Robert about Let´s Go To Bed (interview for Jam! SHOWBIZ, 11/2001): "I realized we have been playing 'Let's Go To Bed' wrong since it has been released. The bassline has been played wrong for almost 20 years. I still haven't got round to telling them."
from UK Jamming magazine´s interview with Robert (09/1985): "The only conscious decision I´ve ever made with regard to what we do was do "Let´s Go To Bed" after "Pornography", because I wanted to do something that sounded really horrible in my head before we did it. I thought of all the bits that I hated in all the records that I´d heard over the past year on the radio, and put them all into one song, and made it twist the whole thing round, so that people didn´t know what we were gonna do next. And it worked really."
Post by mrslovecats on Jun 23, 2016 21:39:47 GMT 1
Let’s Go To Bed, (Godwina and I like to do in depth analysis on lyrics, here are some of our thoughts on Let’s Go To Bed-These opinions are for fun and different perspective, I think all good poetry is meant to be interpreted by the individual, and we all see things differently.)
At first this song just seemed to me like silly fun gibberish. Listening to it in the context of post-Pornography, I’m struck by what a shock this must have been to those early cure fans. To leave the bleak beautiful hell of the Pornography world for the candy colored world of Let’s Go To Bed! A shock to the system. I always liked the song, and of course love those stand out lines “perfect as cats”, “Laughing at the Christmas lights”! Perfection! But I’ve now found more to love.
In the first verse, I picture a cold winter New Year’s Eve night (more on why later). Two lovers out in the cold, “take your hand”, “shaking like milk” and “turning blue”, a lovely way to say come close and hold me, I’m freezing! “Fires outside in the sky / Look as perfect as cats” – fireworks? They do look a little bit like cat whiskers when you think about it. “It’s just the same, A stupid game” “All of this then back again” “Stay alive but stay the same”- this is what makes me think of New Year’s. The reminder of the passing of time, we are getting older, time is passing but we go through these same traditions every year over and over. For RS, coming from the chaotic world of running around the world touring for Pornography, then spending “a few weeks to recuperate in the bedroom I had grown up in” (**Rolling Stone interview 2004), how surreal normalcy must have felt? “You can’t even see now / so you ask me the way” – this line is very striking to me in the context of Pornography. On that album there are many allusions to blindness, “blind me with your purity” “touched her eyes” “blind dancing on a beach of stone” etc., I find it very interesting that in LGTB, the other person is now blind, he is guiding her. He went off and saw the world, saw the chaos and the darkness, he now knows the way. World wise and world weary, “it’s always the same” “is it always liked this” but now he speaks to this theme with less malice. My favorite part of the song is the theme of Let’s go to bed. “I don’t care if you don’t”… reminds me of youthful nights, those conversations -should we go to this party or that party, should we go out, “I don’t care if you don’t, I don’t feel if you don’t”, let’s just go to bed. To me this says the person you are with is enough, you don’t need the parties the wild times or the chaos, even on New Year’s Eve.
** Rolling Stone Interview excerpt 2004 “It took me a few weeks to recuperate in the bedroom I had grown up in, because I was like totally gone. And I decided to be a pop star [laughs]. When I took "Lets Go to Bed" to Fiction and played it to them, it was like silence. They looked at me, like, "This is it. He's really lost it." They said, "You can't be serious. Your fans are gonna hate it." I understood that, but I wanted to get rid of all that. I didn't want that side of life anymore; I wanted to do something that's really kind of cheerful. I thought, "This isn't going to work. No one's ever gonna buy into this. It's so ludicrous that I'm gonna go from goth idol to pop star in three easy lessons. Suddenly, "Let's Go to Bed" was turning into a big hit, on the West Coast particularly, and we had a young, predominately female, teenage audience. It went from intense, menacing, psychotic goths to people with perfect white teeth. It was a very weird transition, but I enjoyed it. I thought it was really funny. We followed it up with "The Walk" and "Love Cats," and I just felt totally liberated. With "Love Cats," I suggested that we were going to do something that's kind of like a Disney take on jazz, based around the Aristocats. And suddenly everything we did started to sell." Read more: www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-cure-album-by-album-20040618#ixzz4CR8xliI7
so nice you put it down mrslovecats , really have grown fond of that song for various reasons, rediscovering it in terms of music yet also lyrics, i now see differently to when i heard it first in teenage days. as so often, i love his play and twist on words, leaving room to one's own imagination and associations which very well change over the years.
indeed such a teenage years feeling of "i won't say it if you don't...", the fear and awkwardness, but also the hope and longing all mixed together. perfect! then another wonderful reference to christmas, the annual tradition, again with very mixed feelings. social discomfort, comfort in repetition and well known rituals but also seeing a certain silliness in it all. the farce of joining in this game again. my favourite is the dust in the white room, like a secluded and detached area from the life around him, where one can escape to, close the door and shut the world out, leaving almost no traces. a door to a secret place.
p.s. 1 in depth analysis jajjajja.... haha
p.s. 2 best part in the interview for me is when fiction days "this is it. he really lost it", sounds so wonderful and mad, stubborn and anarchy in one.
Oh my head in hands in hysterical shame...I have only just got it...After all these years...I was always vegan diet so I never really thought about it but listening to the acoustic album yesterday - well, it went into place there..Oh dear...after all these years. Shaking like milk...superb, Bob! Now that is one hell of a good and funny line and genuinely here..after how many years? I only just got it.!