The Kiss
The Cure Lyrics


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Kiss me kiss me kiss me
Your tongue is like poison
So swollen it fills up my mouth
Love me love me love me
You nail me to the floor
And push my guts all inside out

Get it out get it out get it out
Get your fucking voice
Out of my head

I never wanted this
I never wanted any of this
I wish you were dead
I wish you were dead

I never wanted any of this
I wish you were dead
Dead




Dead
Dead

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Cure's song "The Kiss" express a complicated relationship, one that is both passionate and deeply destructive. The opening lines suggest a sense of desperation, as the singer begs for more of the kiss that is like poison to them. Despite the danger, the singer seems unable to resist the physical and emotional pull of the other person. However, the chorus reveals a darker side to the relationship. The other person is not just intoxicating but controlling, nailing the singer to the floor and pushing their guts out. The singer begs for release, asking for the other person's voice to be removed from their head.


The final lines of the song reveal the full extent of the singer's pain and desire for escape: "I never wanted this / I never wanted any of this / I wish you were dead." The love and passion that once seemed so strong has become a burden, something the singer wants to escape from entirely. The repeated refrain of "Dead" in the final lines reinforces the sense of hopelessness and despair that runs throughout the song.


Overall, "The Kiss" is a powerful reflection on the duality of love, as something that can both intoxicate and destroy. The chorus is particularly effective in conveying the sense of physical and emotional constraint that the singer is experiencing. The repeated refrain of "get it out" suggests a desperate need for release, not just from the relationship itself but from the grip it has on the singer's very being.


Line by Line Meaning

Kiss me kiss me kiss me
The singer wants the other person to express their affection through kisses.


Your tongue is like poison
The other person's words and actions are inflicting mental and emotional harm.


So swollen it fills up my mouth
The harmful words and actions are overwhelming and suffocating the singer.


Love me love me love me
Despite the pain caused by the other person, the singer desires their love and acceptance.


You nail me to the floor
The other person's actions and presence are keeping the singer trapped and unable to move on.


And push my guts all inside out
The other person's impact on the singer is so strong that it affects their physical being as well.


Get it out get it out get it out
The singer wants to rid themselves of the other person's influence.


Get your fucking voice
The singer is specifically referencing the other person's words and communication.


Out of my head
The singer wants to stop obsessing over the other person and move on.


I never wanted this
The singer never desired the pain and heartache caused by the other person's actions.


I never wanted any of this
The singer is reiterating that the current situation is not what they desired or intended.


I wish you were dead
The singer desires to be rid of the other person's presence and influence completely.


I wish you were dead
The singer repeats their desire to be free from the other person's impact.


Dead
The repetitive and emphatic repetition of 'dead' underscores the singer's intense need to be rid of the other person's influence.


Dead
The final word of the song is a strong and definitive statement of the singer's desires.




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

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