The One Song The Cure’s Robert Smith Wished He Would Have Written
Creativity is a wild beast that knows no bounds, and just when you think you’ve heard it all, bam! A million-and-first unique melody comes along and knocks you off your feet. Robert Smith, the enigmatic frontman of the Cure, is no stranger to this game. He’s penned more songs than a songwriting robot, yet there’s one tune that continuously captures him.
Robert Smith is a musical enigma, a lyrical wizard, and a voice that could melt the heart of a stone. He’s loved and adored by millions and has achieved more than most musicians could dream of. But even the most accomplished among us have a little corner of regret, a tiny nook of ‘what ifs.’ And for Robert, that nook is filled with the tune of ‘Happy Birthday to You.’
You might be thinking, ‘What? ‘Happy Birthday to You?’ That’s like the most basic song ever!’ But let’s face it, how many songs can claim to be sung by people all around the world every single second of every single day? That’s right, none! Except for ‘Happy Birthday to You.’ And that was the primary motivation for Robert Smith wishing he had written this song, as he revealed during a 2004 Q&A with Rolling Stone.
“Happy Birthday to You,” the musician quickly replied when asked about the song he wished he had written. “Just so that people all around the world every second of the day were singing my song. Either that or Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars?’” But really, being on everyone’s lips, regardless of age, a million times over, and in the happiest moments, we understand Smith very well. Also, a smart answer, that’s for sure!
The history of ‘Happy Birthday to You’ is a fascinating one. Written by sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in the late 19th century, it started as a simple ditty called ‘Good Morning to All.’ Over time it evolved, was adapted to different languages, and now it’s the most recognized song in the English language. Imagine if Robert had written that song; he would be singing ‘Happy Birthday, Robert’ every time he blows out the candles on his cake.
It’s impossible to know how many times ‘Happy Birthday to You’ has been sung throughout the years, but it’s probably more times than there are grains of sand on a beach. It’s a song that brings people together, no matter their age, race, or culture. It’s a song that unites us all in a moment of celebration and joy.