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Why Can't I Be You? Lyrics By The Cure Songs Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Year: 1987 You're so gorgeous I'll do anything I'll kiss you from your feet

The Cure - Why Can't I Be You
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?


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Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Released: 1987

Why Can't I Be You? Lyrics


You're so gorgeous I'll do anything
I'll kiss you from your feet to where your head begins
You're so perfect you're so right as rain
You make me
Make me, make me, make me hungry again

Everything you do is irresistible
Everything you do is simply kissable
Why Can't I Be You?

I'll run around in circles til I run out of breath
I'll eat you all up
Or I'll just hug you to death
You're so wonderful
Too good to be true
You make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply delicate
Everything you do is simply angelicate
Why can't I be you?

You turn my head when you turn around
You turn the whole world upside down
I'm smitten I'm bitten I'm hooked I'm cooked
I'm stuck like glue
You make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply dreamy
Everything you do is suite delicious
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?

You're simply elegant

Writer/s: SMITH, ROBERT JAMES / GALLUP, SIMON / THOMPSON, PORL / TOLHURST, LAURENCE ANDREW / WILLIAMS, BORIS
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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  • During live performances, The Cure often used this song to play around with and incorporate different songs into the performance. These other songs have included "The Lovecats," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Young At Heart," and "Out Of Touch," among others. (thanks, Richard - Alva, OK)
  • The video clip to this song cleverly included some risqué word play, turning "Can't" into "Cu-t." When the members of the band are symbolizing the words "Why Can't I Be You" as the letters Y _ I B U, by shaping their bodies into the shape of these letters, the word "Can't," which is the only word that could not be symbolized by a letter, was instead represented by a large mouth, or "Pair of lips" turned sideways (i.e. a vagina). Thus, 'Y c-nt I B U.' The original film clip is nowadays often replaced with the film clip of the remix to this song which doesn't include this part of the clip. (thanks, Anthony - Tokyo, Japan)
  • This was the lead single from the band's first and only double album. The record was their first to enter the Billboard Top 40.
  • In a 1987 interview with Les Inrockuptibles, songwriter Robert Smith said that the title "is not to be taken generally, on the contrary it comes from a particular situation; I was in the middle of a tense discussion and these people around the table were looking at me as if I was going to make some ground breaking revelations, and I thought to myself "good God, why can't I be elsewhere? Why isn't someone else in my place?" I would've traded with anyone; I would've preferred to be that guy leaning at the bar than myself."
  • Smith has also said that the song was written as a keepsake for a 1985 visit to his Peruvian sponsored child, Aurora.

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