It makes you blind, it does you in
It makes you think you're pretty tough
It makes you prone to crime and sin
It makes you say thing off the cuff
It's very small and made of glass
And grossly over-advertised
It turns a genius into an ass
And makes a fool think he is wise
It could make you regret your birth
Or turn cartwheels in your best suit
It costs a lot more than it's worth
And yet there is no substitute
They keep it on a higher shelf
The older and more pure it grows
It has no color in itself
But it can make you see rainbows
You can find it at the Bowery
Or you can find it at Elaine's
It makes your words more flowery
It makes the sun shine, makes it rain
You just get what they put in
And they never put in enough
Love is like a bottle of gin
But a bottle of gin is not like love


Lyrics submitted by Anne Arbour

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    General Commentgod damn this guy is a metaphor king
    barronson November 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWithout doubt, one of the most clever songs regarding lyrics ever written. This is a song that you need to listen to whilst reading the lyrics, and then once you've heard it and read the title again, go back and listen to it from the other perspective. That is, once from the point of view of love, then from the point of view as it being a bottle of gin. Then listen to it one more time when you understand both perspectives, and it is incredible. Absolute genius.
    tinderstickson February 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso much truth in that one...
    *Lady_Elvenhair*on June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is pure genius and that's all that can be said
    HyperGlitteron April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed.
    kcsongbirdon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorites. great words. :)
    JimmieNeverDieson October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSums it up perfectly. I can't even comment on Stephin Merritt. Too much of a genuis.
    thejesstheoryon May 21, 2013   Link

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