Butthole Surfers - Cough Syrup Lyrics




She played for the Angels
I played for the tribe
The summer had been stolen and the bases were all loaded
There was big money on the line
Big my all the time yeah
There was big money on the line
I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
They can have my legs just leave my head alone
I was in the kitchen
The year was in the fall
A friend of mine had told me that there were no point in mopin'
No there were no point at all
There was big fire in the hall, yeah
There weren't no points at all
I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
They can have my legs just leave my head alone
And I can't talk so I guess I got nothin' to say
I'll keep my eyes just take these tears away
Lock, stock, and barrel all the dogs were gone to feral and the car ran like a broken perculator
His liver had gone hard and he wouldn't mow the yard
There was big money on the line
And I heard that his brother was a viking
He liked to solve a problem with a gun
If you want to know the facts you gotta teach him how to act
And I hate cough syrup don't you
I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter
I'd like to sail a ship into the sun
If you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
And I hate cough syrup don't you
I know that your mother is a martyr
I heard she's got connections with the mob
If you wanna learn the fight you gotta drink up all the light
And I hate cough syrup don't you
I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter
I like to see the wood curl up and burn
If you wanna touch the sky you must be prepared to die
And I hate cough syrup don't you
I hate cough syrup and I hate the food in Europe
And I hate cough syrup it's true
You wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
And I hate cough syrup don't you
I hate cough syrup it's true





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Butthole Surfers Cough Syrup Comments
  1. Jonathan Smith

    Any band willing to name themselves The Butthole Surfers deserves tremendous respect. GODSPEED Buttholes!

  2. Gareth O'Brien

    cough syrup is great i always went for non drowsy

  3. Jakobi's Bunghole

    Makin money on ads is so butthole surfers all yinz

    Jakobi's Bunghole

    Enemy toast; the whole fucker saving butthole surfers. I exited out once and came back...TWO MORE ADS.

  4. erosionhead420

    I love this to death.
    Happy Friday night.

  5. Ernie Buchinski

    This woman looks like almost every middle-aged female librarian that I've ever seen, and a couple of male ones too.

    Arlan Poer

    Looks a lot like the old ladies who worked in the 5 and dimes watching to make sure kids didn't shoplift.

  6. Eric Zook

    yeah i recognize her i put syrup on her blueberry pancakes in a iowa diner and she be-littled me so i laced her coffee with l.s.d. and she was never heard from again

  7. Daryn Freeman

    DXM is a HELL of a drug ❤️

  8. Shruggz Da Str8-Faced Clown

    the food in europe

  9. john darwin

    butthole surfers gave my dog cat aids and stole my wheelchair . this is the devils music and yee shall all burn in hell .

  10. Weeb Beater

    I'm buying a shovel and tickets to Baltimore







    Its time to know the truth

    SquidofCubes

    like iggy pop w the shovel

  11. Nate S

    Burrito Smurfers

  12. Jack Gilbert

    My High school journalism teacher freely admitted that she lost her mind seeing the Butthole Surfers on acid. She also introduced me to Fad Gadget, and early Ministry.

    jerry jerg

    love for das teachers!!

    punishedsuperdragon

    That's fucking awesome

  13. sammie6 newton

    I love drugs drinking. Fuckin....and so on and also this band

  14. AJtheory

    So much heartfelt grieving in this song

    Douglas Farnsworth

    I spin my weenis around like a propeller while I fart

  15. Mary Poole

    HAARP---432 Hz. Frequency Resonates with the Earths 7.83 Hz. Schumann Resonance Frequency---

  16. Charming Billy

    0% Of People In The Comments: .....
    100% Of People In The Comments: That lady needs to quit her shit!

  17. Gabriel Jenkins

    The lady on the cover is a Karen

  18. PrncsReo

    Im so happy I discovered them. Great lyrics.

    1solo9

    Same here. They have some bad a$$ songs.

  19. Johnny

    Brilliant song, music, and lyrics.

  20. Fiona Roberts

    No one likes me so cool

  21. WDK Show

    Wow. This is amazing.

  22. Peter S. Paulson

    The year was in the fall.......

  23. Robert Atkins

    Does the woman on the album cover have connections with the mob

  24. Cryptameria *

    I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter, I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter

  25. Michael Miller

    Probably easy to steal....

  26. superduperbard

    pleasure me with claws of milk, goddess

  27. Russ Jones

    Worst album cover ever

  28. Scott Raygor

    His liver had gone hard, and he wouldn't mow the yard

    Anastasia Murawski

    R. I.P Dad! Slow suicide is so fun to be a witness to.

  29. LBJFKKK LBJFKKK

    Mighty Morphine Powder Raiders

  30. rubbersole

    The singer Gibby told a story once about the band in their early days, they were waaay behind on their rent/bills etc. and then one of them suddenly came into $5,000.00 of "found money" which they immediately went out and spent on band equipment......

