Shiver and Shake
The Cure Lyrics


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You're just a waste of time
You're just a babbling face
You're just three sick holes that run like sores

You're a fucking waste
You're like a slug on the girl
Oh you're useless and ugly
And useless and ugly
And I shiver and shake

When I think of how you make me hate
I want to smash you to pieces
I want to smash you up and screaming
I want to smash you helpless
Down on the floor
Smash you until you're not here anymore





And I shiver and shake
Shiver and shake

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Cure's song Shiver and Shake express a deep hatred towards someone, who is considered to be a "waste of time", "useless and ugly". The use of explicit language portrays the intense emotions of the singer towards the person they are addressing. The line "you're just three sick holes that run like sores" is particularly harsh and graphic in its description of the person's appearance. The singer feels such a strong aversion towards this person that they shiver and shake when they think of them, and they express their desire to physically harm them, to "smash [them] to pieces".


The use of repetition in the phrase "useless and ugly" emphasizes the singer's utter contempt and disdain for the person they are addressing. The use of the word "babbling" suggests that the person is constantly talking without a purpose, which may be a factor contributing to the singer's annoyance towards them. The desire to physically hurt the person is expressed through lines such as "smash you up and screaming", which suggest a violent act. Overall, the lyrics depict intense emotions of hatred, disgust, and anger towards someone who is considered to be of no worth.


Line by Line Meaning

You're just a waste of time
You are entirely useless and not worth anyone's time.


You're just a babbling face
You talk nonsensically and say nothing of importance.


You're just three sick holes that run like sores
You are disgusting and repulsive, like festering wounds that won't heal.


You're a fucking waste
You are a complete waste of space, time, and resources.


You're like a slug on the girl
You are slimy and unpleasant, like a gross creature crawling on a helpless victim.


Oh you're useless and ugly
You are both pointless and unattractive.


And I shiver and shake
I am filled with fear, dread, and disgust when I am around you.


When I think of how you make me hate
Your very existence infuriates me and fills me with loathing.


I want to smash you to pieces
I desire to destroy you completely and utterly.


I want to smash you up and screaming
I want to cause you physical harm while you wail and cry out in pain.


I want to smash you helpless down on the floor
I want to overpower you and crush you while you are defenseless on the ground.


Smash you until you're not here anymore
I want to annihilate you so completely that you cease to exist in any form.


And I shiver and shake
I am overcome with a mixture of fear, disgust, and anger when I contemplate your presence.




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

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