"Sugar" as written by and Edna/mitchell Alexander....
don't say morning's come
don't say it's up to me
if I could take 25 minutes
out of the record books.

sugar
he brings me sugar

bobby's collecting bees
and hammers, he used one on me.
cold war with little boys
get in with a bubble gum trade...

and...
sugar, bring me sugar
and all the robins bring,
bring me many things
but...
sugar, oh sugar

he brings me sugar
as far as I can tell
i've been gone for miles now

and you know, and I know
i don't know me very well

and I know, and you know
if they found me out.

sugar
he brings me sugar
and all the robins bring
they bring me many things but...

sugar
he brings me sugar
and all the robins bring
they bring many things but...

sugar


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    General CommentThis was always one of my fave b-sides of hers. She almost always plays it in concert, just like "Me and a Gun"
    SisterSoleilon May 01, 2004   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's not a nice take on it but couldn't this be talking about a guy who can't stay in touch with his sexuality in his own thoughts because the first man who touched him shouldn't have? It just read that way to me as I read toris interview comments. Asif the guy wanted the love when he was young but the sugar, the not really love , was from someone older getting in to 'the bubblegum trade'. His sexuality got tarnished and now he cant go forward and he can't go back. The addiction is to sugar and only half knowing perhaps.
    Jassmyn Celesteon August 01, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe lyrics are a bit complex in parts of this song but essentially this song to me is about being in a lost & confusing relationship with someone where neither parties involved know exactly what they want. There's a sweetness to the relationship at its core that they are both all too used to but it's come to the point where nothing else about the romance makes any kind of sense. This song seems to be about the unraveling of it all, the madness & losing of ones mind and self in its wake.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon April 02, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"So, I had to get this song together in about 2 hours. And this boy really pissed me off, because I had a crush on him, right...and he'd been making tea for me for nine months. And so, the whole thing is...he would sit there and ask me... Now if you're making tea for a girl, right, for 9 months don't you think, guys. I mean help me out here. Your noodle, it can hold a lot of information, right? But don't you think, you can remember how many sugars a girl takes in her tea after 9 months!" [Tori Amos, US Hey Jupiter single, intro to song]

    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've tried not to focus on the text, but if I follow the music line i get this, deepish, true,beautiful but sick relationship that you can't give up for the joy it brings you of being different from all the rest of the world. In spite of the fact that the parts don't really comunicate, he still brings her sugar, which can be sweeter than anything else. Call it chemistry, or match of bodies, call it however you want, it's more intense than anything else and makes the most beautiful chorus ever "sugar... bring me sugar"
    deeana5on April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWikipedia says that the line "sugar..he brings me sugar" was inspired by Freddie Mercury!
    justlingon October 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think these lyrics are missing a part. about the pussy-cat haha
    mushaboom20on November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit really goes something like this:

    don't say morning's come
    don't say it's up to me
    if I could take 25 minutes
    out of the record books.

    sugar
    he brings me sugar

    bobby's collecting bees
    and hammers, he used one on me.
    cold war with little boys
    get in with a bubble gum trade...

    and...
    sugar, bring me sugar
    and all the robins bring,
    bring me many things
    but...
    sugar, oh sugar

    he brings me sugar
    as far as I can tell
    i've been gone for miles now

    and you know, and I know
    i don't know me very well

    and I know, and you know
    if they found me out.

    "You just watch just watch what they do
    sweet boy when they find you out
    tell me what you think they’ll do
    when you finally found a little __?
    tell me what you think they’ll do
    when they find you out
    when they find you out
    find out
    youre just a “wussy”
    my sweet boy"


    sugar
    he brings me sugar
    and all the robins bring
    they bring me many things but...

    sugar
    he brings me sugar
    and all the robins bring
    they bring many things but...

    sugar
    mushaboom20on November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto fill in the blank, she's saying 'here'.
    birdcansingon February 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know what Tori says about this song ...she has a tendency to be very vague and only give pieces of her inspiration. What she does not tell you is that her love interest in the song did not remember how many sugars because he was gay!She had been in love with a closet case that was working on her road crew. That is where she gets the line "sweet boy when they find you out, tell me what you think they'll do, when they find you gota little in you, when they find out...your just a pussy, my sweet boy my sugar." It is also about a close friends addiction to cocaine.
    Benzodiazepine Daveon March 18, 2007   Link

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