"Sugar Kane" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
You're perfect in the way, a perfect end today
You're burning out their lights and burning in their eyes
I love you Sugar Kane, a-comin' from the rain
Oh kiss me like a frog, and turn me into flame
I love you all the time, I need you eight to nine
Oh I can stay all night, your body shining

And I know
There's something down there sugar soul
Back to the cross, a twisted lane
There something down there Sugar Kane

I'm back again in love, I'm back again a dove
Where'd you get your light, your smilin' sugar life
Another lovers day, another cracked up night
Every night I say, the light is coming

And I know
There's something down there sugar cone
Back to the cross, a twisted lane
There's something down there Sugar Kane

Hey angel come and play, and fly me away
A stroll along the beach, until you're out of time
I love you Sugar Kane, a crack into the dream
I love you Sugar Kane, I love you Sugar Kane
I love you Sugar Kane, I love you Sugar Kane
I love you Sugar Kane, I love you sugar


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"Sugar Kane" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +2
    General CommentYou're almost certainly right. I also love this song. That middle section is awesome.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, 'Sugar Kane' was Marilyn Monroe's character in the film 'Some Like It Hot'.
    Omnicideon July 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the most upbeat playful song SY has offered me. The chorus is vibrant and almost a bit poppy. I can't believe it only has a bit of comments either.
    V1NYLon May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOW did no one post coomments on this song this song rocks and so dos sonic youth most underrated band
    nirvana318don November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like its about cocaine. Sugar (looks kinda like coke), Kane (CocaCAINE).

    and burning in their eyes
    *Cocaine makes your eyes HUGE*

    i love you all time
    i need you eight to nine
    i can stay all night
    your bodie's shining *He is addicted to coke, needs it all the time. He can stay all night because coke makes you unable to sleep*


    angel come and play
    you fly me away *Obviously talking about a cocaine high*

    There are more references but these are the most obvious ones. Check out Candle or Star Power if your looking for a song about speed.
    Matamoroson January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant believe this song ONLY HAS 4 COMMENTS
    it's like the greatest song eva, okay i've said that about a few SY songs now
    but this one has a special place in my heart ... for sure
    hazzamatazzaon July 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSugar Kane is the first sonic Youth song I've ever listened. Lovely song with such pretty lyrics. (I didn't know it could be about cocaine tough, I'm glad that I checked this page.)
    keepmeinsaneon August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdecent song
    for ages i thought it was "hey joe come and play" in the last verse
    sounded pretty good as i well i thought
    satellite of loveon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs much as the name suggests cocaine I can't help but feel in every vein in my body that this song is about good 'ol Mary Jane. Think about it. First of all, the mellow feel to the whole tune, the lyrics(getting to this shortly) and the fact that I can't imagine Sonic Youth as coke fiends.

    Ok, so lets analyze:

    You're prefect in the way
    A perfect end today (a joint at the end of the day? a perfect end to the day, one seldom does coke when one is about to go to bed)

    You're burning out their lies
    and burning in their eyes (red, dry eyes with dilated pupils. Also a reference to burning suggest that this is about a drug that is inhaled as smoke)

    i love you sugar kane
    coming from the rain
    kiss me like a frog
    turn me into flame (turns your world into magic and mystery, he loves the sugah kane, self explanatory. Also, flame bit another reference to smoke inhalation)

    I'm just gonna pick out the most interesting parts now, a lot of it is self-explanatory

    i'm back again in love
    i'm back again a dove (you smoke it and the world is magic again, taking coke wouldn't make you feel like a dove, as he states)

    every night i say
    light is coming (he lights up every evening, another luminous experience every night)

    Angel come and play part is self-explanatory



    The main reason as to why I am 100% sure this song is about marijuana though, is because of the lines:
    i love you Sugar Kane
    a crack into the dream

    A crack into the dream eh? Sounds like a spot-on description of a THC high.

    That's my opinion anyway.
    D.B.on December 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Always joke that it's about me, my surname being Kane. ^.^
    Hanskion February 26, 2009   Link

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