What does Charlotte Sometimes mean?

The Cure: Charlotte Sometimes Meaning

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Song Released: 1981


Charlotte Sometimes Lyrics

All the faces
All the voices blur
Change to one face
Change to one voice
Prepare yourself for bed
The light seems bright
And glares on white walls
All the sounds of charlotte sometimes
Into the night
With charlotte sometimes
Night after...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2018 !⃝

    The song appears to use the story from the book as a foundation to describe a young adult woman who is "fractured in her head" [the B-side of "Charlotte Sometimes"] and is actually in a mental institution. The music video is actually filmed in at Holloway Sanatorium, which was an institution for the treatment of those suffering temporary mental illness and was not too dissimilar to a boarding school (dorms, gymnasium, park, classrooms, etc). Using this interpretation will help explain some of the lyrics.

  2. anonymous
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    May 15th 2014 !⃝

    In the book the girl Charlotte is at a boarding school and some nights she's zipped back in time . .

  3. Kermunklin
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    Nov 12th 2011 !⃝

    Also R.S. has admitted hating the video for this song, which seems to follow the plot of the book. He feels it looks like a BBC special from the early eighties, and he's not long. For years I thought the video featured clips of a movie of tv show...nope, just the Cure's video.

  4. Modlovecat
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    Jul 16th 2005 !⃝

    Based on one of Robert Smith's favorite books by the same name, written by Penelope Farmer.


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