"Sick Muse" as written by Gavin Brown, Emily Haines and James Shaw....
Watch out Cupid
Stuck me with a sickness
Pull your little arrows out
Let me live my life

You better watch out Cupid
Stuck me with a sickness
Pull your little arrows out
Let me live my life
The one I'd better lead
All the blondes are fantasies

And we looked at them eleven ways
You said, "Look at me". And looked away
And you wrote the song I wanna play
I'll write you harmony in C

Everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody just wanna play the lead

Watch out Cupid
Stuck me with a sickness
Pull your little arrows out
And let me live my life

She said, "I'm with stupid"
Money is a sick muse
Pull your little arrows out
Let me live my life
The one I'd better lead
All the blondes are fantasies

And we looked at them eleven ways
You said, "Look at me". And looked away
And you wrote the song I wanna play
I'll write you in harmony C

Everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody just wana play the lead


Lyrics submitted by dustybreeze, edited by roserose17

"Sick Muse" as written by Gavin Brown Emily Haines

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  • +3
    General CommentI always assumed this song was about how money-driven the music industry is and the pressures it can create for artists. The message is straightforward--money is a "sick muse" and shouldn't serve as an inspiration or motivator. The song could be entirely observational, but the lyric, "Cupid stuck me with a sickness / Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life," suggests that the speaker (possibly the band) was temporarily ruled by money and now wants to reclaim agency over life and artistic pursuits. Lines such as "I'll write you harmony in C" and "Everybody just wanna play the lead" could refer to pandering to the higher-ups and measuring success by industry standards.
    kmb187on July 21, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningShe used to be a party girl no?

    Well if this song is autobiographical (as are many of her other songs involving bags of drugs and keeping one eye on the door) perhaps she is saying she has HIV or AIDS. Think about it:

    "Watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness
    Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life"

    cupid can be another word for love. Think about it.
    Sharpster7on April 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaninganyone know what 'and we looked at them eleven ways' means?
    justcuriouslyon June 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentahhh you beat me to it. but i finish them first!

    Watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness,
    Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life.
    You better watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness,
    Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life,

    The one I better lead
    All the blondes of Fantasies

    And we looked at them eleven ways
    You said, 'look at me', I looked away
    And you wrote the song I wanna play
    I'll write you harmony in C

    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Play the lead
    Play the lead

    Watch out Cupid, money is a sick muse
    Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life.
    She said: I'm with stupid. Money is a sick muse
    Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life

    The one I better lead
    All the blondes of Fantasies

    And we looked at them eleven ways
    You said, 'look at me', I looked away
    And you wrote the song I wanna play
    I'll write you harmony in C

    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Play the lead
    Play the lead

    I'll write you harmony in C

    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
    Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
    Play the lead
    Play the lead
    tinylittlewordson March 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Cupid... that falling in love whilst beautiful and sought after, can be a mind-fuck.
    shockdelicaon April 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere's a book of short stories by richard yates called 'eleven kinds of loneliness' and i always tell myself the line 'we looked at them eleven ways' is a reference to it. highly unlikely that it is, but that's always what springs to mind when i hear it.
    thatsentertainmenton June 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEverybody, everybody just wanna play the Wii
    Play the Wii
    Play the Wii
    aenima007on November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot sure if anyone said this already, but along the lines of this being about money's control over the band, the line "And we looked at them eleven ways" could refer to the eleven songs on this album. Just throwing that out. Love this song/album.
    jpl517on September 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics aren't entirely correct, but i'm sure they will be fixed once metric's new c.d comes out. this is the titled song, and i really love it from what i've seen of concert/ youtube footage, especially the acoustic version of just emily on piano and james on guitar. i hope that the version on the album will be some semblance of that.

    i think the lyrics are brilliant as well, possibly about falling in love with someone but it being an inconveinance and perhaps even getting in the way of a career, and maybe it's about "pulling those arrows out" and choosing that loneliness for the sake of the career and then having to watch other people being in love with each other. i think a fairly negative portrayal of love can be seen in this song, and in the acoustic version the chorus sounds very sad.

    regardless, it's bound to be a good one and i can't wait to see what other people think when traffic picks up.
    cupidvspsycheon February 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah sorry about the lyrics being wrong, although i don't think they're that off.
    I will update them the day i get the lyric booklet.
    dustybreezeon March 03, 2009   Link

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