"Down Under" as written by Robert James Smith, Jason Toop Cooper, Simon Gallup and Porl Thompson....
Around the sea-green pool we spin
Mermaids sing songs to pull us in
Just when we're here, she slides up slow
To fallllllll down under

Her burning eyes, the only clue to
Who plays, what plays, when plays
You just blew my cue to drown this there
All in wonder

Oh I can't start, I smiled at her twice
Helpless bids
And minds as blank with ice
Disguise the stroke, entice you out
To quote a number

Breathe in and breathe in
As long as you choose
Remember not all games are won
By the last one to lose


Tear until his head we break and
trick is how to fake the first mistake
To rip and take, the easy choice
Too close to care how
Whispered songs and changing stride
Day to night, and every wrong is right
Come dry your eye, bite my lip
We're almost there now
Breathe in and breathe in
As long as you choose
Remember not all games are won

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    General CommentThis whole set of singles (which I like to think of as "the Hypnic Jerks") seem to take an interesting spin on the themes of sex, drugs, and general hedonism that Robert would usually cast the speaker in his songs in (I say speaker, as some songs just don't feel like they're about him personally). As opposed to being a willing participant, it seems like Robert's singing about someone who sees things like this and disapproves. There seems to be almost an air of ignorant young lovers there, as per the narrative in "The Perfect Boy" and the last line here. But yeah, like a lot of Cure songs that are poppier and fun, you have to admit, this is about drugs and/or sex lol.
    chardsofglasson September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with chardsfglass, very much like the perfect boy. I wonder if this whole album's addressed to someone particularly? I thought at first it was all about the band splitting up, but in a lot of his songs, it sounds like he's angry with someone and wants to shock that person. Am a huge fan of the cure and noticed for quite many years he's talking about a relationship with someone that's not working, it can't be his wife. I believe hes happily married. It feels as though he wants some revenge too, like he doesn't want the girl, but is wanting to hurt her. anyone with me on this one? i'd actually be freaked out if i were her. I hope these are just songs and freaky stories from RS. I would not want to be his enemy, honest!
    seanstuarthomeon October 20, 2010   Link

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