Amanda Palmer - Suck It Up, Buttercup Lyrics



Walking through the woods I saw a sign nailed to a tree
I knew the sign was meant for girls like me who couldn't read

A man with a girl by the throat
A bottle of dettol
A bottle of rum
And a painting of smoke
Coming off of a settler's roof
It looked just like a house I knew

Walking down the street I saw a sign nailed to a tree
I knew the sign was made for girls like me who couldn't read
The rain came down I shut my eyes
I opened them again
I tried real hard to make some sense of what the pictures meant

A man hanging down from a tree
A man that look something like me
A bottle of dettol
A bottle of pills
And a painting of smoke
Coming out of a house on fire
It looked just like my neighbors house

C is for civilized now we will make you
And B is for baptism now we will name you
And P its for petticoat pretty and fitting
Now here is the paper that said you were willing

Old prescriptions left in bottles
You don't give that to a child
Human chains that stretch for miles
You don't give that to a child
Time is up
Suck it up
Buttercup

Walking to the bar I saw a sign nailed to a tree
I knew the sign was meant for girls like me who couldn't read
I tried my best to understand but still I feel I've failed
I even tried to kill myself I even did my nails

A woman tied up in the back of a truck
A man in a uniform
A man with his pants down

And a man with a gun

A bottle of dettol
And painting of smoke
Coming off of the tasman strait
It looked just the maps from school

D is for devil and also for daughter
And T is for truth
And S is for slaughter
And R is for Rapist
And F is for Father
Its time for the test
Here's your pencil and paper

And B is for Brother who hid in the bedroom
And F is for friend who stood by and did nothing
And Q is for quarrelsome crass little girl
And E's for the end of the W world

Old prescriptions left in bottles
You don't give that to a child
Human chains that stretch for miles
You don't give that to a child
Time is up
Suck it up
Buttercup

Walking through the woods I saw a sign nailed to a tree
I saw the picture of the girl
I knew the girl was me
I'm sorry that you had to waste your paint on everyone
I'm sorry that I'm still alive
I'm sorry I'm so dumb

A is for I'm

Then I saw the sign catch on fire
The tree catch on fire
The woods catch on fire
The world catch on fire

And then I saw my mother
Walking out of the embers

She said
No more trees means no more hangings
No more words and no more learning
No more fighting no more fire
Go to sleep now mama's tired

No more trees and no more hangings
No more words and no more learning
No more fighting no more fire
Go to sleep now mama's tired
Go to sleep now mama's tired
Go to sleep now mama's tired




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Amanda Palmer Suck It Up, Buttercup Comments
  1. Moo Chi

    I am musically illiterate. But the dance you and your friends bring me on is like a birthday cake. Lyrics are just an icing. A magical waltz in my mind every single time. Please don't stop.

  2. Élodie (Mélodie) Méfret

    Ok I HAVE BEEN TOLD SINCE THE FIRST MOMMENTS OF DRESSEN DOLLS THAT I SHOULD PLAY MUSIC WITH AMANDA. I pick the wrong path but maybe someday we can.

  3. triangleDAYS

    I saw you play this in Newtown last thursday night, completely haunting experience. Thankyou, Amanda for completely loving my country and making meaningful and heartful songs.

  4. Darth Zaida

    My sister and I were at the concert where she played this for the first time to any crowd. We held hands the entire time and were completely silent. It was a harrowing.

  5. andromedasmoons

    im speechless...

  6. Jennifer Thomas

    YassssSsss QueeeEeeen. Xx

  7. Thomas Herlofsen

    Feels like the climax to the entire There will be no Intermission project. Sooo powerful. Thank you for this. And everyone GO BUY THE FRICKIN RECORD. It's for a good cause and everything. https://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/album/amanda-palmer-friends-forty-five-degrees-a-bushfire-charity-flash-record

  8. Doodle Dreams

    Thank you

  9. Dethbryte Sickle

    Thank you Amanda! This is so beautiful. 🖤 #amazing

  10. WalkWhenICanFly

    it's 2 am here and it's weird to listen to a song that's still so new. you made me cry with the last verse. i don't know how we'll make it out of this, but i'm glad you're here. thank you.