Making a Cover: The Top (The Cure)

I doubt many people, even long-time Cure fans, listen to that song called “The Top” which concludes the album by the same name. It is not an easy song to listen to really, although I would like to love it and I think other people feel the same. This song has something profound about it, […]

Making a Cover: “Charlotte Sometimes” (The Cure)

“Charlotte Sometimes” is a single release by The Cure in 1981, just after Faith and before the dark and gloomy and awkwardly titled Pornography. It is very gothic-romantic sounding in every way, and utterly British (this being a compliment). Robert Smith often wrote lyrics based on books, in this case the eponymous Charlotte Sometimes by […]

Lyrics analyzed: The Cure – Lament

The song in context Lament was released as a special song for the UK magazine Flexipop in 1982. The final version was released as a B side for the successful single The Walk and eventually included in the compilation known as Japanese Whispers (1983). It is track number seven (that spiritual number!) on the record and was written by Smith […]

Poetry: Hope in God (Alfred de Musset)

I have often said that it would be worth learning French only for the reason of being able to read French poetry, of which Alfred de Musset is one of the many towering geniuses. There is also a wonderful book about him and his spiritual struggles called Le Mal du Ciel which I highly recommend. […]

Doubt

Why “Faith&Doubt?” To a large extent, this site is inspired by an entire album and song by the UK band The Cure, released in 1981. The song “Doubt” is the ‘dark side’ of the other main track which is called “Faith”. Doubt is song #6 (#2 on the B-side), and I am pasting below: (1) […]