  31. Robert Atkins

    Does morgan freeman hate cough syrup

  32. Steve Mann

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpeZp4gISrM&t=20s

  33. B Jesse

    This lady can go to hell

  34. cross

    dextromethorphan

  35. Matthew S

    I do....I do hate cough syrup!

  36. bozo buckets

    SURF THEM BUTTHOLES TILL THE WHORES OF BABYLON CUM IN THEIR PANTIES

  37. Kris Frederick

    I have 133 middle fingers up

  38. Ariel P

    This song is great with cough syrup.

    Alison Rankin

    That's why I'm here *laughs*

  39. Don Havard

    These guys are original.Enough said.Find better.

  40. Seth H

    Wtf?? Butthole surfers? Lol

  41. Rebel Zombea

    I love the end to this. One of my favorite 90s bands 😍

  42. Dale Wright

    Can't get enough of this band.

  43. Adam

    Song of the Day
    07-10-19: Cough Syrup | Butthole Surfers
    also on: www.onecuriousworld.com

  44. Cringelord The CRT

    surprised no ones pointed out the album arts for cream corn from the socket of davis while the songs from electriclarryland

  45. Elizabeth Hann

    Maybe my new favorite drug-song...And I like that it's wordier than a lot of other Butthole Surfers songs.

  46. Vermithrax Pejorative

    I'm just not sure if I'm wearing pants.

  47. Matthew S

    Cough syrup makes me cough.

  48. Window Paine

    I met this lady on Craigslist

  49. Susan Kinnan

    Looks like the church lady👿

  50. I comment based on the title without watching

    They can have my legs just leave my mail alone

    Susan Kinnan

    Yeah!!!!!

    Donovan Scott

    Have they chopped his legs off?

  51. Myri77 L-C

    This is so so so fucking good

  52. Jon Esworthy

    I need this cover on a Tshirt

    Thor Odinson

    Lol but no lie dxm was a pretty great drug. I still seldom use it when I can't get mxe. Fuck ketamine it's too short acting it's the crack of disassociatives.

    LENA D

    Hilarious ... if you get one please tell me where to pick one up too 😁😆

  53. Donovan Scott

    Go stand in the corner!

  54. Dorian Taylor

    Still one of the best bands ever

  55. Daniel Elliott

    Let’s play a show you lazy fuckers.

  56. Tronald Dump

    She played for the angels
    I played for the tribe
    The summer had been stolen and the bases were all loaded
    There was big Money on the line
    Big my all the time yeah
    There was big MONEY ON THE LINE
    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my head alone
    I was in the kitchen
    The year was in the fall
    A friend of mine had told me that theRE WERE NO POINT IN MOPIN'
    No there were no point at all
    There was big fire in the hall yeah
    There weren't no points at all
    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my head alone
    And I can't talk so I guess I got nothin' to say
    I'll keep my eyes just take these tears away
    Lock stOck AnD barrel all the dogs were gone TO FERAL and the car ran like a broken perculator
    His liver had gone hard and he wouldn't mow the yard
    There was big MONEY ON THE LINE
    And I heard that his brother was a viking
    He liked to sOLVE a problem with a gun
    If you want to know the facts you gotta teach him how to act
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter
    I'd like to sail a ship into the sun
    If you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny BooTH
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I know that your mother is a MARTYR
    I heard she's got connections with the mob
    If you wanna learn the fight you gotta drink up all the light
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter
    I LIKE TO SEE THE WOOD CURL UP AND BURN
    If you wanna touch the sky you must be prepared to die
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I hate cough syrup and I hate THE FOOD IN EUROPE
    And I hate cough syrup it's TRUE
    You wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny BooTH
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I hate cough syrup it's TRUE

    el sombra

    i heard that his brother was a "pikey'. or at least that's how they sang it when i saw them.

    Ariel P

    Well I happen to love it

    m & m

    Thanks Donald

    Dave Green

    Leave my mail alone?

    Italian Soldier from WW2

    Thank you Tronald, very cool

  57. Donovan Scott

    I love Gee’s linctus don’t you?

  58. Eric the Punk

    That lady on the album cover looks like she wants to speak with my manager

    Vermithrax Pejorative

    That lady IS my manager!! 😱

    Jake Sommer

    She definitely has a haircut that says "I didn't order that."

  59. padraig kavanagh

    fave b-hole's tune...no doubt! CLASSIC!!!

