Your love is like a studded leather headlock
Your kiss, it put could creases in the rain
You're rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock
And those other girls are just Postmix lemonade

Suck it and see, you never know
Sit next to me before I go
Jigsaw women with hollow movie blue shoes
Be cruel to me 'cause I'm a fool for you

I poured my aching heart into a pop song
I couldn't get the hang of poetry
That's not a skirt, girl, that's a sawn-off shotgun
And I can only hope you've got it aimed at me

Suck it and see, you never know
Sit next to me before I go
Jigsaw women with hollow movie shoes
Be cruel to me 'cause I'm a fool for

Blue girls from once upon a Shangri-La
How I often wonder where you are
You have got that face that just says
"Baby, I was made to break your heart"

Suck it and see, you never know
Sit next to me before I go
Go, go, go
Jigsaw women with hollow movie shoes
Be cruel to me 'cause I'm a fool for you



Lyrics submitted by gemmalouise89, edited by Mellow_Harsher, riaki1998

"Suck It and See" as written by Alex / Turner

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  • +7
    My Interpretation:Suck It And See (MRpsycho's analysis)

    01 - "She's Thunderstorms"

    Boy meets Girl.
    And he falls in love with her unpredictability, her beauty, and her mind. Boy can't believe he's found someone who is fearless.
    "...She came and substituted the peace and quiet for Acrobatic blood flow…"

    Boy senses that she is withholding secrets,
    just like himself and everyone else on the World.
    "…She's thunderstorms, lying on her front, up against the wall..."

    "…When you're feeling far away, she does what the night does to the day…"
    Like in a thunderstorm, Boy wonders whether the future with this new love can survive this cruel, judging world. But ultimately he chooses to "Suck It And See"

    02 - "Black Treacle"

    Girl introduces Boy to her secret vice. Marijuana. He has never experienced it before but because he loves Girl, he trusts her.
    "….And I don't mean to rain on anybody's cabriolet, One of those games you're going to lose, But you want to play it just in case"

    Their relationship blossoms but he still asks questions about her fix, which has become his fix.
    "…Does it help you stay up late? Does it help you concentrate? Does it tune you in when you chew your chin? Am I ruining your fun?"

    "…More like Black Treacle, than Tar…"
    She proves that she can still be a strong woman and maintain a healthy social life while still smoking recreationally.

    "…And you talk the talk alright, but do you walk the walk or catch the train…"
    Boy and Girl become intimate lovers….their future looks great, but Boy continues to wonder whether this bliss will last.

    03 - "Brick by Brick"

    As he tries to figure out what Girl loves, Boy plays his guitar with his band for the first time whilst stoned.

    "I wanna break you down, Brick by Brick, I'm gonna reconstruct, Brick by Brick, I wanna feel your love"

    He has to slowly get the hang of his new perspective of music "I want a blow by blow, Brick by Brick"

    and he eventually chooses to go on tour and rock out with his new found Grace. "Brick by Brick, I want an episode…"
    Girl still loves his music but doesn't like the fact that he's headed on tour.




    04 - "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala"

    "…Just when things are getting complicated in the eye of the storm.."

    Boy and Girl begin to grow distant due to Boy always on tour. She tells him that if he gets high, she'll be there with him in the back of his mind. And it will remind him of all the mesmerizing things they've done together.

    "…she flicks a red hot revelation off the tip of her tongue…"

    It's as if she appears out of thin air and it helps him rock out, but in the end…it's only an illusion…and they begin to slip into a downward spiral.

    "Home sweet home, home sweet home, home sweet Booby trap"

    He continues to rock and hopes Girl will understand and be cool with his fame…

    "…Her steady hands may well have done the Devil's pedicure, What you waiting for! Sing another fucking Shalalala…."

    05 - "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair"

    Boy and Girl continue having arguments every so often and they begin to play games with each other…

    "Do the macarena in the devil's lair, but just Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair"

    this effects Boy and his bands music as being effected by the changing times, their sound begins to change as well and they start taking risks.

    "…Break the mirror, roll the dice, run with scissors through a chip pan fire fight…"

    Tension grows as Boy tells his fans that he's changed and he's ready to live the true Rocker lifestyle.

