Into the sea, you and me
All these years and no one heard
I'll show you in spring, it's a treacherous thing
"We missed you", hissed the lovecats
The “treacherous” side to love is exposed in the bridge of the song, where Smith references a key point in White’s novel when Rhoda’s husband drowns a sack of stray cats. In his work, White goes on to elaborate that Mr Courtney’s disregard for the cats highlights his disregard for the weaker members of society.
The Cure’s song adds a more menacing dimension, suggesting the cats are waiting for their victims to fall prey to the sea where they’re dumped. Throughout “The Lovecats”, Smith and company reassert that in fact cats are a predatory creature who can survive just about anything.