This is my attempt at transcribing the lyrics of It Can Never Be The Same. This is from the excellent video posted by forest , which I believe is from the Houston show on May 14th 2016. If I am wrong please correct me! There are a couple of lines that I just can't get - feel free to help me out here! Although I suspect that Mr Smith may not be entirely sure of these himself .....
Don’t worry, I smiled I’ll miss you but it’s not like you’re gone Don’t worry, I smiled It’s not like there won’t be another one And we laughed about last year The songs we sang, the games we played The way we danced all night Don’t worry, I smiled We’ll do all those things again, next time
And I kiss you So soft, so pale and so cold And the words are left unsaid But we know, we always know
I can sing, I can dance, I can laugh As if nothing ever changed But always, without you It can never be the same It can never be the same
It can never be the same
Don’t worry, I smiled I’ll miss you, but it’s not like you’re gone Don’t worry, I smiled It’s not like there won’t be another one
There won’t be another one However long I wait There won’t be another one It will always be too late There won’t be another one We won't do it all the same There won’t be another one Without you It can never be the same It can never be the same It can never be the same
Talk, dance, laugh As if nothing ever changed And without you It can never be the same
since hearing it in berlin and now antwerp, this sing kills me everytime i hear it. makes me cry just to think of it, thanks for putting the words down x
wanted to say something on this for quite a while, maybe it needs a day like today to find the time and words for it.
as most of us, i think this song is about loss, about trying to cope with the pain and sadness connected to it, yet mixed with good and true memories, feeling the warmth of certain moments, making one smile while in the same second feeling the tears rushing in. like a wave crushing in from behind, unexpected, unprepared, taking you completely with no chance to stand against it.
this feeling can be connected to a special person, close by or far away, but also to moments that can never come back. however hard we try, certain things we had the joy to have, they will never come back. even if repeated, same person, same place, it can never be the same. it can be good and wonderful but it will be different.
so this brings me to the other topic often talked about on here, especially now the european part of the tour coming to it's end. like many of you i initially had hoped for a somehow different set here in europe, a bit darker, less hit singles, dancey or pop songs, instead all those songs one loves so much, that are heard so rarely played live. yet, on the other hand, why should it?
robert smith, the band, whoever, has decided to not go back to these times in depth. maybe a song, a b-side, here and there but not determing the evening or atmosphere as such. as much as i'd love to hear these songs, once again 'just one more time' i understand this decision. maybe it is age, maybe it is circumstances, maybe it is a feeling of not being authentic anymore when playing these songs written and connected to a time of emotional turmoil or despair. of course i notice that one of my favourite songs 'disintegration' does not sound as when i heard it in 89/90. needless to say i do prefer the old versions, which sounded more emotional, deeper, hurt and desperate. but we can't go back to that time, it can never be the same.
so in the end i prefer to have these concerts we have, seeing how the band and especially rs is enjoying himself, all in the moment, enthusiastic, just being himself rather than having a soulless entertainer, doing his expected program week after week. delivering what is asked for but not having the connection to it anymore, or not in the way it once used to be. one of my greatest fears was that one day rs will end as a parody of himself, like a puppet. i cannot see this happening.
songs like the one in this thread show how much he is capable of finding the right words and music when being truly moved by something. we all can feel this, and it is wonderful to see this happening.
Just looking through old posts... I thought it was confirmed that this song was about his mum? Roger had posted something on his facebook in 2015 when she passed away. So I can only imagine that something this personal would be for someone he loves dearly.
If I could personally thank him for his song, I would. My best friend past away a year ago November and this song just helps. (along with Chain of Flowers and Adonias and Cut Here)