"Sugar on my Tongue" as written by and David Byrne....
Oh, oh, Oh, oh, she's my neighbour
Fill my cup, I'll bet you baby
She'll fill it up
She'll drop the sugar on my tongue
Will she gimme gimme gimme some

She's gonna put sugar on my tongue
She's gonna gimme gimme gimme some
She'll put it right there on my tongue
Put it right there on my tongue

Sweet sweet, lover lover
Never never never find another
to put sugar on my tongue
Gimme gimme gimme some

Is she gonna put sugar on my tongue?
Is she gonna gimme gimme gimme some?
She'll put it right there on my tongue
Put it right there on my tongue

I've been waiting years and years
Finally I see that you appear
My friends are here, and they ask of me
'Is this the time that we're gonna see
her put the sugar on my tongue?'

Is she gonna put sugar on my tongue?
Is she gonna put sugar on my tongue?
Is she gonna gimme gimme some?
She'll put it right there on my tongue
put it right there on my tongue

Sugar on my tongue
Oh, oh, oh...

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"Sugar on My Tongue" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentHoly cow! It's not a drug reference. It's all about sex. If David Byrne were going to do a drug reference, he'd be a lot more clever and a lot more obvious.
    AmyTheWebDivaon September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGrowing up in the sixties I saw so many jokes start with 'borrowing sugar from the neighbor', which always implied sex. I'm convinced that he speaks to that same scenario. "She's my neighbor, fill my cup" is where it starts. "Will she gimme gimme some?" says it all, to me. He also refers to her as a unique lover.

    Then he states that his friends want to see her put the sugar on his tongue - so anything's possible!

    Now - how about the music? This song was twenty years ahead of its time, like so much from Talking Heads.

    Thanks to DB and the group for this gem!
    AbelMagwitchon January 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented this.

    Anyway, it sounds to me like it's about ecstacy, or perhaps not, as I'm quick to say that anyway, and a few friends suspect oral sex. Oh, spicy.
    DaLocoBraton May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe drug PCP is refered to as sugar and can be ingested orally....

    So this song being about drugs is highly possible.
    speakingintongueson August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcome on you guys.. i always just leave it as, yah, she's gonna give him some sugar .. you know???????
    innoculouson February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely acid
    septic_sisteron August 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwait trick daddy didnt right this song? hahaha
    i def. agree that this is about sex and not drugs because as Amy said David would be alot more clever and obvious see: Drugs
    mr.von September 09, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSpeaking as a writer, my first thought on these lyrics is that they could easily be about sex OR drugs OR actual sugar for that matter. It's pretty common for a songwriter (especially a good one) to write a song that works from multiple different angles. The whole bridge part about 'my friends ask of me' makes me think that this song is about some lost love or crush that's possibly returning into the singer's life, but that at its core has been wrapped in a metaphor that is vaguely sexual and/or drug related. I think all the interpretations are correct. The song just works on so many levels that it's easy for the listener to fill in the blanks however they see fit.

    Maybe. Or maybe the entire song is one big cunnilingus reference. Who knows?
    crocodile_smileon April 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's from the perpective of a horse being given sugar cubes!

    And very cleverly, the lyrics also work at a human level.
    SpaceSnailon July 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis one is about LSD even if it isn't . . . the reference to liquid acid, frequently applied to sugar cubes, is so clear that even if its really about sex or love - it is also about LSD. Just as references to mainlines and injection are likely to give a song a 'heroin layer', even if the subject is actually something else. Great song.
    nathan1149on February 26, 2018   Link

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