"Sugarcube" as written by and Ira David Kaplan Georgia Mia Hubley....
Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I'll do
Try to squeeze a drop of blood
From a sugarcube

Try to be more assured
Try to be more right there
Try to be less uptight
Try to be more aware

Whatever you want from me
Is what I want to do for you
Sweeter than a drop of blood
From a sugarcube

And though I like to act the part of being tough
I crumble like a sugarcube for you

Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I'll do
And I will try

Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I'll do
Try to squeeze a drop of blood
Squeeze a drop of blood
From a sugarcube

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    General CommentThe title is a play on the adage, "you can't get blood from a stone", meaning that, some things are impossible, no matter how hard you try. You certainly can't get blood from a sugarcube.

    The lover in the song wants to be less uptight, more assured, more in the present moment, more aware, but the the harder you work at those things, the the harder it is to achieve them. In order to be truly assured and cool and confident, you need to let go. Trying really hard will get you nowhere.

    No wonder the lover is crumbling before his beloved -- he's working so hard to achieve a futile goal. Men and women alike are notorious for rejecting would-be lovers who try too hard to win them over. Playing hard to get is all about appearing as if you don't NEED your lover...even if you really really want them.

    But the effort, no matter how difficult and exhausting, is sweet to the lover in this song...because he's just so infatuated with his beloved that it barely even matters to him if he "wins". He just wants his beloved to be happy, and he'll do anything to achieve that. Even if the goal is futile, the journey is sweet.
    bloodymilkshakeon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song expresses, for me, the very essence of love: giving yourself to the other one. In love you want to be anything you can to make the other one feel good, to give that person exactly what he/she needs. But it doesn't mean to deny yourself of to erase your identity.

    When you love, everything you do for the other person, you're doing it for yourself.
    Alienoon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the simile they used: i crumble like a sugarcube for you. this song is basically about someone who would do anything the significant other and change themselves for them.
    iamthe5hiton June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know why people still bother to make pop songs - Yo La Tengo already perfected it with this song in my eyes.
    exacton April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the song that introduced me to Yo La Tengo... more specifically, through their video clip.

    My favourite bits in the video clip are:
    - the "academy of rock" teacher who is dressed like he's from KISS and when he takes off the straps/vest to put it on a chair
    - Ira getting busted for playing a clarinet in the toilets
    - someone making a YLT drum cover with Van Halen-inspired lettering
    - James throwing the tiny TV set out the window
    - Georgia getting hit on ("I have a boyfriend")
    - KISS dude getting Ira to gesture with his arm during the "for you" bit

    I really love the dissonant guitar solo.
    elwyn5150on March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I really love the dissonant guitar solo"

    The_Variableon June 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsame here... love this song
    subterranean_summeron June 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the video it's the cast of mr. show along with ylt. the teachers are david cross and bob odenkirk. song's great too.
    smakolaon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor so long i didnt know the exact lyrics to this song. im so attached to these made up lyrics i have to sing them everytime i hear this song.
    everyzoeon December 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentahh this song is the sweetest, it totally takes me away. it sounds like love.
    jessieagogoon May 08, 2008   Link

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