The Cure – Lullaby
The Cure released “Lullaby” in April 1989, about one month before the release of their new album “Disintegration”. This album is overall dark and upsetting. That was probably not a good period for the band. Members quarreled and fought with each other, some had alcohol problems, and Robert Smith himself probably fell into depression again, some say also with other bad consequences.
He basically couldn’t bear the fact that he was getting 30 (what shall I say, getting 50?). He also could not stand the evidence that the Cure had reached the top of their fame when they got closer to more commercial sounds, leaving their original dark atmospheres.
Actually also this song, apparently handsome and happy, is very dark and scary. Officially, the song is about Robert Smith’s fear of spiders, arachnophobia. But actually if you read the lyrics and see the video again, chances are, that the song might actually talk about childhood abuse and molestation. Smith and the Cure never endorsed this hidden meaning.
In any case, this is definitely one of the Cure’s greatest hits overall, even if it’s noir and gothic. But after all, so were the Cure!
On candy stripe legs the Spiderman comes
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
Looking for the victim shivering in bed
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