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Cure lead singer Robert Smith originally wrote this as a wedding present for his fiancée, Mary, shortly before their marriage.
The lyrics were inspired by the constant touring Smith had to go through with The Cure. He wanted his wife to know that no matter how much he had to travel and perform, he would always love her. (thanks, sid - bryson city, NC)
This contains a hidden lyric from another song. Robert Smith half-sings/speaks "Fly me to the moon" after the second chorus, before the middle guitar solo. The Cure often performed their song "Why Can't I Be You?
" and Smith sang lyrics from other songs during extended breaks, including the classic "Fly Me To The Moon." (thanks, Richard - Alva, OK)
In the US, this was by far the biggest hit for The Cure. In the UK, "Friday I'm In Love" did better, hitting #6.
Tori Amos covered this and has sung it at her concerts. (thanks, Marissa-Elena - Montebello, CA)
A Perfect Circle sampled this on their song "Diary of a Madman" - or, as it's also been called, "Diary of a Lovesong." (thanks, Aimee - Auckland, New Zealand)
311 did a cover that was featured in the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie 50 First Dates. 311 got involved in the soundtrack because Adam attended one of their shows and hung out with the band. He wanted the soundtrack for the movie to include many songs from the '80s that he grew up with, redone in a tropical style since the movie takes place in Hawaii. 311's Nick Hexum also helped produce five other songs on the soundtrack. (thanks, Jules - w bloomfield, MI)
Adele recorded this on her 2011 album 21. She explained to The Sun why she covered it: "My first gig was the Cure in Finsbury Park, which my mum took me to as she's their biggest fan."
Adele was suffering from some vocal difficulties when she recorded the song. "My voice had gone, which I was a bit kind of paranoid about, but it actually suits the song really, really well," she said.
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