Elliott Smith - Cupids Trick Lyrics




She's shaking down, I'm absent and numb from shock
Reaching around for the hands of clock
Should've lied
Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up

Cupid's trick comes down to shake and deal
The stupid kick that makes me real
Should've lied
Should've lied
Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up

She's shaking down, it's over and done
So kick me, cane me
Then I'll know why
Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up





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  1. Branigan C

    Elliot Smith fucking playing heavy riffs, I love it

  2. Izaak Diggs

    Proof that as a one man band Steven could rock like a motherfucker: The way he arranged and played the drums, the guitar break, even his subtle bass lines. He was the genius everyone says Kurt Cobain was, but more so. He's like an even more talented Chris Bell, another "cult" guy who was overshadowed by someone else (Alex Chilton).

  3. stella

    can we stop analyzing his lyrics? thanks.

    here is what Elliott had to say about this song, for any concerned parties. I'm just tired of seeing people read so far into things.
    http://cwas.hinah.com/interview/?id=11

  4. Richard Dowdy

    Lets face it Elliott was a great song writer that put him in the folk section at times. He hated that. Yet when he needed to rock out he could. Kate Bush did the same thing. It is so sad he no longer with us.

  5. Dustin Mulligan

    I love the lyrics "Shoulda/sugar pick/lick/lit/lift me up it's my lie/life." haha. It's funny, I can hear it as a combination of all of these. ORiginally I thought it was "Lit me up, it's my lie, should have lit me up"... But everyone seems to have their own take. the An interviewer asked him straight up what it was and he said he was too embarrassed to say. The lyrics are not in the liner notes, and it's the only song not in there. In various live performances, still can''t tell. Even the lyric websites have no consistency. Then there is the "cane me" lyric. Cane isn't a common word, and it relates to sugar... Is he trying to fuck with us? haha... Can't tell one way or another, and some shows it sounds more like one or the other, and he seems to switch it up. Someone mentioned that it might be done on purpose and he switches the words up or makes it ambiguous on purpose to fuck with us, and given his refusal to answer the question and the missing lyrics in the liner notes makes me feel that this is a plausible theory. In any case, this song fucking rocks, the guitar at the chorus is so thick and sexy. Love when he plays this live, plugged in. *edit: omg... thanks to below commentor, Elliott did say it was "sugar lip me up", in the relatively new expanded Either/Or liners.. Wow. Mystery solved I guess haha. But I still think he changed it in live shows because he was so embarrassed by this lyric he says a couple times.*

    Danielle Marin

    Love your comment....it's so well-written...why would he be embarrassed of "sugar lip me up"? I've heard way worse.

  6. Michael Edmund

    OVERVIEW
    LYRICS
    She's shaking down
    I'm absent and numb from shock
    Reachin' around for the
    Hands of the clock
    Should've lied
    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up
    Cupid's trick comes
    Down to shake and deal
    A stupid kick that
    Makes me real
    Should've lied
    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up
    She's shaking down
    It's never over and done
    So kick me, cane me
    And I'll know
    Why
    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up

  7. Roiy Benkel

    She's shaking down
    I'm absent and numb from shock
    Reaching around for the hands of the clock
    Sugar lied, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up

    Cupid's trick comes down to shake and deal
    The stupid kick that makes me real
    Sugar lied, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up

    She's shaking down
    It's never over and done
    So kick me, cave me in, I'm no one
    Lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar lick me up

  8. Cihwan Seok

    just what i want to play

  9. Miss Lemon

    I distinctly hear "Sugar, lick me up" but it almost seems like he wants it to sound like "Shoot me up." Listen carefully. Tell me what you think. Also, it sounds like "Sugar lied" after "A stupid kick that makes me reel." Yeah?
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    She's shaking down
    I'm absent and numb from shock
    Reaching around for the hands of the clock
    Sugar lie

    Lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up

    Cupid's trick comes down to shake and deal
    A stupid kick that makes me reel
    Sugar lie(d)

    Lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up

    She's shaking down
    It's never over and done
    So kick me, cane me
    and I know why

    Lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up, it's my lie
    Sugar, lick me up

  10. Toro

    The heaviest song of the record, I quite like it.

