"Build Me Up Buttercup" as written by Tony Macaulay and Michael David D'abo....
Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

"I'll be over at ten", you tell me time and again
But you're late, I wait around and then (bah-dah-dah)
I un to the door, I can't take any more
It's not you, you let me down again

(Hey, hey, hey!) Baby, baby, try to find
(Hey, hey, hey!) A little time and I'll make you mine
(Hey, hey, hey!) I'll be home
I'll be beside the phone waiting for you
Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

To you I'm a toy but I could be the boy you adore
If you'd just let me know (bah-dah-dah)
Although you're untrue, I'm attracted to you all the more
Why do I need you so

(Hey, hey, hey!) Baby, baby, try to find
(Hey, hey, hey!) A little time and I'll make you mine
(Hey, hey, hey!) I'll be home
I'll be beside the phone waiting for you
Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

I-I-I need you-oo-oo more than anyone, baby
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart


Lyrics submitted by Psychedeliasmith, edited by mahouse

Build Me Up Buttercup song meanings
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    General CommentThis is truly one of the awesome oldies that are meant to be turned up all the way. Not only to mask the peple that can't sing for crap and don't know the words, but also to fully enjoy the song itself. It's a great song for when you have the blues and it's my top pick when my parents are drivng in the car.
    SwiSS_StinkSon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's fun to sing along too.
    WeezerChicon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song from the movie 'There's something about Mary'. that movie was so funny, and i like this song now.
    hoon84leeon June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great for those who can enjoy a real song! it's basically how we feel when we want a certain someone to call or come over because you want to be with them... even though the other person has other things they want to do.. you are going to still love and adore the person that build you up!
    laxchix14on August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's at the end of 'There's someting about Mary' And ends the movie well! It's a song that's perfect for drunken karaoke!
    yumi50on December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my happy song! if im ever feeling down, i put this on, jump around the room like a complete idiot, and at the end of it, theres always a smile on my face! thank u foundations, for the most awesome, good mood song ever!
    torrance21on January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentme and my completely heterosexual friends break out into this song all the time. it's sad but fun.
    TheVinchenzoon March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a total kareoke winner! It reminds me of my boyfriend's habits sometimes though :(
    sire_of_black_eyesson August 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song and the cover by the Goops is damn good too.
    kmk_natashaon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, about loving someone but they just let you down and yet you keep loving them. My mates and I will just start singing it in lessons, best way of filling silence!
    quarter_past_threeon December 15, 2005   Link

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