Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Excerpt: Tousled Bird Mad Girl

[Introduction].

Talking about Millennium Girl on last week's excerpt brought me back to this song.

It was originally written for The Crow film adaptation, with the lyrics already based on the narrative of the graphic novel. This song is probably my favorite ever from The Cure.

A good chunk of MG wouldn't exist without this song, and in this particular case, the lyrics have become very influential to me.


"Don't look don't look," the shadows breathe
Whispering me away from you.
"Don't wake at night to watch her sleep
You know that you will always lose
This trembling
Adored
Tousled bird mad girl..."

But every night I burn
Every night I call your name.
Every night I burn
Every night I fall again.

"Oh don't talk of love," the shadows purr
Murmuring me away from you.
"Don't talk of worlds that never were
The end is all that's ever true.
There's nothing you can ever say
Nothing you can ever do..."

Still every night I burn
Every night I scream your name.
Every night I burn
Every night the dream's the same.
Every night I burn
Waiting for my only friend.
Every night I burn
Waiting for the world to end.

"Just paint your face," the shadows smile
Slipping me away from you.
"Oh it doesn't matter how you hide
Find you if we're wanting to.
So slide back down and close your eyes
Sleep a while
You must be tired..."

But every night I burn
Every night I call your name.
Every night I burn
Every night I fall again.
Every night I burn
Scream the animal scream.
Every night I burn
Dream the crow black dream.
Dream the crow black dream.
- Burn by The Cure

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