A Short Term Effect

by The Cure

Duration:
4:22
Released:
May 04, 1982
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Lyrics for A Short Term Effect by The Cure:

Verse 1
Movement, no movement, just a falling bird
Cold as it hits the bleeding ground
He lived and died, catch sight, cover me with earth
Draped in black, static white sound

Chorus
A day without substance, a change of thought
An atmosphere that rots with time
Colors that flicker in water, a short term effect

Verse 2
Scream as she tries to push him over
Helpless and sick
With teeth of madness, jump, jump, dance and sing
Sideways across the desert, a charcoal face bites my hand
Time is sweet, derange and disengage everything

Chorus
A day without substance, a change of thought
The atmosphere rots with time
Colors that flicker in water, a short term effect
A short term effect
A short term effect

Outro
An echo and a stranger's hand, a short term effect
An echo and a stranger's hand, a short term effect

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Song Facts

The second track on the Cure’s gothic milestone, Pornography, is centrally about the “short term effect” of drug-taking, something the band had been doing a lot of during the production of the album (and its predecessor, Faith), although, on another level, it deals with the same themes of the shortness and futility of life that are touched on on a number of Pornography’s other tracks.

Sound-wise, it continues in the same vein as “One Hundred Years”, sustaining the already-intense atmosphere with a quick, driving drum pattern and screaming, backwards guitar noises. The major triad that opens the track also strikes an unsettling dissonance with the dark, whirring backing.

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