  11. Cuz Dud

    [G5]She's shaking [Gmaj7]down
    [Gsus2]I'm [Gm]ab[Gm7]sent and [Gsus4]numb from [G5]shock
    reachin' a[Gmaj7]round [Gsus2]for the
    [Gm]hands [Gm7]of the [Gsus4]clock
    should've l[Eb]ied

    Lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up [G5 - F# - F - E - Eb]

    [G5]Cupid's [Gmaj7]trick [Gsus2]comes
    [Gm]]down [Gm7]to [Gsus4]shake and [G5]deal
    the stupid [Gmaj7]kick [Gsus2]that
    [Gm]makes [Gm7]me [Gsus4]real
    should've l[Eb]ied

    Lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie[C#dim]
    should've lit me [G5]up

    [G - F# - F - E - Eb - F]

    [G5 - Bb5 - F5 - C5 x3] [G5 - Bb5 - F5 - C - Eb]

    [G# - G - F# - F - E - Eb]

    [G5]She's shaking [Gmaj7]down
    [Gsus2]it's [Gm]ne[Gm7]ver [Gsus4]over and [G5]done
    [G5]so kick me, [D]cane me
    [Bb]and I'll [C]know [E]why

    Lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie
    should've lit me [G5]up, it's [Bb5][F5]my [C5]lie[C#dim]
    should've lit me [G5]up


    *Gmaj7: 354XXX
    Gsus2: 357XX
    Gm7: 353XXX
    Gsus4: 3555XX

    dddtaaa

    not the correct lyrics

  12. MapleLeaf98115

    Fuck all these ads!

  13. Sotiris Roussis

    Hypnotic rock n roll at its finest form.Love u Elliott!

  14. RodUsher

    She's shaking down
    I'm absent and numb from shock
    Reachin' around for the
    Hands of the clock

    Should've lied

    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up

    Cupid's trick comes
    Down to shake and deal
    A stupid kick that
    Makes me real

    Should've lied

    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up

    She's shaking down
    It's never over and done
    So kick me, cane me
    And I'll know

    Why

    Lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up, it's my lie
    Should've lit me up

    James Beadenkopf

    I thought it was "sugar, lick me up" but idk that's just how I've heard it

  15. Shelton Hank Williams III

    damnit wish he was wearing my t shirt and not my dads haaaa. RIP Elliot, you will never die

  16. Within Green

    man,this life is livable thanks to this guy

    Mladen Vujovic

    What an irony, right?..

  17. Jay Orazi

    Love Elliott rockin out

  18. stevearle

    Also! , it could be that E.S. is singing different verses each time (check it out) thereby making us all kinda right while Elliot plays a "trick" on us.    Also anyone seen "Heaven Adores You"?   and.......?

    Ian Wilmoth

    Like nirvana did. It's a good trick.

  19. 1alexandra12

    She's shaking down, I'm absent and numb from shock
    Reaching around for the hands of clock
    Should've lied

  20. stevearle

    Not to belabor the point of my interpretation of this fine Elliot song but the real tipoff is the line-  "...stupid kick that makes me feel".

    Taimoor Riaz

    @stevearle Its atually " A stupid kick that makes me real".

  21. Hike Malliday

    What a song!

  22. stevearle

    Ah... I love this song as much as any Elliot fan (yah the movies out!!!) but the lyrics, so niftily omitted from the liners... is he not singing "Shooting me up, it's my life"  in the chorus?!?!?
    No-one seems to want to admit it but from an artist so unflinchingly honest it would not surprise me one iota.

    Nicholas Faith

    I used to think that's what it was but, I read somewhere that he said it was "sugar, lick me up, it's my lie"

    Nicholas Faith

    he wasn't addicted to crack or heroin at this point, just alcohol. he also wasn't an i.v. user, he smoked both crack and heroin

    Nicholas Faith

    it pretty amazing that either lyric could actually work with the context of the songs narrative

    Nicholas Faith

    he seems to go change his mind as to what it was, here is another interview where he wouldn't even say https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/elliottsmith/comments/2vm9vf/the_final_word_on_cupids_trick_lyrics/

    Nicholas Faith

    I guess it be whatever YOU relate to/want it to be(Elliott would honestly have probably been cool with that)

  23. Abbey Milner

    I love this song!!

  24. summer black

    such a confusing song

    Richard Dowdy

    Sadley Elliott's whole life was that way too.