Aikea-Guinea Cover 2019
The Cure Is Us chose – strangely enough – an amazing and little-known gem from the neo-romantic and neo-Gothic 1980s as their second cover song for their third studio album announced for release in January 2019.
Aikea-Guinea (a single by the Cocteau Twins) does not have lyrics in the usual understanding of the word, only incredibly melodic sounds/words sung by Elizabeth Fraser.
As a result, Aikea-Guinea 2019 is not a cover song in any traditional sense of the word.
“We had to write to brand-new lyrics with a different melody of the following the chord progression and spirit of the song. The actual melody of the chorus from the original is heard as a guitar, especially at the end of the song. There are two obvious references to the Cocteau Twins in the lyrics, one by name (“the Cocteau songs we played”) and one by reference (Blue bell songs we played).
The lyrics are posted below and also available as a poster.
It’s tearing me apart to know that
the shadow that you painted on the walls of prisons we could never escape from
now in the morning
and i don’t know what to say, and i don’t know how to reach to you…
Do you believe in the things we used to say?
do you remember the blue bell song we played?
it meant anything we want to perceive
but stranger voices, stranger voices do not leave
In a moment of time you escaped my sight
only to reappear a 1000 miles from here
life is not a play, God what happened to you?
where new friends took you, was it something new?
and i don’t know what to say / and i don’t know how to reach to you…
Do you believe in the things we used to pray?
do you remember the Cocteau songs we played?
it meant everything we used to believe…
but stranger voices, stranger voices do not cease…