Sucker love is heaven sent
You pucker up our passion's spent
My heart's a tart your body's rent
My body's broken, yours is spent

Carve your name into my arm
Instead of stressed I lie here charmed
'Cause there's nothing else to do
Every me and every you

Sucker love a box I choose
No other box I choose to use
Another love I would abuse
No circumstances could excuse

In the shape of things to come
Too much poison come undone
'Cause there's nothing else to do
Every me and every you
Every me and every you
Every me

Sucker love is known to swing
Prone to cling and waste these things
Pucker up for heaven's sake
There's never been so much at stake

I serve my head up on a plate
It's only comfort, calling late
'Cause there's nothing else to do
Every me and every you
Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me

Like the naked leads the blind
I know I'm selfish, I'm unkind
Sucker love I always find
Someone to bruise and leave behind

All alone in space and time
There's nothing here but what here's mine
Something borrowed, something blue
Every me and every you
Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me

Every me and every you
Every me


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  • +24
    General CommentThis is one song you don't want to dedicate to someone you love, despite the seemingly adoring lyrics. This "sucker love" is infatuation mixed with lust, a kind of immature love you feel when you're desperate and alone..

    You'd do anything for it [carve your name into my arm; instead of stressed, I lie here charmed] because you believe in it so much, even go as far to sacrifice yourself after a fight to make things better [i serve my head up on a plate; it's only comfort, calling late].

    And maybe, maybe you know that this love is sick, paper-thin, and only here to make you feel better.. but you don't care, because you know this is all that could work [sucker love, a box I choose, no other box I choose to use - another love I would abuse].

    The love you feel makes you feel better [my heart's a tart, your body's rent], fills you up, makes you feel alive again [all alone in space and time, there's nothing here but what here's mine, something borrowed, something blue].

    It's a damn awesome song. But it's nothing to go dedicate to a lover.
    pragmaticpoetryon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +11
    General CommentI agree with pragmaticpoetry in their interpretations of the lyrics that they chose, but not in the conclusion to be pulled from it.

    I think this song is about how destructive relationships are romanticized in our society. For example Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers encourages all the factors of an abusive relationship, intimidation, force, posessiveness... "Sucker love I always find, Someone to bruise and leave behind" could be interpreted as the normality with which people hurt their partners, as if it were an inevitable part of a relationship.

    Our society encourages relationships formed purely to drive away loneliness and feel like somebody cares, rather than out of love for that specific person.
    Every you and every me mocks this concept, for example "pucker up for heaven's sake, there's never been so much at stake" questions the importance of looks in partner selection, as if it were the most important thing in the world, which is what the media claims. I've picked apart a clearasil, axe and another advert for teeth whitening procedures (cannot remember the brand) and the message really relates to that song lyric.
    "if you don't get rid of those pimples you'll never get the girls"
    "this deodorant is like a magnet for girls"
    "your wedding can only be perfect if your smile is white enough"

    On the topic of weddings, "something borrowed, something blue", rather than a cute comment on being together forever is the mockery of all these traditions that are followed in the ceremony to prove to your partner that in 3 years you'll still care for them.

    It's a beautiful song, in its own way.
    joolsjoolson June 11, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAnother obvious one. He's talking about being the type of person that will find someone to fuck and even as the other party becomes obsessed, he can get by without being scathed whatsoever. It's a song about being callous in affairs of love. That's why it was a fit for Cruel Intentions and that's all it means. Not that complicated folks. It's talking about using the opposite sex for whatever reason it might happen.
    BuckWilderon March 26, 2006   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionI'm surprised that nobody caught the Doctor Who reference within the lyrics.

    "Sucker lover box I choose,"
    "No other box I choose to use," and
    "Something borrowed, something blue" all refer to the TARDIS.

    "All alone in space and time
    There's nothing here and what here's mine" refers to The Doctor being a Time Lord and having nothing other than occasional companions. What he does have for himself is the TARDIS, which he "borrowed" from a factory and without the TARDIS there would be no real purpose to his existence.
    HanuciaKolaczovaon November 14, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationLiterally interpreting it would be like that, but what is great about placebo is that their songs are open to the meaning one can give them. I also see drugs, s-m, prostitution, loveless and destructive relationships, self cutting, unrequited love, and so on, it's up to the listener. For me none of these things (right now) make much sense really, I think it's about one night stands, being the 'me' and the 'you' the example of people who do it, when they are only two scared ones who want to be loved (even for one night) and think that through sex can find the love they lack but end up disappointed and alone 'cause the only thing that seemed to be ''a feeling'' has gone after a moment…
    Obviously it doesn’t fit much with the lyrics but it’s just what I think of when I listen to it.

    ps: I'm sorry about my english ;)
    mymedson April 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti've always thought this song has to do with a somewhat abusive relationship, where the person can't seem to find any other love except this one, and while its abusive they love them a lot "Sucker love, a box I choose. No other box I choose to use. Another love I would abuse" but, just my two cents worth
    xxkrash182xxon October 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI know I'm not the only person who has thought of this.

