Art of the Song – Robert Smith

PRS for Music approached some of its most high profile songwriters and composers and asked them to put pen to paper to transcribe their compositions or lyrics to some of our best loved music. All pieces are to be auctioned off with Bonhams in London on 15 December contributing much needed funds to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

We’re profiling each composition in the month leading up the auction.  Today it’s the turn of  The Cure’s lead singer and principal songwriter Robert Smith.

Song 20 of 24: Plainsong

Robert-Smith

Robert-Smith

Released: 1989 from the album Disintegration

The Lyrics:

Plainsong lyrics

Plainsong lyrics

What it’s all about:
Plainsong is the first song on the Disintegration album.  Smith felt the song was a perfect opener for the record, describing it as “very lush, very orchestral”.

Click here to watch it on YouTube

Next song:
Golden Brown – The Stranglers

Previous songs:
Song 1, 15 November – Message in a Bottle – Sting
Song 2, 16 November – Fallen Angel – Doug Flett/Guy Fletcher
Song 3, 17 November –  Delilah – Barry Mason
Song 4, 18 November – I’m Not in Love – Graham Gouldman
Song 5, 19 November – Locomotive Breath – Ian Anderson
Song 6, 22 November – Back for Good – Gary Barlow
Song 7, 23 November – Born Free – Don Black
Song 8, 24 November – Run Back to Your Side – Eric Clapton
Song 9, 25 November – Shakespeare in Love – Stephen Warbeck
Song 10, 26 November – Girls on Film – Duran Duran
Song 11, 29 November – Down Down – Status Quo
Song 12, 30 November – Alive and Kicking – Jim Kerr
Song 13, 1 December –   Saltwater – Julian Lennon
Song 14, 2 December – Sweet Dreams – Annie Lennox
Song 15, 3 December – Walking Away – Craig David
Song 16, 6 December – Why Don’t We Do it in The Road – Paul McCartney
Song 17, 7 December – We Will Rock You – Brian May
Song 18, 8 December – The Road To Hell – Chris Rea
Song 19, 9 December – Don’t Cry For Me Argentina– Sir Tim Rice

About Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkins and related diseases by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. The charity anticipates that the concentration of medical expertise within these units can improve chances of recovery by 15%. Units cost over £2million each to build and Teenage Cancer Trust aims to complete at least 22 units in the UK by 2012 so that every teenager and young adult with cancer in the UK has access to these facilities.
The charity also serves as an advocate for teenage cancer needs, and provides support services and education related to teen cancer.

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