Why Can't I Be You?
The Cure Lyrics


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You're so gorgeous, I'll do anything
I'll kiss you from your feet to where your head begins
You're so perfect, you're so right as rain
You make me
Make me, make me, make me hungry again

Everything you do is irresistible
Everything you do is simply kissable
Why can't I be you? (Why can't I be you?)

I'll run around in circles 'til I run out of breath
I'll eat you all up
Or I'll just hug you to death
You're so wonderful
Too good to be true
You make me, make me, make me, make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply delicate
Everything you do is quite angelicate
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?

You turn my head when you turn around
You turn the whole world upside down
I'm smitten, I'm bitten, I'm hooked, I'm cooked
I'm stuck like glue
You make me, make me, make me, make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply dreamy
Everything you do is quite delicious
So why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?

Why
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?




Why can't I be you?
You're simply elegant

Overall Meaning

In "Why Can't I Be You?" The Cure create a song about being infatuated with someone who seems to be perfect, irresistible, and simply dreamy. The lead singer portrays the singer's emotions, stating that he would do anything for the person he is singing about- kiss from feet to head, run around in circles, eat them up or hug them to death- and emphasizes that everything the object of his affection does is simply irresistible.


The singer has clearly developed an obsession with the individual he is singing about which only seems to be a projection of his own insecurities and lack of self-confidence. He has put this person on a pedestal that he doesn't feel he could ever reach, which is exemplified by how he repeats the lyrics: "Why can't I be you?" in a refrain. He's smitten, but also frustrated by his inability to feel and live like this person. It is a question of identity, of self-worth, and of yearning.


Overall, "Why Can't I Be You?" is a song about lust, longing, and the yearning for a perfect life that might only exist in our fantasies.


Line by Line Meaning

You're so gorgeous I'll do anything
I am completely infatuated with you and will do anything just to be near you.


I'll kiss you from your feet to where your head begins
I want to kiss you all over, from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head.


You're so perfect you're so right as rain
You are flawless and I cannot find a single flaw in you.


You make me
You have the power to affect me strongly.


Make me, make me, make me, make me hungry again
You ignite a hunger in me that can only be satisfied by being with you.


Everything you do is irresistible
Every action you take is so mesmerizing that it is impossible for me to resist.


Everything you do is simply kissable
Everything about you is so lovely that I just want to kiss you.


Why can't I be you?
I am incredibly envious of you and wish to be like you.


I'll run around in circles 'til I run out of breath
I will do anything and everything, even exhaust myself, just to be with you.


I'll eat you all up
I desire you so intensely that I want to consume you entirely.


Or I'll just hug you to death
Alternatively, I would happily hug you to the point of suffocation because being with you brings me such joy.


You're so wonderful
You are simply amazing and bring light to my life.


Too good to be true
You are so incredible that it's almost hard to believe you're real.


Everything you do is simply delicate
Every move you make is so graceful and exquisite.


Everything you do is quite angelicate
Your actions and demeanor are similar to that of an angel.


You turn my head when you turn around
Simply seeing you turn around has the power to completely capture my attention.


You turn the whole world upside down
Being with you changes my entire perspective and makes everything feel upside down in the best way possible.


I'm smitten I'm bitten I'm hooked I'm cooked
I am so infatuated with you, it's as if I've been bitten by a love bug and am completely consumed by you.


I'm stuck like glue
My desire for you is so strong that I am completely stuck on you.


Everything you do is simply dreamy
Your every move is so dreamlike and surreal.


Everything you do is quite delicious
Every part of you is so tempting and desirable.


So why can't I be you?
I am so jealous of you and want to be just like you.


Why can't I be you?
I am so in awe of you and want to be as amazing as you are.


Why can't I be you?
I am so enamored with you and want to embody everything that makes you so incredible.


Why can't I be you?
I am so inspired by you and want to be able to do everything that you can do.




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

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