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"In Between Days" (sometimes listed as "Inbetween Days" or "In-Between Days") is a song by the English rock band The Cure, released in July 1985 as the first single from the band's sixth album The Head on the Door.

"In Between Days"
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Single by The Cure
from the album The Head on the Door
B-side"The Exploding Boy", "A Few Hours After This"
Released15 July 1985 (1985-07-15)
Format7-inch single
StudioAngel Recording Studios, London
Songwriter(s)Robert Smith
The Cure singles chronology
"The Caterpillar"
"In Between Days"
"Close to Me"

The song was an international success, being their first hit song to come off an album rather than a stand-alone single. In the UK, it was the band's ninth chart single and their fourth consecutive Top 20 hit;[3] while in the US it was their first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 99.[4] It was a Top 20 hit in Australia and New Zealand[5] and also charted in several European countries,[6][7][8] increasing the popularity of the band.



The song is poppy and upbeat, featuring strummed acoustic guitars under a snappy synthesizer riff, although the song's lyrical themes of aging, loss and fear do not particularly reflect the upbeat tempo of the music.[citation needed] It features a distinctive drum intro by Boris Williams and a bass line reminiscent of "Dreams Never End" by New Order.[citation needed] The extended version, only released on the 12" single in North America, features a longer introduction to the song.


The spacing and punctuation in the title of this song are widely disputed, as it varies between "In Between Days", "Inbetween Days", and "In-Between Days" on many official Cure releases. The single used "In Between Days", whereas the album The Head on the Door uses "In Between Days" on the back of the album cover and the record label, and "Inbetween Days" on the inner sleeve. However, the CD release of the album also uses "In Between Days" on the actual disc.

The 1986 singles compilation Standing on a Beach uses both "In Between Days" and "In-Between Days", whereas the 1990 remix album Mixed Up, the 1993 live album Show, the 2001 Greatest Hits collection and the 2004 B-sides compilation Join the Dots each use "Inbetween Days". The 2006 re-release of The Head on the Door uses "Inbetween Days" on the back of the box and the track listing in the booklet, but it uses "In Between Days" as the title in the lyrical portion of the book.

A similar inconsistency is present with The Cure's "Lovesong", as it is listed as a single compound word in some instances and two separate words ("Love Song") in others.

Music VideoEdit

The video was filmed on the 18th of June 1985 at Fulham Studios. The video simply depicts the band playing. However, many 360 degrees shots are used in the video in addition to drawn in, colorful, socks which appear throughout the video. Robert Smith had a camera, held by cables, which he could push away and hold at will and Porl Thompson had one as well, fixed on his guitar. [9]

Track listingEdit

UK 7" single

  1. "In Between Days"
  2. "The Exploding Boy"

UK 12" single

  1. "In Between Days"
  2. "The Exploding Boy"
  3. "A Few Hours After This"

U.S. 7" single

  1. "In Between Days"
  2. "Stop Dead"

U.S./Canadian 12" single

  1. "In Between Days"
  2. "In Between Days" (Extended version)
  3. "Stop Dead"


  1. "In Between Days" (2:55)
  2. "The Exploding Boy" (2:52)
  3. "A Few Hours After This" (2:25)
  4. "Six Different Ways (Live)" (3:24)
  5. "Push (Live)" (4:33)
  6. "In Between Days" (2:55) (video)


Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 16
UK Singles Chart 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 99
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 39

Cover versionsEdit

Studio versionsEdit

Year Artist Album
1990 John Eddie Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary
2000 Luka Bloom Keeper of the Flame
2003 Ben Folds Speed Graphic
2003 Sunfactor One Thousand Screaming Children
2005 Korn Unplugged
2005 La Portuaria Rio
2006 Sunshiners Sunshiners
2008 Mumm-Ra Out of the Question EP
2008 Blackblack Perfect as Cats
2008 Fightstar Alternate Endings
2009 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Covers
2011 Kim Wilde Snapshots
2015 Tigers Jaw Devinyl Splits No. 3: Tigers Jaw x Kevin Devine

Other versionsEdit


  1. ^ Bruce Pollock (26 August 2005). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. p. 182. ISBN 9780415970730.
  2. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "The Cure: In Between Days". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Cure | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. " - The Cure - In Between Days". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. " - The Cure - In Between Days". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  7. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  8. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2014-03-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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