"Jupiter Crash" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
She follows me down to the sound of the sea
Slips to the sand and stares up at me
"is this how it happens? is this how it feels?
Is this how a star falls?
Is this how a star falls?"

The night turns as I try to explain
Irresistible attraction and orbital plane
"or maybe it's more like a moth to a flame?"
She brushes my face with her smile
"forget about stars for a while"
As she melts

Meanwhile millions of miles away in space
The incoming comet brushes Jupiter's face
And disappears away with barely a trace

"was that it? was that the Jupiter show?
Kinda wasn't quite what I'd hoped for, you know"
Pulling away, she stands up slow
And round her the night turns
Round her the night turns

Yeah, that was it
That was the Jupiter crash
Drawn too close and gone in a flash
Just a few bruises in the region of the splash

She left to the sound of the sea
She just drifted away from me
So much for gravity

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"Jupiter Crash" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

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  • +2
    General Commenthonestly (and Im a big Cure fan) I see the song with one simple phrase:
    A comet is like the girl you fall in love with, suddenly appears, leaves an impact and just as suddenly dissapears.
    Mtha Fckn Gon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat was a good interpretation. Mine is that he is comparing his relationship with her to everything ephemeral. She is a "star", something heavenly, and he is Jupiter. And her being with him is like pulling herself lower. When they are together, she is not longer a star. And then she eventually leaves him, so "so much for gravity" because him being Jupiter, having that pull won't help him now that she left him.
    webmasterdeeon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta lot of The Cure fans may not like Wild Mood Swings for the fact that one (their style was sorta being replaced, but the main one is that this album is known as their "happy/positive" album, therefore after most other The Cure cds, maybe they werent used to it and didnt relate.
    i still think this song is one of their best, i actually think that WMS is underrated. It's better than their last self-titled cd by far in my opinion.
    i agree with fellow posters on the meaning above, great lyrics.
    MathiasCronqviston February 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFrom July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter.

    This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere have been simply spectacular and beyond expectations.

    Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of at least 21 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers.
    marquiceriseon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, thank you! I was curious as to what this song meant. Part of sorta thought it might be a reference to Lost in Space, but I really figured that wasn't it. Thanks again! :-D
    IcarusIncarnateon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above comments but there is something missing here. It is fairly obvious so perhaps that's why there have been no comments this far.

    This song uses metaphor to illustrate the fleeting nature of one's first sexual encounter. It also suggests that the fantasy of sex is better than the reality (much the same way as in the astronomical observance). Notice the lyric "Is that it?"

    There is the expectation that the encounter will be an "event" and it turns out to be brief and unfulfilling. The girl isn't really interested in the celestial bodies but HIS body. As it turns out the event didn't meet to her satisfaction - too short.

    Both the crashing of the solar system bodies and the crashing of these human bodies aren't as spectacular as the girl had hoped.

    At the end she left him and like Jupiter there is hardly any trace (at least from the narrator's earthly perspective). Merely "a few bruises.." In other words, some physical reminder that will soon fade. Nothing lasting transpired in either of the physical crashes.
    ezboy1000on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with ezboy. The first thing that came to mind upon hearing this song was a sexual encounter. I think the reference to the collision is just symbolic. And in my opinion, it's done quite beautifully.
    pistaron March 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyep, ezboy1000 has it.

    As much impact felt here as was discernible out there for something with so much anticipation built up around it.

    But oh yes..."Drawn too close and gone in a flash
    Just a few bruises in the region of the splash"...
    liplexon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl losing her virginity to someone she thinks is so great (like the comet hit is supposed to be). Is this how it happens? Is this how a star falls? (falling - losing her innocence?)

    After the crash, which is nothing spectacular (just leaves a few bruises) and gone in the blink of an eye, she gets up and feels dizzy (night spins around her) she is in shock at what she did after she realises it wasnt what she expected/wanted...so she just leaves him
    Ben_D618on August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful lyrics, but the song doesn't really do them justice.

    The Cure are a great band, but I don't think Wild Mood Swings was their highlight.
    david_lpfanon September 25, 2007   Link

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