    "…Bite the lightening, and tell me how it tests…"

    Boy and Girl separate due to this new lifestyle.

    06 - "Library Pictures"

    Boy begins to feel depressed but he utilizes his intelligence and music, and he begins seeing the true potential in himself and his brain. His brain is wired of drugs like lightening…
    "Library pictures of the quickening canoe, the first of it's kind to get to the moon" = he speaks of life "Organizers/Memory Banks/Brains of the Accelerating Universe"… and we're the first of the animals to get to the moon

    Life is still confusing and fast as fuck but he remembers only the negative memories of Girl in order to rebel and feel as if he was right in their arguments.

    "Been watching all the neon blossom, flickering…"

    He knows human civilization is moving forward in the fast life of the Information Age and so must he… his band's sound evolves again, as he feels completely free to explore new territory….

    "…You look as if you've all forgotten where you've been…"

    07 - "All My Own Stunts"

    As life begins to slow down, he begins to ponder the relationship with Girl and whether or not to go back to her. Whenever he's out at clubs, bars…he's wondering what she's doing. Whenever he tries to get high, he thinks of her immediately and begins to miss her.

    "Been watching cowboy films, on gloomy afternoons, tinting the solitude"

    It hits Boy that his stunts caused so much pain for people in his life. "…All my Own Stunts!! High noon has changed it's tune…"


    He's mad at himself and attempts to restore his Reputation and simply, he wants to be happy again.

    "…Show me what to do, I know you've got the moves"


    08 - "Reckless Serenade"
    A depressed Boy knows he is a rockstar and he knows he can get any Girl he wants. He begins to slow down and relaxes with friends and new lovers that he meets.

    "Illuminations, on a rainy day, when she walks her footsteps sing a Reckless Serenade"

    He wonders what we're all here for and whether his rock music will stand the test of time, after it all it is just a mirror of his life and right now it's a "Reckless Serenade"

    "I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need, called up to listen to the voice of reason and got his answering machine…"

    A lonely Boy tries to contact Girl and she accepts his offer to meet up, as friends. As they remember their good times together, Boy wonders whether she could ever really care about him again….

    "The type of kisses where teeth collide, when she laughs the heavens hum a stun gun lullaby…"

    09 - "Piledriver Waltz"

    Girl gives Boy some news, she has met someone else. Boy is shocked *ALARM GOES OFF(the beat)* and he begins to examine his life differently again because he thought he had her...

    "…I heard an unhappy ending…it sorta sounds like you're leaving…"

    he stops thinking about his emotions for Girl as he sees that they look happy together. Whenever Boy and Girl talk now, her new Boyfriend always comes up and it's like a endless stab to the heart.

    "You look like you've been for breakfast in the Heartbreak Hotel…"

    He decides to ignore Girl's calls as he is too heartbroken to listen…and now his sound is filled with sorrow, not the Rock'n'Roll he anticipated…. but he's gotta play in order to pull through this…

    "…If you're gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes…"



    10 - "Love Is A Laserquest"

    Boy waits for Girl to break up with her new Boyfriend…he wonders if the two of them have arguments like Boy and Girl had..he wonders if they are taking their love seriously and wants to just hold her like he used to.

    "…And do you still think Love is a laser quest or do you take it all more seriously? I've tried to ask you this in some daydreams that I've had but you're always busy being make believe…"

    All he wants is for her New boyfriend to treat her right…better than he ever did. He attempts to get high with marijuana like he used to, but he knows it will remind him of her…but that's what he wants.

    "When I'm pipe and slippers and rocking chair, singing dreadful songs about summer…Will I have found a better method of pretending you were just some lover?"

    So he begins smoking because for those minutes of bliss…it's like Girl is holding him in his arms and singing about love together….

    "…For a minute it gets easier to pretend that you were just some lover…"

    His new method is to escape with the thing she introduced to him and find a way to move on.

    11 - "Suck It And See"

    Boy reflects on his decision to "Suck It And See" and he realizes that no matter how things turn out…Good or Bad, it's worth the experience and gives you true wisdom. And wants to keep changing himself whenever he gets bored of current him.

    "That's not a skirt girl, that's a sawn off shotgun, and I can only hope you've got it aimed at me"

    He smokes occasionally and thanks Girl for introducing him to something that can calm his nerves and remind him of their good times. He wants to keep changing and never stay in one place.

