"Faith" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
Catch me if I fall
I'm losing hold
I can't just carry on this way
And every time
I turn away
Lose another blind game
The idea of perfection holds me
Suddenly I see you change
Everything at once
The same
But the mountain never moves
Rape me like a child
Christened in blood
Painted like an unknown saint
There's nothing left but hope
Your voice is dead
And old
And always empty
Trust in me through closing years
Perfect moments wait
If only we could stay
Say the right words
Or cry like the stone white clown
And stand forever
Lost forever in a happy crowd

No one lifts their hands
No one lifts their eyes
Justified with empty words
The party just gets better and better

I went away alone
With nothing left
But faith

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"Faith" as written by Jill Cunniff

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  • +4
    General CommentThe whole Faith album doesn't seem to be getting much respect with number of posts. Oh well.

    Faith the song is great. However I don't think the song wants us to believe it is a good thing to have. With all the shitty things that happen in the world and this song touches on some of them, I feel Robert is singing to say that we've all failed. It's his "fuck you world" song. "No one lifts their eyes, no one lifts their hands..." to fix these problems. We could have "perfection" but no one even dares to try...people just don't care...all they offer are "empty words" as they have become complacent in life as they've found "faith." Why try to make anything better when you have Faith on your side? That's the kicker...

    So then what is Robert to do? Well this is where rainydayboy's comments come in...you gotta have Faith to keep on going through this bleak world. And that's what Robert does...not because it is what he wants or even will make him happy. But because the only other option is suicide..."Catch me if I fall, I'm losing hold, Can't just carry on this way." He wants to carry on...even if it means giving up his idealism.

    The song takes the grey feeling the album has...that there is beauty in bad things but that bad things are still bad. Silver lining in the black cloud but not good enough...at least not to me and I don't think to Robert either.
    Nailerkon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn Smith's own words:

    "I don't think I'll ever write a song that'll ever move me as much as Faith, that'll change my life as much as that song did, or encapsulates a period of my life as well as that one does."

    He also said he meant for the song to offer a note of hope.

    One of the best Cure songs - IMO
    monster36604on November 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgood god this song is so amazing it hurts to read it. First of all though why hasnt anybody posted comments about the cure. Of all the bands, this one's lyrics are so full of emotion and meaning. REading it, i am so curious about what painful as hell experiences Robert Smith went through to describe what he does. For me this song is the ultimate expression of life, of why we all are still alive. We all try to live up to ideals of perfection in our heads and its just imossible. Some of us fail and accept it, others spend their lives trying to live up to somehting they're not, and i dont care what religion you are what political belief you are what personal morals you have, in the end the only thing that really keeps us believing that life is worth living is faith.
    rainydayboyon February 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think what this song is describing is a failing relationship and the desperation of holding on to it, hoping and relying on nothing else but faith to keep you guys together.. because everything else has failed.

    the first verse describes how he can't hold on to the things the way they are

    'losing blind games' teamed up with 'idea of perfection holds me' is saying that he wants to be perfect for her, but somehow everythign he says or does seems to be wrong

    "suddenly i see you change" and "but the mountain never moves" the mountain between them or the mountain of problems still stands there, therefore i would take the 'see you change' as he sees her change away from him.. growing more distant

    and from the first verse you know he's tried all he can to no avail.. so he claims 'there's nothing left but hope'..that's the only thing he has to hold on to her

    He describes her voice as dead, empty.. and yet he still begs her to trust in him that in time things will be good again because he believes that much in them, if only she'd stay.

    my favorite line is 'please say the right words' and the way he sings it.. it's like when you stand there letting someone go you dont' want to and you still love and you just beg and scream in your head that they say something, anything or that you say something that will make the situation suddenly just change.. you desperately want something to change this situation

    but nobody does anything 'justified with empty words' her words to him state clearly that she no longer loves him

    so upon accepting this he walks away with nothing, but faith. everything else of his is gone, so the only thing he can hold on to is the faith of their love
    xpsychicheartsxon May 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo, so beautiful, this song makes me cry. Cure lyrics always seem to rip open healed wounds in me and heal them again. Simply amazing.
    Fallenpetalon December 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRobert has said this is his favorite album cuase it "saved his life" and actually the second song is primary which was dedicated to the band joy division whos lead singer ian curtis commited suicide which was the reason robert didnt kill himself

    this is NOT about religion at all and i quote robert on religion (ill post the link of the interview)
    "I think religion is the worst invetions of man... in history of man"

    AChainOfFlowerson July 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a common saying "faith moves mountains" and here we have the line:

    But the mountain never moves...

    He implies that even faith somehow failed... but seemingly, at the end the only thing that he has is faith...
    a light at the end of the tunnel??
    leiaon January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come no one's mentioned the most disturbing lyric and what it could mean?:
    "Rape me like a child
    Christened in blood".
    Filiuson February 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song quite truthfully is about the death of some of Robert's family members, i think his mother was one of them? In it he talks about how he tries to use religious faith to comfort him but can't find it. Beautiful song, one of my faves.
    kurtisebear2010on June 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible, absolutely, heart-breakingly incredible. Totally right, rainydayboy
    Fred39on March 05, 2003   Link

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