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Shake Dog Shake

Started by word_on_a_wing, June 11, 2019, 11:31:36

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word_on_a_wing

Ok, for fear of sounding very silly I am willing to ask something I've been wondering for a while... can anyone explain to me the meaning of Shake Dog Shake?

I find these lyrics perhaps some of the most perplexing and challenging, and my mind spins in disturbing directions trying to decipher it.

Thanks for any insights 🙏🏼
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

Ulrich

Well, what I can tell is very little and it comes from the book "Ten Imaginary Years", where the song was described as:
aggressive and brooding "about me during the Banshees tour"
(the quote is from Robert, of course).
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...

MeltingMan

Found additional quotes by Robert in The Cure - Ultimate Music Guide, p. 57

Quote from: The Ultimate Music GuideThe thing is, I never change at all after taking LSD,
no matter how many times I take it. It hasn't changed or altered
my perception of the world at all, which is what it does to some
people. In that sense, I've always had a very distorted view of
reality, my sense of values has always been the same. When I tripped
for the first time, I realized that it was just like I was anyway.
I stopped taking it in the end because I just felt sick and got a
headache.

Quote from: The Ultimate Music GuideI don't take a lot of drugs, although The Top was pretty
drug-orientated, but only 'cos it was fun.
Notre esprit ne supporte pas un degré trop
élevé de précision, et nous avons plus de joie
dans l'indéfini: de là, la puissance de l'amour et
de musique; de là, les mystagogies hallucinantes.

Comment on devient artiste, esthétique. p. 185

BiscuityBoyle

Always seen it as a great anthem for self-loathing.