    "…Suck It And See, you never Know…Sit next to me, before I go"

    Even though they had their fuck-ups, they also had moments of love and laughter.

    "Your love is like a studded leather headlock, your kiss it could put creases in the rain"

    He still thinks about Girl and knows that wherever she is …at least she's happy.

    "You have got that face that just says 'baby I was made to break your heart'"

    12 - "That's Where You're Wrong"

    Boy takes control of his life and vows to use the experience for good. And spread the word that love is always worth the trip.

    "Sitting on the floor with a tambourine, crushing up a bundle of love…don't take it so personally, you're not the only one"

    Boy feels great and for the first time in months,
    knows that he'll prove all haters wrong in the future because he's back on top of shit, and will try to never let his personal problems make him go through all the changes he went through during the course of Arctic Monkey's fourth studio effort.

    "All the old flames…fastened on, Make a wish that…weighs a tonne, There are no handles...you can hold, and no Understanding…where it goes…"
    MrPsycheon January 11, 2012   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation:This song is more or less straight-foward.

    I think this song is about a guy who is deeply infatuated with a girl who could treat him like anything, but it wouldn’t change his feelings towards her. She could break his heart, but it won’t affect his love for her.

    “You're rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock
    And those other girls are just post-mix lemonade”
    If what previous posts said are true, which I believe they are, the comparison to drinks show his mentality that she is one of a kind.

    The chorus of the song, I feel, shows him wanting her to take a chance with him.
    “Sit next to me, before I go”

    The line, “So be cruel to me, because i’m a fool for you,” shows how the girl can do anything. He is in a submissive position to her.

    “I poured my aching heart into a pop song
    I couldn't get the hang of poetry
    That's not a skirt girl, that's a sawn-off shotgun
    And I can only hope you've got it aimed at me”
    This shows his obvious heartache resulting in her disinterest in him. The comparison of her skirt to the shotgun shoes the kind of profound effect that she has on him. The last line shows how he wishes that it were meant for him.

    “How I often wonder where you are
    You have got that face that just says
    'Baby, I was made to break your heart'”
    The first line shows how she is always on his mind, The last two lines show the woman’s hurtful actions again, how even through his attraction, he just gets his heart broken.
    chrisisgreeenon June 26, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Absolutely beautiful song.
    Alex Turner never fails to amaze me with his gorgeous lyrics.
    Anyone who can fit the words 'can of dandelion and burdoch' into a song with such meaning and romance is a fucking genius. I only wish there were more artists like the arctics.
    HollyGayfaceon July 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Suck it and see... as opposed to thinking about whether it's good/bad, right/wrong ahead of time.

    That's probably Alex's behaviour towards new experiences, people and/or drugs...
    Camel fanon July 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Your kiss it could put creases in the road" should probably be "Your kiss it could put creases in the rain" that's what it sounds like to me and it goes with the rhyme scheme of the first verse.
    screenager0on May 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's "Blue MOON girls from once upon a shangri-la"
    Alistair1on May 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This and Laserquest are having a similar effect of back-to-back heartbreaking songs, much like the Last Shadow Puppets album. I haven't thought much about it until typing right now but the story of this song seems like it COULD come before the recovery of losing love on Laserquest. Optimistic, but aware that she was made to break his heart and then on Laserquest him trying to find somebody new and being unable to remove his connection from the previous lover.
    Mike53421on June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Curiously, "Love is a laserquest" and "Suck it and see" are my favourite songs on the album; maybe cause I'm going trough a similar situation to what Mike53421 says. Well, anyone know what they mean by:

    "You're rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock And those other girls are just post-mix lemonade"???

    And what about by:

    "Jigsaw women with horror movie shoes"???
    Tiko9on June 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Apparently dandelion and burdock is a British soft drink (Wikipedia), so perhaps the aforementioned drink is more rare than readily-available and easily accessible post-mix lemonade.
    Mike53421on June 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Dandelion and Burdock is a soft drink not so common anymore. Its a rare and classic drink. Where as lemonade is common. I think he is saying that she is a classic and a rare find, where as the other girls are all common and boring.
    blondeharryon June 20, 2011   Link

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