The Cure - Boys Don't Cry - Meaning of the song
The Cure formed in the torn-and-frayed London suburb of Crawley, where their sensitive side was not always appreciated. This song didn't go over well with some of the hardened punks that came to their shows, but the band remained unwavering in their approach and made a strong connection with legions of fans.
The song grew out of Robert Smith's frustration over being expected to conform to an outdated view of masculinity.
"When I was growing up, there was peer pressure on you to conform to be a certain way. And as an English boy at the time, you're encouraged not to show your emotion to any degree. And I couldn't help but show my emotions when I was younger. I never found it awkward showing my emotions. I couldn't really continue without showing my emotions - you'd have to be a pretty boring singer to do that. So I kind of made a big thing about it. I thought, 'Well, it's part of my nature to rail against being told not to do something.'"
"The pop songs like 'Boys Don't Cry' are naive to the point of insanity [laughs]. But considering the age I was and the fact that I had done nothing apart from go to school - no real life experience, everything was taken from books - some of them are pretty good."
Boys Don't Cry - Lyrics
I would say I'm sorry If I thought that it would change your mind But I know that this time I have said too much, been too unkind I try to laugh about it Cover it all up with lies I try to laugh about it Hiding the tears in my eyes 'Cause boys don't cry Boys don't cry I would break down at your feet And beg forgiveness, plead with you But I know that it's too late And now there's nothing I can do So I try to laugh about it Cover it all up with lies I try to laugh about it Hiding the tears in my eyes 'Cause boys don't cry Boys don't cry I would tell you that I loved you If I thought that you would stay But I know that it's no use That you've already gone away Misjudged your limits Pushed you too far Took you for granted I thought that you needed me more, more, more Now I would do most anything To get you back by my side But I just keep on laughing Hiding the tears in my eyes 'Cause boys don't cry Boys don't cry Boys don't cry