“How Beautiful You Are” – The Cure’s lyrics are poetry too

The Cure released "How Beautiful You Are" in 1987.
The Cure released “How Beautiful You Are” in 1987.

“How Beautiful You Are”
by
The Cure

You want to know why I hate you?
Well I’ll try and explain…
You remember that day in Paris
When we wandered through the rain
And promised to each other
That we’d always think the same
And dreamed that dream
To be two souls as one
And stopped just as the sun set
And waited for the night
Outside a glittering building
Of glittering glass and burning light…

And in the road before us
Stood a weary greyish man
Who held a child upon his back
A small boy by the hand
The three of them were dressed in rags
And thinner than the air
And all six eyes stared fixedly on you

The father’s eyes said “Beautiful!
How beautiful you are!”
The boy’s eyes said
“How beautiful!
She shimmers like a star!”
The child’s eyes said nothing
But a mute and utter joy
And filled my heart with shame for us
At the way we are

I turned to look at you
To read my thoughts upon your face
And gazed so deep into your eyes
So beautiful and strange
Until you spoke
And showed me understanding is a dream
“I hate these people staring
Make them go away from me!”

The father’s eyes said “Beautiful!
How beautiful you are!”
The boy’s eyes said
“How beautiful! She glitters like a star!”
The child’s eyes said nothing
But a quiet and utter joy
And filled my heart with sadness
For the way we are

And this is why I hate you
And how I understand
That no one ever knows or loves another

Or loves another

Writers:  Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, Simon Gallup, Boris Williams,
Robert James Smith, Porl Thompson
Copyright:  Fiction Songs Ltd.

“How Beautiful You Are” is from the Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me album, released in in 1987.

Years ago, I sat in a car and read these lyrics from the cassette insert before I had even heard the music.  I was already a Cure fan, but this song proved to me how powerful lyrics can be.  Today I heard this song again and remembered what an impact it had on me.  I’ve always thought of “How Beautiful You Are” as poetry and even though it’s bitter and hopeless, I always want to re-read the lyrics and listen to the music.

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2 thoughts on ““How Beautiful You Are” – The Cure’s lyrics are poetry too

  1. The cure is my all time fav band!! I actually just listened to this song the other day. If I had to pick a favorite song of theirs, I’d prob go with to Wish Impossible Things or A Night Like This.

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