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Title: Cut Here
Post by: dsanchez on May 25, 2008, 05:25:39
How many times in our lives we had the chance to meet a long time friend and we just skipt the meeting with the classic "I don't have time, maybe next week"?

What would happen if this person would travel very far (and we wouldn't see her/him for many years), or worst, would die? Probably we would regret all the life that we didn't make a little time for this person, when we could.

For those who didn't know, "Cut here" is about this. This is probably one of the best Cure songs ever, but for any strange reason is not mentioned too often by the fans.

In this song Robert regrets about not having time to meet his friend Billy Mackenzie, who commited suicide in 1997:

I should've stopped to think - I should've made the time
I could've had that drink - I could've talked a while
I would've done it right - I would've moved us on
But I didn't - now it's all too late
It's over... over
And you're gone..


I personally like the line: Until later... doesn't always come
Is the central message of the song and is a very touching sentence... and also a good advice for not making the same mistake because we could regret very much later.

Below the lyrics of this awesome song:

Quote"So we meet again!" and I offer my hand
All dry and English slow
And you look at me and I understand
Yeah it's a look I used to know
"Three long years... and your favourite man...
Is that any way to say hello?"
And you hold me... like you'll never let me go

"Oh c'mon and have a drink with me
Sit down and talk a while..."
"Oh I wish I could... and I will!
But now I just don't have the time..."
And over my shoulder as I walk away
I see you give that look goodbye...
I still see that look in your eye...

So dizzy Mr. Busy - Too much rush to talk to Billy
All the silly frilly things have to first get done
In a minute - sometime soon - maybe next time - make it June
Until later... doesn't always come

It's so hard to think "It ends sometime
And this could be the last
I should really hear you sing again
And I should really watch you dance"
Because it's hard to think
"I'll never get another chance
To hold you... to hold you... "

But chilly Mr. Dilly - Too much rush to talk to Billy
All the tizzy fizzy **** things must get done
In a second - just hang on - all in good time - wont be long
Until later...

I should've stopped to think - I should've made the time
I could've had that drink - I could've talked a while
I would've done it right - I would've moved us on
But I didn't - now it's all too late
It's over... over
And you're gone..

I miss you I miss you I miss you
I miss you I miss you I miss you so much

But how many times can I walk away and wish "If only..."
But how many times can I talk this way and wish "If only..."
Keep on making the same mistake
Keep on aching the same heartbreak
I wish "If only..."

But "If only...."
Is a wish too late...


Cut Here in YouTube
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YnYD-_8uUpA
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Plainsong on May 25, 2008, 05:46:14
This is one of my favorites too. Robert's voice on the "I miss you I miss you I miss you so much" part is heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: carycameron on May 25, 2008, 06:02:45
My favorite line from the song  "Its so hard to think it ends sometime and this could be the last"  I think its a great song too.  I also like the slower-paced remix
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: rodney on May 25, 2008, 06:57:33
A very good song, and a nice mix for the Cure.  Both pop and very, very sad.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: sues777 on May 25, 2008, 13:47:38
I love this song but it's very bittersweet for me - I had a similar experience about 8 years ago...

I'd just started with a new company and was befriended by a lovely woman.  We worked in different teams but were both smokers so we used to meet up for a cigarette and a chat every now and then.  She rang me late one afternoon and asked if I wanted to meet her for a cigarette but I was in the middle of something and just wanted to finish whatever I was doing and go home, so I said I couldn't and I'd catch up with her the next day.  The next morning though, we got the news that she'd died of an asthma attack overnight ...It would only have taken 5 minutes to have that cigarette with her...I still feel guilty about not sparing  that 5 minutes....

"All the tizzy fizzy idiot things must get done"

Listening to Cut Here gets to me every time, but it's a beautiful song and it means a lot to me...
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Lady on May 25, 2008, 16:46:47
I've always thought "cut here" was a very sweet song and honestly I don't understand why it's not so much mentioned by the fans... :?
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Poe on May 25, 2008, 17:20:53
It was Billy Mackenzie who was in the Mint Car video, right, with the wig? I believe his dog was in the video too. Also, Cut Here is an anagram of The Cure since Robert thought it was going to be the last song they recorded. Just trying to show off a little here, pardon me.... :smth069

I liked this song better when I knew what it was about, and could make sense of the lines: "So dizzy Mr. Busy - Too much rush to talk to Billy - all the silly frilly things have to first get done"...poor Billy and Rob.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Sussex on May 26, 2008, 02:13:52


Yeah. Long ago, when I 1st knew The Cure, it is one of the song that made me realize
how special The Cure is..which such lyrics. Yes, I did experience "..until later... doesn't always come.."

But this part really touch my feeling since I can remind myself about someone..:cry:

"I should really hear you sing again
And I should really watch you dance"

Quote from: dsanchez on May 25, 2008, 05:25:39
This is probably one of the best Cure songs ever, but for any strange reason is not mentioned too often for the fans.




:smth023

Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: fear_of_ghosts on June 17, 2008, 08:07:40
Count me as another big fan of this song. I think it is severely underrated in the same way I feel that "Signal To Noise" is. They have been playing STN live a lot, so maybe it's getting more respect. Perhaps this would work with CH. I would really love to hear it live myself.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: coxoxi on June 17, 2008, 09:37:07
Quote from: rodney on May 25, 2008, 06:57:33
A very good song, and a nice mix for the Cure.  Both pop and very, very sad.

