The Cure: Disintegration Meaning
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The shameless kiss of vanity
The soft and the black and the velvety
Up tight against the side of me
And mouth and eyes and heart all bleed
And run in thickening streams of greed
As bit by bit it...
anonymous Oct 2nd 2020 report
I think this song is actually about facing the reality of growing old. He talks about being younger and feeling closer to Heaven than to feel whole again (he gets closer to heaven aka death each day, yet longs for the wholesomeness of childhood). Robert wrote this song when he was 29, going on 30. As someone who is in my mid 20’s currently, I completely relate to that feeling of missing your childhood and family members as you grow older
anonymous Feb 28th 2020 report
One of the most powerful songs. As has been said, this song about a painful end of a relationship and the accompanying feelings that go with that. Swirling through the Shock, Withdrawal, Internalization, Rage and Lifting (SWIRL) as Susan Anderson describes in the breakup process. He goes over and over these feelings trying to put together the pieces of a puzzle that can’t be put together and finally realizes that there’s nothing more than to accept that the end is just the end.
anonymous Nov 13th 2019 report
In my opinion, the song is about infidelity and heartbreak. As another person above said, Robert Smith sings about how he misses the younger days of his relationship. He misses the dangerous and fierce kisses, the earlier days where they used to fuck every day and every night, and that part makes me think heartbreak. He sings about how it's not like it used to be, and because of that, he begins to feel more attracted to younger women. "The addiction of duplicities"
Obviously, he refers to sexual intercourse. Another way of saying that they used to "go at it like bunnies"
anonymous Nov 26th 2018 report
That it could be about the end of a relationship is obvious but I think it could be about an artist leaving the stage too. Specially the 2nd half of the song.
anonymous Mar 8th 2018 report
It seems to me, to be about a relationship that has lost its love. He sings about missing the dangerous kisses they used to enjoy, and how he cannot help but be attracted to lots more women because he isn't getting any love from his existing relationship. They both know that it isn't working, but he knows that when it ends, it will end like all his relationships - painful and bitter. He sings about going round and around again- all his romance fails and he knows eventually he will leave her too, even though it will break them both and probably push him over the edge.
anonymous Sep 29th 2017 report
It's about an affair with a younger person, who gives validation to it because of their obsession with the band and their popularity.
anonymous Apr 1st 2015 report
Even though he misses and yearns the love he once knew that felt good with all of the trappings in a relationship finally turned inward on it's self in the hope to stop the pain of sin, while dissintragating slowly in the feeling of falling without hitting the bottom of the void and continually being sucked slowly by the black hole of the mind.
anonymous Apr 22nd 2012 report
I think that the song is about him having a child and how he cannot accept the next chapter of his life.
anonymous Jun 22nd 2011 report
I think it's about how there is always that one special person will leave you bleeding for them.
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