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Song Released: 1989

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Lullaby Lyrics

On candystripe legs spiderman comes
On candystripe legs spiderman comes
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
Stealing past the windows of...


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    Jun 13th, 2008 6:30pm report

    I think it's about a male child (maybe Robert) who gets raped frequently, probably by someone who lives in the same house as him.

    Actually the lyrics is longer then posted here, at the start of the song Robert whispers "I spy something beginning with s..." and I'm pretty sure the word is 'sex'

    the song end with Robert whispering "'Come into my parlour' said the spider to the fly ' I have something for you here"

    further more a line in the song is "His arms are around me and his tounge in my eyes"

    I think it's pretty clear what the following part of the song means "'be still, be calm, be quiet now, my precious little boy, don't struggle like that or I will only love you more'"


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    Jan 6th, 1:14pm report

    It's about spiders. He said in an interview that his grandfather told him a story about how spiders always grow and that they watch you. Because of that it's one of his fears that he decided to Express and share to the world.


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    Sep 29th, 2019 9:51am report

    I think it is about a Dead of the Soul experience, after he realized that he loved the girl he had caused serious damage.


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    Sep 29th, 2019 9:47am report

    Dark night of the soul experience, after hurting the girl you loved.


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    Sep 17th, 2019 9:51pm report

    I Think it is about someone getting raped like when he says "his arms around me, or it's much too late to get away"
    This can be about the feeling of helplessness that you experience if you are sexually assaulted. He also says " be still, be quiet now my precious little boy don't struggle like that or I will only love you more" This is also could be a father figure or something like that saying to him that he needs to be still in order for him to be molested which could also be a sign of child abuse. I think that the song is actually about being sexually molested as a child and then the nightmares that comes with. also you are mostly sexually assaulted in the night so he's used to hearing this lullaby when he falls asleep because that's when it happens, and then he dreams about it and fears it.


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    Mar 8th, 2018 3:01pm report

    I remember reading in an article somewhere that it could be about a drug based nightmare world / the bizzare things you would experience when you were under the influence of LSD , which Robert has a history with, by the way. The " Spiderman " was not only representative of the terrifying nightmares he would experience but also a metaphor for his addiction. As well as that , I think it is also genuinely a song intended to be creepy that could be relatable to many different dark situations ( including addiction ,rape and depression) . No one is wrong , this is an incredible and unnerving song that gives you chills. What i like even better is the incredibly ironic title - this is anything but a gentle good night lullaby!


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    Feb 26th, 2018 2:05pm report

    I think the song is about a child who gets raped frequently, maybe by someone who is related to him.
    "be still, be calm, be quiet now, my precious little boy, don't struggle like that or I will only love you more"


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    Feb 26th, 2018 2:20am report

    i would say that it´s about a boy being molested by his dad.


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    Dec 8th, 2017 12:28am report

    The song is about a boy who is afraid to fall asleep because he is afraid of spiders. He imagines that the spider in his room grows big, and is able to eat him or hurt him. The reason why it is a spider is maybe because he might has had a bad experience with spiders earlier in his life. I'm sure of that because I have talked to Sophie (a dear lady) about that.
    xoxo Loana the 3rd


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    Dec 8th, 2017 12:25am report

    The story is based around a gay man, and him being gay. The man is scared to come out of the closet, and the spider is a metaphor of his fear for telling people about it.


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    Dec 4th, 2015 12:36am report

    I hate to ruin all the darkness, but the song is about the experience one goes through when crossing the British Channel with their car via ferry service. The term "Candy Stripers" refers to what happens to your arms and legs while sitting in your car waiting for the ferry to take you.
    "Being eaten by a thousand furry holes" refers to how a persons bottom feels after sitting for so many hours. "Spiderman" was the name of one of the most well known ferries.
    Anyone who has ever had to go through this process knows exactly what this song is about. A cruel, yet voluntary experience that takes many hours to complete. A time during which you cannot fall asleep, and you cannot get out of line, or you end up at the back of the line again.
    Never the less, a great song. Enjoy it!


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    Jun 25th, 2014 6:43pm report

    Okay. People it can mean whatever you want to drug addiction to molestation to just a pure nightmare. Interpretation one: it can be about someone getting raped like when he says "his arms around me, or it's much too late to get away" to the uncomfortableness and awkwardness of when the rape is happening by him saying:" and I feel like I'm being eaten by a thousand shivering furry holes. The Spiderman is always hungry".
    Interpretation two: drug addiction. Like when he says "when you struggle like that you make me want to love you more". The Spiderman is probably a hatred version of himself who wants the drug while his other self is trying to go through a rehab phase but can't because as it says "the Spiderman is always hungry"
    Interpretation three: it can also be about just a simple random nightmare. You know that nightmare where you get and you eventually wake up and your like "what was that all about". especially the video shows a great out look on what Robert Smith's beautiful mind is up to.
    Whether you have a different interpretation or not we can all agree on one thing Robert smith/the cure is an amazing band along with their music and metaphorical lyrics along with weird videos that just makes you feel tingly inside


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    May 15th, 2014 5:21am report

    Woah woah woah everybody. This is such a cool creepy song about a nightmare and being eaten by a giant spider, then your ruin it all by saying it's about drugs and sex and all that horrible stuff! No, I reckon it is just about a nightmare, that's all. This is such an amazing song, it's sort of creepy but not in a really scary way, just a sort of really comforting, lulling-you into it beautiful dream sort of song. There's a great review for it on all music.com.


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    Aug 18th, 2013 8:14pm report

    I believe too many people are reading way too deep into this one. It's about a nightmare, simple as that. Not drugs, not addiction, not sex, and especially not  molestion!

    I could believe his father telling him the bedtime stories part. And if that's the case I can see how Robert Smith has the talented imagination he has. Kudos to him. I believe he has written some of the darkest, most beautiful, music to date. And still enjoyable. Songs stick to you, this one included.

    Great song at Halloween.


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    Jun 23rd, 2012 6:06pm report

    You are all reading to far into it it's not about child abuse it's the stories his father told him when was young it's the fear and stress of nightmares it's a brilliant song my favourite by far


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    May 10th, 2012 5:48pm report

    Smith has stated, in interviews, it is about lullabies his Father use to tell he and his sister. I am sure that was the genesis for the song. However, there is no doubt by the lyrics, it is clearing a song about child molestation and the fears and horrors which not only surround it, but the ability, as a child, not to be able to deal with it.

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