  60. Mattforbid g

    I used to smoke pot with a Johnny Booth. We blazed that shit every day

  61. Johnny B600D

    I'll keep my eyes, just take these ears away.. love it

  62. Eric Wade

    Although mudjackers are people too.

  63. Eric Wade

    That lady looks like every right winged evangelical Texas woman from the 50's. I was there....I should know. My grandmother was a Texas long haul trucker. Not a mudjacker.

  64. William Gee

    LIBARIAN LADY WITH THE GLASSES IS HIGH OCTAINE BONER FUEL CAN'T LISTEN TO THIS SONG WITHOUT RUBBONE OFF THINKING OF HER ACCUSING GLARE

  65. Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    Never has Helvetica been used to better effect in album cover design than by the Butthole Surfers.

  66. Leo 9

    That harmony at 1:55 tho!

  67. Nacho Dick

    Love the cover

  68. Bill Miller

    If you wanna learn to fight you gotta drink up all the light.

  69. Ron Black

    "and i heard that his brother was a viking, he liked to solve a problem with a gun."

  70. el sombra

    Surfin' 2018

  71. lynktalz

    snuggled up next to her under the covers, she's a real love

  72. Jacob Hegemann

    Little known fact, she is judging you for not loving this enough

  73. carbonlifeform69

    This woman gives me dandruff

  74. Super Sparkle

    when i first heard this i couldn't stop playing it, guess you just connect with certain tunes!

    Douglas Farnsworth

    I piss on the toilet paper in public restrooms

  75. I Stand Alone

    I lost my virginity to the woman on the cover of this. I get triggered whenever I see it.

    Anthony Ridge

    Fuckin' STUUUUUUUUD!!

    Carlo Rabinovici

    Did she do it doggy?

  76. Mrx Drno

    one of the most underrated bands ever........ always an insane party.....

  77. Superguy77777

    is it just me or is the chorus a little like "i saw an x ray of a girl passing gas"?

  78. Dr Roy Kershaw

    She played for the angels

    I played for the tribe

    The summer had been stolen and the bases were all loaded

    There was big my arm a line

    Big my all the time yeah

    There was big my arm a line

    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home

    They can have my legs just leave my head alone

    I was in the kitchen

    The year was in the fall

    A friend of mine had told me that the work upon my only

    No there were no point at all

    There was big fire in the hall yeah

    There weren't no points at all

    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home

    They can have my legs just leave my head alone

    And I can't talk so I guess I got nothin' to say

    I'll keep my eyes just take these tears away

    Lock stuck in barrel all the dogs were gone in farrel and the car ran like a broken perculator

    His liver had gone hard and he wouldn't mow the yard

    There was big my arm a line

    And I heard that his brother was a viking

    He liked to settle a problem with a gun

    If you want to know the facts you gotta teach him how to act

    And I hate cough syrup don't you

    I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter

    I'd like to sail a ship into the sun

    If you want to know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Boon

    And I hate cough syrup don't you

    I know that your mother is a farter

    I heard she's got connections with the mob

    If you want to learn the fight you gotta drink up all the light

    And I hate cough syrup don't you

    I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter

    I'd like to see your work go up and burn

    If you want to touch the sky you must be prepared to die

    And I hate cough syrup don't you

    I hate cough syrup and I hate fruity (mirror?)

    And I hate cough syrup it's screwed

    You want to know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Boof

    And I hate cough syrup don't you

    I hate cough syrup it's screwed

  79. William Gee

    I don't know if it's the song or the picture but I cannot control the overwhelming urge to vigiourously masterbate to this song.

  80. Robert Atkins

    Napoleon dynamite has connections with the mob

  81. sakkie prinsloo

    Life's too short to even care at all oh
    I'm losing my mind losing my mind losing control
    These fishes in the sea they're staring at me oh oh oh oh oh oh
    A wet world aches for a beat of a drum, oh
    If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away
    To some fortune that I, I should have found by now
    I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down
    Life's too short to even care at all oh
    I'm coming up now coming up now out of the blue oh
    These zombies in the park they're looking for my heart oh oh oh oh
    A dark world aches for a splash of the sun oh oh
    If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away
    To some fortune that I, I should have found by now
    And so I run to the things they said could restore me
    Restore life the way it should be
    I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down
    Life's too short to even care at all oh
    I'm losing my mind losing my mind losing control
    If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away
    To some fortune that I, I should have found by now
    And so I run to the things they said could restore me
    Restore life the way it should be
    I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down
    One more spoon of cough syrup now whoa
    One more spoon of cough syrup now whoa

  82. Patrick Foster

    "I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter,
    I like to see the wood go up and burn."
    Now that's great lyrics folks.

