What does A Forest mean?

The Cure: A Forest Meaning

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Song Released: 1980


A Forest Lyrics

Come closer and see
see into the trees
find the girl
while you can
Come closer and see
see into the dark
just follow your eyes
just follow your eyes

I hear her voice
calling my name
the sound is deep
in the dark
I hear her...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2017 !⃝

    It seems to represent the inherent problem associated with finding truelove within such a limited time by chance random meeting, which becomes an almost absurd game of impossibility. Again and again, relations may come and go, as the fragile nature of ones desire for happiness is easily lost on a word. An infinite maze of variables and unpredictable reactions or emotions might result in a false perception.

    You can't see the forest through the trees, but instinctively you search like a blind man in the dark, feeling she must exist somewhere out there far away, calling out your name... or was it you who didn't know what you had until it was gone?

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 3rd 2023 !⃝

    This is basically the same theme as "I am the walrus" but told in a more cryptic manner. The idea that all life is one entity is common throughout history. In this story the man at first believes

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2019 !⃝

    After meeting a great love and fleeing from it, he gets lost and unknowingly looks for her but doesn't find her.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2017 !⃝

    Smith has given varying explanations behind his lyrics for "A Forest". He has said that the lyrics were based upon a dream he had as a child where he was lost in the woods unable to escape but later denied it and stated, "It's just about a forest".[4]

    Are you questioning someone? tell it to the person directly. Good luck!

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 8th 2014 !⃝

    Robert Smith Has Given Varying Explanations Behind His Lyrics For "A Forest". He Has Said That The Lyrics Were Based Upon A Dream He Had As A Child Where He Was Lost In The Woods Unable To Escape But Later Denied It And Stated, "It's Just About A Forest".

  6. Kermunklin
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    Nov 12th 2011 !⃝

    I believe this song to be about existential angst and the search for love/meaning/truth and being frustrated that it cannot be found in any sort of objective way. When one is this state of mind, before one accepts the lack of this sort of objectivity (and at times even after), the world seems like a hellish, dark place-very much the endless forest that Smith describes. For a terrifically funny band, this is certainly one of their "goth" song which seems to have little or no humor, just an endless dreary (although quite wonderful) chord progression puncuated occaisonally by a musically semi-hopeful "chorus" which only resolves back into the original dreary progression once more. It's alot like life, sometimes.

  7. anonymous
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    May 25th 2011 !⃝

    The guy who wrote the lyrics is a hopeless romantic.

    He is singing about a girl he saw in a hallucination/ dream.

    He enters the forest- which is no ordinary forest. "Happy forest" basically: (Come closer and see see into the trees find the girl while you can ).

    Her voice was so enchanting- like a siren (I hear her voice calling my name the sound is deep in the dark).

    When he awoke into reality, he realized he is in love. He then goes on a quest to search for her and finds nothing. He becomes hopeless (I'm lost in a forest all alone The girl was never there)

    So now he's searching for her in reality but all the other girls are not "The Girl": (it's always the same I'm running towards nothing again and again and again)

    I hope Pygmalion found his true love.

  8. Mykel100
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    Feb 15th 2011 !⃝

    This is basically the same theme as "I am the walrus" but told in a more cryptic manner. The idea that all life is one entity is common throughout history. In this story the man at first believes there are two entities, the man and the girl like in the grand master flash song "Step off" he says we're"forever in a world just you and the girl a few grams in the pipe to make your head twirl" The forest is all the other people, as the man moves into the forest he realises that the girl was never there, just him a single entity playing games with himself, no matter which way he aproaches the idea the result is always the same. He is alone.


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