Fascination Street
The Cure Lyrics


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Oh, it's opening time
Down on Fascination Street
So let's cut the conversation
And get out for a bit
Because I feel it all fading and paling
And I'm begging
To drag you down with me
To kick the last nail in
Yeah, I like you in that
Like I like you to scream
But if you open your mouth
Then I can't be responsible
For quite what goes in
Or to care what comes out
So just pull on your hair
Just pull on your pout
And let's move to the beat
Like we know that it's over
If you slip going under
Slip over my shoulder
So just pull on your face
Just pull on your feet
And let's hit opening time
Down on Fascination Street

So pull on your hair
Pull on your pout
Cut the conversation
Just open your mouth
Pull on your face
Pull on your feet
And let's hit opening time

Down on Fascination Street
Down on Fascination Street
Down on Fascination Street




Down on Fascination Street
On Fascination Street

Overall Meaning

The song "Fascination Street" by The Cure is an interesting take on the complexities of relationships, desire and desperation. The song is sung from the perspective of a person who is feeling lost and disillusioned with life, but despite their feeling of desperation, they still want to connect with others, especially with the person they are with. The song begins with the singer suggesting they leave the current place they're in (which according to the song title is Fascination Street), to break away from reality, to feel something else, something more. There seems to be an underlying sense of fear and anxiety that pervades the song as the singer is looking to connect with someone, probably on a primal level, urging them to come with him to get lost in the moment.


The singer of the song is feeling overwhelmed and is looking for release, but at the same time, he knows that he might be leading the other person down a dark path. He likes the other person screaming for him but fears what they will say once they open their mouth. The song describes a relationship that is complicated and intense, where the singer seems to have a love-hate relationship with the other person, one of those relationships that have a fine line between madness and love.


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Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Oh, it's opening time
The singer is alerting the other person that it’s time to go out as Fascination Street is now open for business.


Down on Fascination Street
The singer is telling the person they are with to physically go to Fascination Street.


So let's cut the conversation
The singer wants to stop talking and just go out to have fun on Fascination Street.


And get out for a bit
The artist wants to go out and have some fun away from their current environment.


Because I feel it all fading and paling
The artist feels bored and uninterested with their current situation and needs to escape it for excitement.


And I'm begging
The singer is desperately asking the other person to join them in their search for excitement on Fascination Street.


To drag you down with me
The singer wants the other person to join them on their path of self-destruction and recklessness.


To kick the last nail in
The artist wants to take their destructive behavior to the next level with the other person.


Yeah, I like you in that
The artist is attracted to the way the other person acts and wants to be with them in that state of mind.


Like I like you to scream
The artist likes the other person to let go and scream their emotions, just like they want to do themselves.


But if you open your mouth
The singer wants the other person to let go, but doesn’t want them to make any commitments or agreements.


Then I can't be responsible
The artist doesn’t want to take any responsibility or blame for the other person’s actions or words.


For quite what goes in
The singer doesn’t want to hear the other person’s thoughts or emotions.


Or to care what comes out
The singer doesn’t want to care about what the other person says or does.


So just pull on your hair
The singer implores the other person to let go and have fun, without worrying about consequences.


Just pull on your pout
The artist wants the other person to let go and be reckless, without worrying about the future.


And let's move to the beat
The artist wants to dance and have fun with the other person on Fascination Street.


Like we know that it's over
The singer wants to act as if their current life is over, and escape into the excitement of Fascination Street.


If you slip going under
The singer is telling the other person that if they slip up and make a mistake on Fascination Street, the singer will be there to help them get back up.


Slip over my shoulder
The artist is saying that they will be there to support the other person if they need help on Fascination Street.


So just pull on your face
The artist wants the other person to be emotional and let go of their worries while they are on Fascination Street.


Just pull on your feet
The artist wants the other person to be impulsive and act without thinking while on Fascination Street.


And let's hit opening time
The singer wants to have fun as soon as possible on Fascination Street.


Down on Fascination Street
Again, the artist is telling the other person to physically go to Fascination Street.


Down on Fascination Street
Repeating this line emphasizes the urgency and importance of going to Fascination Street.


Down on Fascination Street
The song ends with a repeat of this line, driving home the message of the song and the singer’s desire to go to Fascination Street.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Robert James Smith, Roger O'Donnell, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, Boris Williams, Simon Johnathon Gallup

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Lyrics:
Oh, it's opening time down on Fascination Street
So let's cut the conversation and get out for a bit
Because I feel it all fading and paling and I'm begging
To drag you down with me, to kick the last nail in

Yeah, I like you in that, like I like you to scream
But if you open your mouth, then I can't be responsible
For quite what goes in or to care what comes out
So just pull on your hair, just pull on your pout

And let's move to the beat like we know that it's over
If you slip going under, slip over my shoulder
So just pull on your face, just pull on your feet
And let's hit opening time down on Fascination Street

So pull on your hair, pull on your pout

Cut the conversation, just open your mouth
Pull on your face, pull on your feet
And let's hit opening time down on Fascination Street

Down on Fascination Street
Down on Fascination Street
Down on Fascination Street
On Fascination Street

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Laurence Andrew Tolhurst / Robert James Smith / Boris Williams / Porl Thompson / Simon Johnathon Gallup / Roger O Donnell

Fascination Street lyrics © Fiction Songs Ltd.



All comments from YouTube:

eleni lela

Imagine being a teenager in the 80s and listening this on the radio for the first time... What a rush!

tracebuster.B

I don't have to imagine 😊 was a rush, especially with one of those funny cigarettes 😉

Jalisco Talents

In this time of my life and now I enjoy that song

Michael Johnson

...or on a cassette tape with basic stereo on a portable ghetto blaster....

Zora Boch

I listened it outdoor in the dark, ist was... FASCINATING

Jörgen van Perlo

been there....done that 🙂 (most music modern days is crap)

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17primemover

No band could make guitars sound so gorgeous as The Cure did.

Frank F Kling

Nailed it!

Maria Sandra Amador

True

Jeffrey Barkin

Guitars???

Their "instruments" weren't INVENTED YET!

😂

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