The Cure (1981)
The new wave tribute to the 1969 Penelope Farmer children's novel of the same name was released 40 years ago today. The hauntingly beautiful song uses lines directly from the book, which is a children's science fiction drama set in 1958. It follows a 13 year old girl named Charlotte who starts at a new boarding school. After falling asleep in the oldest bed at the school, she finds that she has woken up 40 years in the past as a girl named Claire who is living through the first World War. In the months that follow, she sometimes wakes up as herself in her own time, and sometimes wakes up as Claire in 1918
On the 40th birthday of an incredible song that was inspired by a novel about a 40 year jump back into time, press play, close your eyes, and take your own trip to 40 years in the past with the voice of Robert Smith as your guide.
All the facesAll the voices blurChange to one faceChange to one voicePrepare yourself for bedThe light seems brightAnd glares on white wallsAll the sounds ofCharlotte sometimesInto the night withCharlotte sometimesNight after night she lay alone in bedHer eyes so open to the darkThe streets all looked so strangeThey seemed so far awayBut Charlotte did not cryThe people seemed so closePlaying expressionless gamesThe people seemed so closeSo many other namesSometimes I'm dreamingWhere all the other people danceSometimes I'm dreamingCharlotte sometimesSometimes I'm dreamingExpressionless the tranceSometimes I'm dreamingSo many different namesSometimes I'm dreamingThe sounds all stay the sameSometimes I'm dreamingShe hopes to open shadowed eyesOn a different worldCome to me scared princessCharlotte sometimesOn that bleak trackSee the sun is gone againThe tears were pouring down her faceShe was crying and crying for a girlWho died so many years beforeSometimes I dreamWhere all the other people danceSometimes I dreamCharlotte sometimesSometimes I dreamThe sounds all stay the sameSometimes I'm dreamingThere are so many different namesSometimes I dreamSometimes I dreamCharlotte sometimes crying for herselfCharlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herselfBut it's always with loveWith so much love it looks likeEverything elseOf Charlotte sometimesSo far awayGlass sealed and prettyCharlotte sometimes