    Tom Pope

    “World curl up and burn”*

    Dennis Stuckwish

    Does it mean? I'd rather trip on LSD over cough syrup? :)

    Zack Kelly

    If she finds your Final Fantasy 2 instruction booklet under the bed, you are going to get hit with a broom because you are going to hell for dabbling in black magic.

  83. Manuel Bucci Riedel

    id rather be a sailor than a fighter.say no more, gibby.my first lessons in acid car driving, while my ears were growing and my eyes turned lysergig.but i never broke my car, hell yeah!!!

  84. Robert Atkins

    The woman in the pic reminds me more of mrs doubtfire

  85. Nicole Novo

    “I’d rather be a matchstick than a lighter, I’d like to see the world curl up and burn”. 🚬 “If you wanna touch this sky, you must be prepared to die!” ⚰️

  86. Thee Kim

    melodic

  87. Leigh Brand

    best Butthole Surfers song ever

  88. Garden Grove

    Great song to do naughty things to your girlfriend in the bedroom.🤭

  89. Vomit Pinata

    if you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth.

  90. Joel Larson

    Rub A Little Bit 'Tussin On It

  91. Sinwillfindyou

    Mom? Whose butthole r u surfing? Glasses 👍 everything else yr wearing 👎 smoking PCP 👍

  92. Tom Rhymer

    She looks like a composite of every school teacher I had first through fifth grades.

    LBJFKKK LBJFKKK

    You're definitely old school!

    Fred Nurk

    I was choca-block . Up her then

  93. Metalthrashinmadman96

    They can have my legs, just leave my mayo alone

  94. slint69

    She played for the Angels
    I played for the tribe
    The summer had been stolen and the bases were all loaded
    There was big money on the line
    Big money all the time yeah
    There was big money on the line

    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my mail alone

    I was in the kitchen
    The year was in the fall
    A friend of mine had told me that there were no point in mopin'
    No there were no point at all
    There was big fire in the hall, yeah
    There weren't no points at all

    I can't walk so I guess I'm gonna stay at home
    They can have my legs just leave my mail alone
    And I can't talk so I guess I got nothin' to say
    I'll keep my eyes just take these tears away

    Lock, stock, and barrel all the dogs were gone to feral
    And the car ran like a broken perculator
    His liver had gone hard and he wouldn't mow the yard
    There was big money on the line

    And I heard that his brother was a viking
    He liked to solve a problem with a gun
    If you want to know the facts you gotta teach him how to act
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I'd rather be a sailor than a fighter
    I'd like to sail a ship into the sun
    If you wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I know that your mother is a martyr
    I heard she's got connections with the mob
    If you wanna learn to fight you gotta drink up all the light
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter
    I like to see the world curl up and burn
    If you wanna touch the sky you must be prepared to die
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I hate cough syrup and I hate the food in Europe
    And I hate cough syrup it's true
    You wanna know the truth you gotta dig up Johnny Booth
    And I hate cough syrup don't you
    I hate cough syrup it's true

    Andres Ruiz

    yur mother is a martyr...
    .....

    bbbmoody

    Good job, except I'm pretty sure he says, "I'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter. I like to see the wood curl up and burn."

  95. ToddIsMyName

    I’m so fucked right niet

  96. Reverend Benzo

    Why is Harry S. Plinkett's wife on the album cover?

  97. mikdre

    One of the most underrated bands of all time.

  98. Any Rebel

    Is this song about a desperate guy who is sick of living a routine life so he goes all in on sports bets and is just sitting in his house getting fucked up on cough syrup waiting for the checks to come in the mail, knowing that someone in the mob will shoot him since he can't cover the losses? I don't know anything about how betting works but that's what this song seems like to me. a guy who just put it all on the line. "i'd rather be a matchstick than a lighter"

  99. Paulbyron Desfosses

    3:02pm 6/15/2018 2100 park place going to Vulcan neighbourhood walmart tonight like every fri since my birthday last tim e I tried to contact deth row record's ... my # 206-291-7047 .....

  100. Chuck Norris

    This song really sounds like REM to me, not a bad thing but I thought it was interesting

    William Gee

    The tune I can see, but REM could never write such masterful lyrics, those guys suck.

    Andie Failla

    I agree, no relation.

    Janice Sunseri

    They are both dated. But I still like The BHS.

    Barbara Conlin

    Did yall know the surfers literally stalked rem in the 90s for a giggle

    Sneedy Ketler-Baumbach

    “If you believe they put a [maggot] on the [brain]”