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Album: Seventeen SecondsReleased: 1980
The Cure frontman Robert Smith wrote this for his wife Mary, who he commonly refers to as "M."
This might explain Smith's rather evasive answer to the inspiration for the song: "about a girl..." (Curenews, 1989).
The lyrics are even more cryptic, though perhaps most revealing is the opening line "hello image," which, given what we know about the inspiration of the song, seems to equate Mary with the reflection of Smith himself.
Seventeen Seconds is the second Cure album. The band was keeping the songs simple as they were refining their sound. "Their ultimate strength is their minimalism," drummer Lol Tolhurst wrote in his memoir.