"The Loudest Sound" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
Side by side in silence
They pass away the day
So comfortable, so habitual
And so nothing left to say

Nothing left to say [Repeat: x1]

Side by side in silence
His thoughts echo round
He looks up at the sky
She looks down at the ground

Stares down at the ground [Repeat: x1]

Side by side in silence
They wish for different worlds
She dreams him as a boy
And he loves her as a girl

Loves her as a girl

And side by side in silence
Without a single word

It's the loudest sound [Repeat: x1]

It's the loudest sound I ever heard

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"The Loudest Sound" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

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    General CommentThis is what the man himself has said about the song:
    "About my biggest fear about the future: it was inspired by staring an old couple walking along the beach in front of my house." - Robert Smith

    So I think we quite surely can say it is about a decaying and dying relationship. But what I find very interesting though, is that different people have so different interpretations of the song. It would be interesting to know what experience with relationships the people who find the song happy compared to those who find the song sad. I suspect that people who find it happy haven't experienced a hurtful end or a slowly decaying, dying relationship (whether it is a friendship or love, direct or indirect (example: parents divorce), doesn't matter) or are just really romantic, while those who find it sad have experienced a hurtful/slowly decaying end to a relationship.

    I have to admit that in my opinion the more I listen to this song, the harder I find it to see the 'bright' interpretation in the lyrics.
    "He looks up at the sky
    She looks down at the ground"
    "They wish for different worlds
    She dreams him as a boy
    And he loves her as a girl"
    I think these lyrics are those that makes it clearest that this is not a happy love song. The first couple of lines shows that the couple views the world in different ways. The first line in the second couple of lines tells us that the couple wishes for different things in life and the next two lines tells us that the couple once loved each other a long time ago and still loves the person they fell in love with, however they are not the same anymore.

    The repeat of "side by side in silence" shows that there is a silence between the couple. Since the silence is described as "it's the loudest sound I ever heard" it is clear that it is an unwanted silence, a silence which won't shut up because you know it shouldn't be there and it makes you uncomfortable.
    ClawOfRavenon June 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't agree at all with these interpretations. While fanciful and nice, I think that all of you are missing the parts where it says he "looks up at the sky" and she "stares down at the ground", and "they wish for different worlds". These are two people who once loved one another, but they're no longer on the same page in life. They're still together because the situation is safe and familiar, not because they're in love. They have nothing left to say to each other because it's all been said, and everything that's being done now is just going through the motions. The silence and the distance will just keep growing and growing the longer that this goes on.
    DJEclipseon February 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about a child whose parents don't love each other anymore. The way Smith sings it leads the listener to show that he is the true victim. The guitar is perfect for this song, very repetitive(habitual) and yet very soothing(comfortbale). It all gels too well. We're not worthy.
    Nailerkon November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmmm, i wouldn/t have thought of it like that^
    to me it means that this is a relationship, they are tryng to stay together maybe because they feel pressured, maybe 'cause everyone is so used to them being together, but they don't know each other anymore, they are trying to hang onto the memories of who they were, not wanting to look or realize all the changes in them
    nothing i amon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe loudest sound is silence.................
    The decay of a relationship...................
    "nothing left to say...."
    rosstmosson February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I hear this, I see an elderly couple walking along the beach at sunset, just enjoying each others company, yet they reminisnce of their younger days. "Nothing left to say" doesn't have to mean the conversation has run dry; it could mean that nothing is needed to be said: the love between the couple is just... understood.
    Ztarlighton April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim going to have to go with Ztarlight with this one... it seems more like a song about "true love" and not just infatuation.
    pokemostaron April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, they are in a longterm relationship, one that started from a young playful age, and now they realize they have both grown up and out of who they once were. They sit in silence, longing for it to feel the same but all that remain are the memories: "she dreams him as a boy, and he loves her as a girl.." but not as a man and not as a woman, they've grown apart.
    shanroidon August 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most heartbreaking Cure songs for me, perhaps becuase it hits so close to home. To me it is about a relationship that has grown apart. It's so easy for a relationship to fall into a gradual decay, no matter how much two people love each other. In between work, friends, family and all of the million little things that steal our time many of us replace physical proximity with spending time with the person we love. Before you know it, you don't even know each other anymore. You have no common ground left, nothing in common but the same address.
    aerynon June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm up with Ztarlights view too, it was really the first thing I thought about hearing this song.. It reminded me of my own grandparents, and I can only hope I ever find a love that I want to be together with forever, loving eachother unconditionally 'till the end.. That's a bit the feeling this song gives me..
    Was actually surprised that some people hàve other thoughts over the song :)
    sjarloton July 02, 2006   Link

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