"Cupid's Trick" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
She's shaking down
I'm absent and numb from shock
Reachin' around for the
Hands of the clock

Should've lied

Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up

Cupid's trick comes
Down to shake and deal
A stupid kick that
Makes me real

Should've lied

Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up

She's shaking down
It's never over and done
So kick me, cane me
And I'll know

Why

Lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up, it's my lie
Should've lit me up


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"Cupids Trick" as written by Steven P. Smith

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  • +5
    General Commentwell, i think the lyrics are "Sugar lick me up"
    and i think he knew exactly what he was writing....
    and used drugs as his excuse in order to aviod discussing it
    he was probably embarrassed about the lyrics, but liked the song
    the lyrics are very sexual, at least that's what i think
    and really his only sexual song

    but i could be wrong, so feel free to tell me i'm an idiot
    lost_in_twlighton July 14, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentElliott Smith is qouoted in Spin Magazine saying, "I've written alot of stuff being on something. Drinking or doing drugs doesn't make it any easier, but it's differient, you know?... that song, 'Cupids Trick' on Either/Or- the rock song? I made that up while in a state, and I have no idea what I was talking about. It made perfect sense to me at the time, but now it's just a bunch of words."
    kateion December 20, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou have no idea how hard i would fuck elliott to this song. i worship him.
    himtopiaon January 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAccording to this interview, Elliott says he wrote this song when he was "in a state", and he says he doesn't remember what the song is about. He also claims to have been embarrassed by the lyrics because he felt they were stupid, and thus they weren't printed on the CD sleeve. He was so embarrassed that when the interviewer further inquired he repeated that it wasn't on the sleeve for a reason.

    I think it sounds great. Incredibly interesting, and unique. It can be interpreted however, I guess, in light of this.

    cwas.hinah.com/interview/
    whaton November 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isn't about sex or adultery for gods sakes. It's about the pain of being a fake, being forced even to trick love.
    lukianon November 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics to this song aren't in the album booklet for Either/Or supposedly because Elliott didn't remember writing the song... I think it's kind of evident about what it's about.
    mon no jigokuon June 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really interesting song. We'll probably never know the real meaning to these lyrics. But it is a good song, I like it alot.
    LuckCharmon February 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fucking love this song.
    enigmatic_jesson February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it means exactly what the title says: Cupid's trick. From the story of all his other music, maybe this song is about tricking yourself into bad love that was obviously doom from the beginning but still too hard to resist. Or maybe he's saying that about something else he's addicted to, other than his emotions.
    psilogonon June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow, I'm not quite sure about the "lit me up/should've lit me up" part, but this is what I get from the rest of the song.

    I think this song is about how he promised someone that he would not do drugs, and yet he did it anyway. To avoid upsetting them, he lied. That would explain the "it's my lie". Unfortunately, they found out, and weren't happy about it.

    Cupid's Trick would be his love of drugs (shake and deal, stupid kick, etc.), since Cupid is the fat little guy with love arrows and he's playing a trick on Elliott (or at least his mind).

    Oh, and lost_in_twilight, you asked: you're an idiot.
    Leftofcenter321on August 09, 2005   Link

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