"One Hundred Years" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
It doesn't matter if we all die
Ambition in the back of a black car
In a high building there is so much to do
Going home time
A story on the radio
Something small falls out of your mouth
And we laugh
A prayer for something better
A prayer
For something better

Please love me
Meet my mother
But the fear takes hold
Creeping up the stairs in the dark

Waiting for the death blow
Waiting for the death blow
Waiting for the death blow
Stroking your hair as the patriots are shot
Fighting for freedom on the television
Sharing the world with slaughtered pigs
Have we got everything?
She struggles to get away

The pain
And the creeping feeling
A little black haired girl
Waiting for Saturday
The death of her father pushing her
Pushing her white face into the mirror
Aching inside me
And turn me round
Just like the old days
Just like the old days
Just like the old days
Just like the old days

Caressing an old man
And painting a lifeless face
Just a piece of new meat in a clean room
The soldiers close in under a yellow moon
All shadows and deliverance
Under a black flag
A hundred years of blood
The ribbon tightens round my throat
I open my mouth
And my head bursts open
A sound like a tiger thrashing in the water
Thrashing in the water
Over and over
We die one after the other
Over and over
We die one after the other
One after the other
One after the other
One after the other
One after the other

It feels like a hundred years
A hundred years
A hundred years
A hundred years
A hundred years
One hundred years

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"One Hundred Years" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +8
    Song MeaningFirstly, you have to bare in mind that so many of the songs on Pornography were so psychedelically drug-fuelled, lacking in context, often attempting to merely sound dark and depressing for the sake of it - and often meaningless in reality. R. Smith said himself that he wanted to album to sound "virtually unbearable".

    My interpretation of the song is, taking the name literally - One Hundred Years - It's essentially about a century of bloodshed, bloodlust, anger, greed and darkness. All the downfalls of human nature and their consequences. The different stanzas could be seen as referring to a different period from the last century - 'Ambition in the back of black car' (which might be metaphorical), 'In a high building [office block] there is so much to do' - suicidal or terrorist connotations. 'Going home time,
    A story on the radio' - Returning from the meaningless job you hate, a short-lived break from harsh reality, and listening to the radio to hear the same awful news stories about war or suffering in the world - the insignificance of a working man's life in the modern day.

    In the following stanzas - references to soldiers and war, take your pick from the many political conflicts and wars which have occurred over the last century (Baring in mind it was the past hundred years from when the song was written).

    The lyrics could be seen as revealing short stories in their own right, but I don't think there's any deep, meaningful, revealing context to be gleamed from the lyrics. The whole song is just a despairing look everything wrong in the world. The human race makes advances on the surface, but nothing really changes with time; human greed and selfishness and suffering are ever-present. All the same problems that plague humanity continue to exist over an entire century, just as they have for the already centuries past. One Hundred Years of darkness, suffering, inquality and despair. The opening line is essentially a summary of the whole song 'It doesn't matter if we all die' - and the world probably wouldn't suffer one bit from it.
    Spoikeon July 23, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis has to be their best song, besides "fascination street". it's full darkness, it's just wonderful.
    fireincairoon October 31, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe way the guitars and lyrics revolve and twist dismally around each other in this song...it pulls me into that hopeless hellbound spiral that Robert Smith was caught up in as a younger man. For the duration of this song, I feel like I'll never be free.
    "One Hundred Years" is the most brilliant and deliciously agonized, unabashed display of self-loathing I've ever heard...I love how it opens Pornography with it's utter hopelessness, but as the album progresses, there develops just a tiny glimmer of hope entwined in all of the blackness. There's nothing like it.
    sorrywrongnumbahon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is essential Cure right here! Beautiful song about the futility of life, love, and death.
    DeathRockBoyon July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has the coolest beat and pretty much sums up my life. Sad, isnt it?
    Johnnyswitchbladeon October 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI applaud to Gay Christmas Tree. That's all that needs to be said.
    This song makes me wanna spin around like a maniac.
    MissNeuroticon February 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOmg i had a long, in-depth interpretation of this song but i lost it x[
    The song in general is about the meaninglessness of life, and how we will all die anyway. But i took a more literal look at the lyrics and this is what i came up with:

    The song switches POVs between a soldier and his daughter. The daughter had once been depressed about life thinking it was pointless, but once her father died at war, she again adopted this way of thinking and freed herself from her horrible life by killing herself. The soldier, her father, also thought the world was pointless too because he was at war, where he could be killed any moment, and not at home with his family. He ends up getting killed, and later more of his fellow soldiers get killed too, making the meaning of the song "It doesn't matter if we all die" even more true.

    Of course, i could be wrong but lyrics are subjective anyway.
    Very depressing and haunting song. I adore the Cure especially their goth era!
    Humanoidon November 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, it doesn't matter if we all die.
    That's a goddamn slogan for depressed goth rock of the 80's, absolutely unforgettable.
    MDMasteron June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a way to open an album, i dont think its the best cure song, best cure in my opinion is 1987-2000 stuff, tho i havent yet heard wild mood swings
    fleaaaaaaon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song and the album pornography even though it is relatively redundant. it reminds me of when i saw the cure in concert this summer. awesome. gotta love robert smith.
    StutteringMimeon October 04, 2004   Link

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