“Say goodbye on a night like this,
if it’s the last thing we ever do;
you never looked as lost as this,
sometimes it doesn’t even look like you.
It goes dark,
it goes darker still,
But, I watch you like I’m made of stone,
as you walk away.”
Snapshot of a tiny apartment on the top floor of a built in the late 1920’s apartment, there was a wall-sized poster of The Cure in our bedroom. We bought it in this store in Berkeley during one of our many trips up the coast. I remember holding it, all rolled up and sticking out awkwardly, as we road the Bart underwater. You taught yourself how to play this song on your acoustic guitar, the one I gave you for your birthday, the one you once said you would teach me to play on.
We didn’t bother buying a television because we had so much music between the two of us. Some nights we would shut off all the lights, pull the shades down, lie on the floor side-by-side and just let the music wash over us. We would trade lists of favorite songs from bands we both loved, and this one was top on both of ours. This was back when things were good between us, when we recognized our common ground and appreciated our differences.
I heard that after I left you played this in that coffee house, open mic night, and said it was for me; strange as you would have never told me any of that yourself, not then, and probably not ever. Music speaks volumes of otherwise unsaid sentiments though, I suppose.
I think this song would still make my list of favorites from The Cure, though I know I have others, so many others.
4 thoughts on “And the smile and the shake of your head :: SOTD”
You always pick interesting topics and music.
I love the Pumpkin’s Aeroplane Flies High cover of this Cure song, sung by James Iha.
I’ve not heard that cover…I’m going to have to seek it out.
I probably just happen to know it b/c I was such a huge Pumpkins fan in the 90s…I listend to the Aeroplane box set over and over. Not sure if you’d like the cover…maybe an acquired taste? I hope you like it though.
Oooh…I do like it. I always like James Iha’s vocals…it is a definite different feel/style/interpretation – more low-fi – but I really do like it A LOT.