"M" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, Simon Gallup and Matthieu A. Hartley....
Hello image
Sing me a line from your favorite song
Twist and turn
But you're trapped in the light
All the directions were wrong

You'll fall in love with somebody else
Tonight

Help yourself
But tell me the words
Before you fade away
You reveal all the secrets
To remember the end
And escape someday

You'll fall in love with somebody else
Again tonight

Take a step
You move in time
But it's always back...
The reasons are clear
Your face is drawn
And ready for the next attack


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"M" as written by Matthieu A. Hartley Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    General CommentI'm sorry to say but you're all quite clearly wrong. M is the name of Fritz Lang's seminal film about a child killer in 1930s Germany (I think it's Dusseldorf, but you'd have to check yourselves to be certain). You can tell this quite clearly by the lines:
    "You'll fall in love with somebody else
    Tonight" (The child killer says that he can't help what he does - not unlike love)

    "And ready for the next attack"
    (Attack another victim perhaps?).

    Obviously it isn't solely about this film and resonates quite effectively as a love song, however the title's origin is in the Fritz Lang film, not his future wife.
    The_Rebourson December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis was so good live
    fleaaaaaaon July 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOr maybe it's just stating that there's a difference between loving someone and falling in love with someone?
    HateSaikoon January 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the "Hello Image" bit. It's from Baudelaire isn't it? I don't know which poem. It's also in A Happy Death, by Albert Camus, which Robert lists as one of his favourite books. And I'ma agree with everyone else: it's about Mary.
    lixtetraxon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of their best tunes. I adore Robert Smith's wife for inspiring all these great songs (lovesong, just Like Heaven, Pictures of You, et cetera.) she is quite possibly one of my favourite people on the planet.
    charlieSometimeson July 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Did you write the following with anyone inparticular in mind?"
    "Mary" (Cure News 3 - September 1987)
    rabbithowlon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, it's about Mary....
    Leobasitaon December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm wondering how this song could be about his wife and have lyrics like "You'll fall in love with someone else agian tonight." Could it have before they were serious maybe?
    theexplodinggirlon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes this song was written before they were serious. at least, i think so. Robert and Mary got married in 1988. This song appeared on 17 Seconds in 1980 i believe. I dont think they were dating then, but i could very well be wrong.
    Perhaps its about her falling in love with someone, anyone, but Robert. We all know how that feels, eh?
    ZombieCultHeroon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentM is about Mary, his wife. They've been together in some form since they were 14 years old, and the song lends itself pretty obviously to that form of relationship turbulence. Robert has cross-referenced that letter constantly to his wife through his career, and I would imagine that Mary is a much more avid influence on him than a random Fritz Lang film, as fantastic as it is.
    rabbithowlon June 27, 2007   Link

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