How I Fell In Love With The Cure's "Catch"

I found a copy of The Cure’s Galore in the cut-out bins, and I was intrigued. It’s a singles collection, and I’ve always been a fan of their hits, including “Just Like Heaven,” “In Between Days,” and “Pictures of You.”

Why not make the purchase? A bunch of great songs I like, plus a few singles I’ve missed. A no-brainer, right? As it turns out, one of those singles, that I somehow missed, is now my favorite Cure song. This sullen sonnet, originally released as a single from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, has been blowing my mind ever since.

The album starts off with the incredibly sexy, “Why Can’t I Be You?” and goes straight into the violin-laden “Catch.” It’s catchy, and I immediately began thinking, “Why don’t I know this song?” Well maybe because it wasn’t released as a single in the U.S., instead we got “Just Like Heaven.” And that is the reason I stalk the “cut-out bins.”

Robert Smith, master of mope, is really clever here crooning,

“And she used to fall down a lot/That girl was always falling again and again
And I used to sometimes try to catch her/But I never even caught her name”

Apparently the girl is falling down a lot, and Smith is trying to catch her. But, low and behold, after all that work, he never caught her name. Aw, shucks Robert.


The catch of the whole song is that while the music is melancholy, the lyrics are really funny. It is so goddamn endearing that it has been on repeat since the day I popped the CD into my purple Sony Discman.


The song’s lyrics, as written by Robert Smith, were inspired when Smith caught a broadcast of the Sylvester Stallone written film ‘Rocky 2’ in which Rocky’s wife Adrian falls into a coma during childbirth. In a desperate hope to revive his wife, Rocky writes a poem for Adrian which at one point reads “…..and you kept trying to slip so I could catch you….”-Wikipedia

I’m telling you, Smith has personality. He’s not afraid to let his hair down, AND put on makeup. The latter of which is quite obvious.

I’ve been getting reacquainted with the boys and I’ll be writing much more about The Cure in the future.

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