Snakepit
The Cure Lyrics


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Well we're a mile under the ground
And I'm thinking that it's Christmas
And I'm kissing you hard
Like I've got very important business
And no-one knows
And no-one sees us
Because they're drinking themselves senseless
And I'm writhing
And I'm writhing
And I'm writhing in the snakepit
Well I'm out in a car
And it's just full of stupid girls

And I've forgotten how to speak
And I just can't remember a word
And my eyes feel like they're bursting
And they're splitting like plums

And I'm writhing




And I'm writhing
And I'm writhing in the snakepit

Overall Meaning

The Snakepit by The Cure is a song about a couple that is hidden from the world. They are a mile underground and the male protagonist is thinking that it’s Christmas as he kisses his partner with a sense of urgency because he has “very important business.” Without anyone knowing or being able to see them, the couple passionately embraces; however, the people around them are busy getting drunk at Christmas parties.


In the second verse, the male protagonist is out with a group of girls in a car, but he has forgotten how to speak and cannot remember their names. He feels like his eyes are bursting and splitting and he is writhing in pain. The “snakepit” is likely referring to the overwhelming anxiety and stress the singer is experiencing, and he is struggling to keep a grip on his surroundings.


Overall, the song seems to be about the overwhelming feeling of being hidden or trapped from the world. It’s about the desire to connect with someone but also feeling confined by the culture surrounding him. The singer feels overwhelmed and is filled with a sense of urgency to connect with others, but his anxiety takes over.


Line by Line Meaning

Well we're a mile under the ground
We are in a dark and unexplored area, far from the reach of others.


And I'm thinking that it's Christmas
Despite the strange and eerie setting, I am hopeful and filled with joy.


And I'm kissing you hard
I am affectionate and passionate with someone I care about deeply.


Like I've got very important business
My actions are driven by a sense of urgency and importance.


And no-one knows
Our actions and whereabouts are hidden from others.


And no-one sees us
We are invisible and unnoticed by the outside world.


Because they're drinking themselves senseless
Those around us are too intoxicated to recognize or acknowledge our presence.


And I'm writhing
I am in distress and agony, experiencing intense physical and emotional pain.


Well I'm out in a car
I am outside, in a vehicle, and exploring the world around me.


And it's just full of stupid girls
I am surrounded by people who lack intelligence and discernment.


And I've forgotten how to speak
I am unable to communicate effectively or express myself in words.


And I just can't remember a word
My memory has failed me and I am struggling to recall important information.


And my eyes feel like they're bursting
I am experiencing extreme discomfort and pain around my eyes.


And they're splitting like plums
My eyes are tearing up and my vision is blurry, causing my eyes to resemble split and juicy plums.


And I'm writhing
I am still in distress, experiencing intense pain and discomfort despite my surroundings.




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

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