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Album: DisintegrationReleased: 1989Charted:
Cure lead singer Robert Smith wrote this as a wedding present for his fiancée, Mary, shortly before they got married.
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.
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."
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.
311 did a popular cover that was featured on the soundtrack of the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie 50 First Dates
(it plays in the closing credits). 311 got involved with the soundtrack after Sandler 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 song "Amber
" was also used in the film, and Nick Hexum helped produce five other songs on the soundtrack.
The 311 version made #59 US in 2004. In our interview with the band's lead singer Nick Hexum
, he explained that Adam Sandler suggested they cover the song for 50 First Dates
. Before forming 311, Hexum and Tim Mahoney were in a cover band, and they played a lot of Cure songs. Talking about putting the 311 treatment on the song, Hexum said, "We really turned it on its side, to have the dreamy reggae and the half-time feel. It's actually the exact same tempo - beats-per-minutes wise - but it feels very different from the original, with the reggae."
Tori Amos covered this and has sung it at her concerts.
A Perfect Circle sampled this on their song "Diary of a Madman" - or, as it's also been called, "Diary of a Lovesong."
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.