Like Cockatoos
The Cure Lyrics


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She walked out of her house
And looked around
At all the gardens that looked
Back at her house
(Like all the faces
That quiz when you smile)
And he was standing
At the corner
Where the road turned dark
A part of shiny wet
Like blood the rain fell
Black down on the street

And kissed his feet she fell
Her head an inch away from heaven
And her face pressed tight
And all around the night sang out
Like cockatoos

"There are a thousand things" he said
"I'll never say those things to you again"
And turning on his heel
He left a trace of bubbles
Bleeding in his stead

And in her head
A picture of a boy who left her




Lonely in the rain
(And all around the night sang out like cockatoos)

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of The Cure's song Like Cockatoos paint a vivid picture of a woman stepping out of her house and gazing at the neighboring gardens. The scene is set with an ominous tone as the houses look back at her inquisitively. The woman then notices a man standing at the dark corner of the road. The imagery evokes a sense of danger and tension. The rain begins to fall like blood, unexpectedly and violently, reflecting the woman's situation. She falls to the ground, as if worshipping the man, but the moment is fleeting, and the man leaves her before she can fully experience it. The recurring line "Like all the faces, that quiz when you smile" suggests a sense of inner conflict and unease.


The second verse expands on the relationship between the man and woman, with the man confessing that there are things he will never say to her again. He leaves behind a trail of bubbles, which could symbolize both his fleeting presence and the vain, superficial nature of their relationship. The woman is left alone, haunted by the memory of a boy who abandoned her in the rain.


Like Cockatoos is a hauntingly beautiful song that captures the bittersweet nature of relationships and the fleeting moments of passion that can be both transformative and ultimately unfulfilling. The lyrics are ripe for interpretation, and the song itself has a dreamlike quality that perfectly complements the sense of emotional ambiguity.


Line by Line Meaning

She walked out of her house
She left her home and stepped outside.


And looked around
She surveyed her surroundings.


At all the gardens that looked
She observed the many gardens.


Back at her house
That were situated around her house.


(Like all the faces
The gardens were similar to faces in that they had unique, individual features.


That quiz when you smile)
Just as people's faces can convey different meanings when they smile.


And he was standing
A man was present.


At the corner
He was situated at the intersection of two streets.


Where the road turned dark
The location where the pavement seemed to turn black.


A part of shiny wet
A glimmering, slick area.


Like blood the rain fell
Raindrops had a crimson-like quality.


Black down on the street
The drops fell onto the dark pavement.


And kissed his feet she fell
She fell to the ground by his feet.


Her head an inch away from heaven
She was in a state of extreme ecstasy.


And her face pressed tight
Her face was pressed against a surface or object.


And all around the night sang out
The night was filled with sounds.


Like cockatoos
These sounds were comparable to the noise of Cockatoos.


"There are a thousand things" he said
He spoke and began to list many things.


"I'll never say those things to you again"
But he stated he won't repeat these words.


And turning on his heel
He pivoted around quickly.


He left a trace of bubbles
He left behind small, fizzy bubbles.


Bleeding in his stead
These bubbles were oozing in his place.


And in her head
In her mind's eye.


A picture of a boy who left her
She envisioned a young man who departed from her.


Lonely in the rain
She was alone and deserted beneath the relentless downpour.


(And all around the night sang out like cockatoos)
The surrounding environment echoed the noise of Cockatoos.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BORIS WILLIAMS, LAURENCE ANDREW TOLHURST, PORL THOMPSON, ROBERT JAMES SMITH, SIMON GALLUP

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