"The 13th" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
"Everyone feels good in the room" she swings
"Two chord cool in the head" she sings
"A-Buzz A-Buzz A-Buzzing like them killer bees"
Tell me this is not for real
Please tell me this is not for real

From time to time her eyes get wide
And she's always got them stuck on me
I'm surprised at how hot honey-colored and hungry she looks
And I have to turn away to keep from bursting
Yeah I feel that good!

She slips from the stage
A foot no more
But it seems to take an hour for her to reach the floor
And the two chord cool still grooves
As she slides towards me smooth as a snake
I can't swallow I just start to shake
And I just know this is a big mistake
Yeah but it feels good!

Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!

"If you want I can take you on another kind of ride"
"Believe me I would but"
Deep inside the 'But' is 'Please'
I am yearning for another taste
And my shaking is 'Yes'

"You will be all the things in the world you've never been
See all the things in the world you've never seen
Dream all the things in the world you've never dreamed"
But I think I get a bit confused
Am I seducing or being seduced?

Oh I know that tomorrow I'll feel bad
But I really couldn't care about that
She's grinning singing spinning me round and round
Smiling as I start to fall
Her face gets big her face gets small
It's like tonight I'm really not me at all
And it feels good!

Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!
Do it to me!

It feels good!

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"The 13th" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

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    General CommentAnother perfect line about sex "her face gets big her face gets small"... almost as good as "you wet through and me headfirst" ...
    whywhywhyon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentErr, the song bewilders me a bit, but about the title, in the video, at the start, the TV says "Number 12 in a series of brutal hotel slayings..."
    sage.charcoalon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIs in my top 5 Cure songs of all time. highly underrated. I love the horn.
    And, "am i seducing or being seduced?" is the best line of any song...ever!
    stuck on an islandon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRobert said something about a night in a bar doing singing against other people and another chick sang 'the 13th' but it was different, and the song was inspired by that. I can imagine a complete different music video in my head... one which includes dancing, hip thrusting, and smeared lipstick lol.
    bloodflowers323on January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthahahahaha! HIP THRUSTING!!! that's what i think about when i listen to this song as well . . .

    but on another note, this is one of my favorites.
    the_lovecat7000on February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Cure songs. I'm surprised it isn't more popular, it was a single after all and did OK in the charts over here (UK). Brings back lots of good memories from the time, though nothing interesting enough to write here.

    Onto the meaning of the song: I think it's about Robert having a one-night stand with an exotic dancer in a bar, which he enjoys but feels guilty about at the same time because he's already married. Going by some of Robert's comments on the song, it sounds to me as though this incident actually did happen, but his wife forgave him.

    Apparently it was originally called 'The Two Chord Cool' but Robert changed the title after he noticed a strange coincidence; the incident described in the song happened on the 13th of the month, and he wrote the lyrics on the 13th of another month, so he wondered if it had some significance. If you listen very carefully to this song there's some interesting sounds in the background, at the beginning of the second verse there's a strange high-pitched laugh somewhere behind the vocal.
    MaskOfSanityon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow oofus easy on the caps lock ha.
    ~*whisper*~on May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentListening to this song, I think it's about drugs. Like... "I know tomorrow, I'll feel bad... but I really couldn't care about that..." it almost sounds like he is trying a kind of drug for the first time. Also, it sounds like he's either having sex or is going to have sex.
    __ohmelancholyon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove the subtle guitar.
    genitalben007on February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin my mind this song is about a guy wanting to have sex with a girl when he shouldnt for some reason. she is some sort of performer, eying him from the stage and is sexually forward, he wants to refuse but cant. this isnt usual for him so he is suprised, but is enjoying not being himself, maybe not caring or the sexual freedom. cool song, i like how convincing Robert Smith is.
    blackskieslullabyon August 15, 2008   Link

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