A Forest (4:54)

Cover of Seventeen Seconds

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A Forest is a song by British rock band The Cure. It was released as a single on April 8, 1980, and was the only single from their second album Seventeen Seconds. It was also their first chart single in the UK, reaching #34.

The lyrics tell a vague story about a man looking for a girl in a forest. He hears her calling for him, and as he chases her, he suddenly stops and realizes that he is lost and that the girl is not there. The song is fairly upbeat compared to the other material on the album, and Lol Tolhurst’s machine-like steady beat together with Simon Gallup’s minimalistic bassline gives this nervous chase more depth and keeps the song on the edge of a frantic groove until the end.

Though not their biggest hit, it is regarded by many fans and critics as one of the best examples of The Cure’s sound. The song is also notable for securing the band its first slot on BBC’s “Top of the Pops”.

The track has been re-recorded a number of times by The Cure. In 1990 the track was re-recorded and remixed as the “Tree mix” on the band’s “Mixed Up” album. It was redone for the second time on the Join the Dots box set this time remixed by Mark Plati and featuring Earl Slick on guitar. Robert Smith supplied vocals for a Blank & Jones cover version in 2003. The song has also been covered by Nouvelle Vague on their first album Nouvelle Vague and by Carpathian Forest on their debut album Black Shining Leather. The song “Dead Disco” by the Canadian rock group Metric borrows heavily from the song. Many have said this is in reference to the group and the genre.


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  • MartianReaper

    And again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. [11] back when The Cure were unparalleled

    7 Nov 10:03pm Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    I hear her voice , calling my name, THE SOUND IS DEEP IN THE DARK

    26 Oct 8:25am Reply
  • vashta1

    My favorite cure song!

    8 Sep 2:51am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    Exceptional song, fascinating and haunting...such an epic song!! Among my top favourite songs by The Cure!!!

    18 Aug 5:44am Reply
  • viictorngz

    and again and again and again and again

    10 Aug 8:30pm Reply

    Steven Wilson also did a cover of this, which sucks. soulless.

    24 Jul 5:49am Reply

    Kills me a little every time i listen to it.

    24 Jul 5:49am Reply
  • marjo47

    One of their best songs.

    16 Jun 5:17pm Reply
  • wolfmondschein

    Best Cure Song bar none

    25 May 7:53pm Reply
  • St_Hell-ga

    я уже и забыла, какая она глубокая

    19 May 4:30pm Reply
  • Doods420

    i'm lost in a forest all alone...

    12 May 12:51pm Reply
  • curio_j


    24 Apr 2:28pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    I'm running towards nothing. Again and again and again and again...

    16 Apr 9:41pm Reply
  • Ksimi

    The very definition of the less is more

    10 Apr 6:16pm Reply
  • DrewciferCDXX

    When I saw them in '92, they closed with a fifteen minute version of this song.

    8 Apr 9:10pm Reply
  • Ateiluj1

    And again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. [10

    3 Mar 3:37pm Reply
  • Beanoboo

    Like the version on Collector's Kaleidoscope best.

    23 Feb 10:18pm Reply
  • kordian0001

    Absolutely, best Cure song !!!!!!!!!!

    17 Feb 12:46pm Reply
  • chezrachelle

    Fuck Robert Palmer, Fuck Rock and Roll! [2]

    6 Feb 7:08pm Reply
  • JulietBlackmort

    And again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. [10]

    2 Feb 2:05pm Reply
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