It's beautiful! But I can't listen often this mix of pop and very sad... These kind of songs make me depressive...
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Freakshow on June 17, 2008, 12:16:56
It is one of the songs that are really beautiful and sad at the same time.
It always reminds me of my singing teacher at university which I liked very much - after I finished my examinations I had lots of things in my mind - so I said to me every week next week I will visit/ or call her. When I finally did it I had to realise that she died two weeks ago.   
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: mint car on June 17, 2008, 14:10:52
Quote from: Plainsong on May 25, 2008, 05:46:14
This is one of my favorites too. Robert's voice on the "I miss you I miss you I miss you so much" part is heartbreaking.

yeah, I love this part of this song too. Cut Here is fantastic and sad herewith. It is one of my favourite songs from the cure ever  :)
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: tigermilk on June 18, 2008, 16:21:46
I adore this song. It is so touching and yes, many of us can relate to this song.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: silversand on June 18, 2008, 23:54:34
I love this song :)
The lyrics are wonderful. And it really touches me :)

Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Cure Freak on June 19, 2008, 01:07:43
it is such a beautiful sad song.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: dsanchez on July 09, 2008, 01:14:55
Quote from: Freakshow on June 17, 2008, 12:16:56
I had lots of things in my mind - so I said to me every week next week I will visit/ or call her. When I finally did it I had to realise that she died two weeks ago.   


Ohhh :(
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: MeltingMan on May 03, 2015, 16:53:51
Quote from: dsanchez on May 25, 2008, 05:25:39
How many times in our lifes we had the chance to meet a long time friend and we just skipt the meeting with the classic "I don't have time, maybe next week"?

Interesting subject.How many times you lost him/her or a friend owing to indifference and
lack of interest and isn't it even worse? I had a few opportunities to met former friends,but
everything was different.Of course it is terrible to lose a friend due suicide,but regret..?
The decision was up to him.I was surprised to read the story behind Cut Here,nearly a cheerful song.
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Ulrich on May 04, 2015, 11:57:51
Quote from: MeltingMan on May 03, 2015, 16:53:51
I had a few opportunities to met former friends, but everything was different.Of course it is terrible to lose a friend due suicide,but regret..?


Well, the song talks about regret "...but 'if only' is a wish too late".  :(

I met some old friends over the past few years and am happy to report that it went well. Somehow everything had changed, but nothing had changed.   ;)

There were times with loads of work, when I might've said "I have no time" more often than I wished, recently I've not so much work (and not so much money as a result), but at least I can take some time to meet somebody or play with my nieces...  :)
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Sodoura on May 07, 2015, 13:51:00
This song reminds me of my grandparents. My grandpa who died 4 years ago on March and my grandma who died 3 months ago. It was a great loss. And I regret not saying the things I could've said when I could communicate with them, despite the distance between eachother... But I feel like I'll just keep on doing it with everyone, even though I don't want to because it's really no good. Because I'll end up regretting it everytime and I'll be filled with sorrow, thus I'll end up being a really depressed person. :(  :smth022 :smth010 :smth089
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Ulrich on May 08, 2015, 11:01:09
Quote from: Sodoura on May 07, 2015, 13:51:00
... But I feel like I'll just keep on doing it with everyone, even though I don't want to because it's really no good. Because I'll end up regretting it everytime and I'll be filled with sorrow, thus I'll end up being a really depressed person. :(


You're the one person who can change yourself, if you want. :)
Just do what you feel you can do. Little steps can lead to a change in the end!

Regret and sadness belongs to life, but it is too short to only have regrets all the time...
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Sodoura on May 09, 2015, 17:04:14
Yeah, I know. Tried way too many times to be someone else, and I can't change.
I can't help not being who I am. That's the problem.
  :smth100
Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: Ulrich on May 11, 2015, 11:44:26
Quote from: Sodoura on May 09, 2015, 17:04:14
Tried way too many times to be someone else, and I can't change.
I can't help not being who I am.
  :smth100


You are who you are. No need to be "someone else". If you want to change, it's YOU who can do it!

Somewhat off-topic, but here's an interesting article:
http://www.16personalities.com/articles/is-it-possible-to-change-your-personality-type (http://www.16personalities.com/articles/is-it-possible-to-change-your-personality-type)
Quote
To conclude, your basic personality type cannot change - however, you can (and should!) change the aspects of your personality that you are unhappy with. By doing this you will strengthen your shadow traits and become a more well-rounded individual, even though your dominant traits will still remain the same. Such a change could be triggered by either the environment you are in or your own will - to each his own.

Title: Re: Cut Here
Post by: dsanchez on January 24, 2019, 22:30:49
Found this here (http://affectionate.bunch.pagesperso-orange.fr/cuthere.html):

Excerpt of an interview of Robert Smith posted by a Canadian journalist named Paul Cantin:

QuoteI kept passing on the opportunity to sit down and have a drink with him, have a chat, Smith said. I was very regretful. I had never used the words. I wrote them down to get it out of my system. I thought it might be a good opportunity to actually sing something with a bit more emotional weight. The singles are a bit glib, because I think they have a better chance of getting airplay. It is nice to sing a song that meant something, and to think it is going to be a single is a good thing. Strangely enough, it turned out to be the record company's favourite one (of the new songs).


Here's an Interview from the dutch newspapper "Het Algemeen Dagblad" (Nov. 29th, 2001). Robert also talks about writing and releasing Cut Here:

QuoteIt's about Billy MacKenzie, once the singer of The Associates. Two months before The Cure his band was contracted by our recordcompany Fiction. I knew him since 1978. We appeared on stage together and I took part at his records. He was a very good friend. In 1996 he figured in our Mint car video and we made an appointment to see eachother soon. The next thing I heared of was he killed himself. I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions: anger, feeling of guilt and sadness. I wrote this song at that time, but I did found it too personal to put it on a regular CD. I could have changed the text into less strong words, like I did before with suchlike songs, but I still couldn't find it in my heart to do it. Now, when there's some more distance to that sad happening , it may see the light