"Numb" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
Yeah this is how it ends
After all these years
Tired of it all
Hopelessly helplessly broken apart
He finally falls
He doesn't want to think
Doesn't want to feel
Doesn't want to know what's going on
Says there's nothing he can do will change anything
He doesn't want to know what's going wrong
Because he's in love with a drug
One that makes him numb
One that stops him feeling at all
He's in love with a drug
Forget everyone
He really doesn't care anymore

Yeah this is how it ends
After all this time
Everything just fades away
Worn-out and empty and all alone
With nothing left to say
Oh it's all too big to make a difference
It's all too wrong to make it right
Yeah everything is too unfair
Everything too much to bear
He doesn't have the strength left for the fight
Says all he wants is the drug
The one that makes him numb
The one that stops him feeling at all
He just wants to take the drug
Forget everyone
He doesn't want to care anymore
Just keeps loving the drug
The one that makes him numb
The one that stops him feeling at all
Just keeps loving the drug
The drug that he's become
He isn't really here anymore...

And that makes me cry

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"Numb" as written by Simon Gallup Robert James Smith

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  • +1
    General Commentwhere did you pull Kurt Cobain from?

    A possibility I had, although not saying it for sure is that its about someone who's happy to stay on anti-depressants like valium instead trying to fight his illness alone?
    rollmanon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of the more meaningful songs by The Cure for me. My boyfriend and i have just gotten together for a second time. And he has practicly promised me that he will stop doing drugs for me. They have been an escape for him kinda..to just make all the pain in life go away. But i cant say that i believe him fully in his promise. I know it must be hard...and i know that 'He's In Love With The Drug.' every single time i hear this song i think of him and it almost brakes me down.
    TinyBlackRoseon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about a heroin addict, though I don't know who this song is about specifiically.
    xian-thiron April 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey're not bad lyrics, but geez I'm glad The Cure got back on track with Bloodflowers.
    david_lpfanon September 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf its about anyone its about Lol Tolhurst who was the Cure's original drummer/keyboardist. He was one of Robert's best friends but got so fucked up on drugs that he couldnt even contribute anything (Porl and Robert actually played all the Keyboards on Kiss Me and Roger O'Donnell played during the Kiss Me tour ) and although he was still a member during the Disintegration sessions he contributed nothing to the album due to his drug use.
    King of Some Islandon July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentguess it's about a relationship that never worked out, & never could
    it's the moment u realise that all was 2 wrong from the beginnin to change it, but kept goin on, kept hopin, but in the end u face the truth
    Cure.on September 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about drugs coke and weed loves the drugs more than his wife,,,he is being treated bad at his job but he can not change things there so he just wants to not care,,go home and love the drug.numb in his own world......
    hiltondon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think its a depression induced drug binge.
    "Yeah this is how it ends
    after all these years
    tired of it all
    hopelessly helplessly broken apart
    he finally falls"

    He has been depressed for so long, he never escapes the depression. His life feels as if its falling apart. It finally consumes him("he finally falls").

    "He doesn't want to think
    doesn't want to feel
    doesn't want to know what's going on"

    There are many bad situations in his life. He wants to forget and escape it all, never have to think about it. Not even know it is happening.

    He starts taking drugs to deal with the pain of life, and depression, becoming addicted, hence "he's in love with a drug."

    Through the song the addiction gets worse, he changes completely. And by the end, he is so drugged out his brain isn't functioning right, he killed his memory, and completely screwed him up mentally.
    "he isn't really here anymore..."

    This song is from the point of view of a close friend(maybe relative), they notice how much he has changed because of the drug use.

    It is a very sad song to say the least. I've seen this happen many times..
    JlovesBon November 22, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentit is about Kurt Cobain
    seraphiuson March 27, 2006   Link

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