"Sweet Tooth" as written by and Gillian Welch Morgan Nagler....
Sweet tooth, crying shame
Sweet tooth, crying shame
Sweet tooth, crying shame
Gotta feed a sweet tooth ten times a day
Just to hear the wind blowing on a windy day

Cairo is a mean old town
Cairo is a mean old town
Cairo is a mean old town
That's what my Uncle John told me
When the sweet tooth got him down

And it's a slow ride on the Santa Fe
And it's a slow ride on the Santa Fe
And it's a slow ride on the Santa Fe
Crawling like a bear underneath the chair
Looking for the sweet tooth

And there's a poor little bean in the diner car
There's a poor little bean in the diner car
There's a poor little bean in the diner car
Said it's so hard to wait sittin' on a plate
I wish I was a candy bar

Said little brother to sister Sue
Said little brother to sister Sue
Said little brother to sister Sue
Ah I got a sweet tooth for the tooth fairy
And I'm workin' on a cavity

I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I want to be your honey but I got a sweet tooth
I asked you once, I won't ask you twice
Come and be my sugar daddy, I'll treat you nice

Said the little bear to the honey bee
Said the little bear to the honey bee
Said the little bear to the honey bee
I'd do anything in this doggone mighty world
If you'd give in to your sweet tooth

Said the soothsayer to the candy cane
Said the soothsayer to the candy cane
Said the soothsayer to the candy cane
Ah honey let me try you one more time
I'll tell you if you taste the same

I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
I'm goin' to the doctor, gonna pull my sweet tooth
The sign said closed Sunday
And there ain't nothin' left to do but pray

Ah come on give me some of that novacane
Come on give me some of that novacane
Come on give me some of that novacane
Come on give me some of that novacane
Come on give me some of that novacane
Come on give me some of that novacane
Keep the sugar coming through a candy straw
I don't want to feel the pain

Tooth on a string, string on a knob
Tooth on a string, string on a knob
Tooth on a string, string on a knob
That well water better make me well
Cause the sweet tooth is hurtin' like a ringing bell

And there's an angel in the attic, sugar on top
There's an angel in the attic, sugar on top
Oh pretty please with sugar on top
That when I die, sweet tooth in hand
I'm begging Peter send me to the candy land

I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
I'll meet the King of Candy at a quarter to two
He'll feed my sweet tooth, bye and bye
And he says he got somethin' gonna satisfy

Sheep's in the meadow, wolf's in the house
Sheep's in the meadow, wolf's in the house
Sheep's in the meadow, wolf's in the house
Candy's in the hand of the candy man
And the sweet tooth is in my mouth


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    General Commentthis song makes me all kinds of fuzzy happy on the insides =]

    im pretty sure that "sweet tooth" has a different metaphorical meaning in each stanza.

    for instance, the first is probably drugs, the second is life/depression/pessimism, third meaning of life, fourth is being ugly, first love, sex, and on throughout.

    its definitely about an addiction to sugar, but could allude to a multitude of things. either way, the gratification from the addiction is greater than a sober life for the author of the song.

    its such a lovely melody, thanks for the lyrics! anyways :)
    runblueon January 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's all about drugs. Pretty obvious. A drugs-disguised-as-love-lyrics song, which go back as far as recorded music does.
    dylansaveson February 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy two bits:

    This fun song is about yearning/longing and all the stuff we get into on account of our yearning. It is a very light rendering of some heavy theology.
    ChillManon March 29, 2013   Link

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