    Is anyone pulling a Doctor Who motif out of this?
    I doubt that is what Brian intended to do (then again, maybe he would) but every down to "The Box I choose" "Sucker love I always find, Someone to bruise and leave behind" and "All alone in space and time
    There's nothing here but what here's here's mine" seems to line up.

    I know it's silly, but it made me giggle.
    ExsRAUSon July 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI´ve read some interpretations, and eventhough I once agreed with the interpretation of a destructive relationship... now that I´m older and have experienced more relationships I do think is a love song. It´s very cynical and melodramatic, but... that is Placebo

    Sucker love is heaven sent -- I think "sucker love" is just a cynical name for "love" or "being inlove", also "heaven sent" gives me the idea that this relationship is new... so it cannot be abusive o destructive in any kind, cause is just starting.

    You pucker up, our passion's spent -- this refers to both of them being through many relationships and finding it difficult to start again.
    My heart's a tart, your body's rent --
    My body's broken, yours is bent -- this is basically saying they´re both fucked up, but because previous experiences,

    Carve your name into my arm
    Instead of stressed I lie here charmed. - I think these two lines are what sold it to me as a love song. I think that Brian (an artist) is always affraid to belong to someone, or of people knowing he is a relationship... or didn´t like that idea, but in this new relationship he seems to like it. He wants this person in his skin marked forever and people knowing that he belongs to someone else.
    Cuz there's nothing else to do -- my interpretation is that they are in love again and there´s nothing else to do... they want to be together
    Every me and every you -- and this line for me is the definition of "true love" they are the same, they are both fucked up, and have suffered and maybe are bad people, but that is why they belong together.

    Sucker love, a box I choose --
    No other box I choose to use -- maybe the box of pandora, like the destruction of everything he believed in and that was his life, but now he chooses to change, because he is in love.
    Another love I would abuse --
    No circumstances could excuse -- I think that he sees himself as an abuser, but in part because he has never found an equal. but now he does. he found someone he can´t abuse. Also, being a "rockstar" you can always abuse of people´s love...and you do it... because you can.... but now he found his match.

    In the shape of things to come --
    Too much poison come undone -- Again, they are fucked up right now, but being together is healing them. So, he sees himself to be okay in the future.
    Cuz there's nothing else to do --
    Every me and every you --
    Every me --

    Sucker love is known to swing -- I don´t know why, but I have the feeling that he is talking about the other person, that is know for being a cheater and stuff
    Prone to cling and waste these things -- and also for taking advantage of others and don´t appreciate the love of others. This lines I think that make a lot of sense when we interpret than Brian sees himself as and abuser and then finds his match... another abuser. but together.... they are just happy. they are the same.
    Pucker up for heaven's sake --
    There's never been so much at stake -- it´s the first time that he has felt like this for someone. For trusting this person, who is just like him, he could really get his heart broken.

    I serve my head up on a plate -- a reference to falling in love, giving himself to this person.
    It's only comfort, calling late -- it´s something he has always wanted to do, but never found to whom to surrender.

    Like the naked leads the blind --
    I know I'm selfish, I'm unkind -- He is describing himself, a bad person ( I think is being very melodramatic) and also maybe how people or society has made him feel about himself. but also "naked leads the blind" he always falls for people he can control or surrounds himself of people he can control/abuse. (But this person is different of course)
    Sucker love I always find --
    Someone to bruise and leave behind -- the same idea here, I don´t think he is talking about his past love relationships, he is talking about all relationships (family, friends, fans, lovers, etc) he uses everyone... and this is some sort of heads up.

    All alone in space and time --
    There's nothing here, but what here's mine-- I truly think of Brian as a genius and true artist, and I think that (being an artist myself) that he is in eternal loneliness. This is how he has always felt... and believes will always feel; and what he has built with his art (his songs) is his, but he seems to see his songs as nothing too.
    Something borrowed, something blue -- a very radical change, but a beautiful contrast, I do get this as the tradition of a wedding. so... after describing their new love and being well aware of the risk (the part of "sucker love is known to swing") and warning the other person of how his life is... (we should get married then) and the end i do think they are both known to abuse and to be cheaters and stuff...
    Every me and every you -- And this phrase again, he was found an equal and that is why he wants to stay with this person....

    I do believe it´s a true love song, but about two very dark characters... and well, Brian being such an amazing and unique artist writes about it in a very crude way. But very real, and I believe the only kind of love he thinks can make him happy... with someone who is just like him.
    Borjaon November 24, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAllStarMe - is that because you witnessed the powerful talents of Appleyard skating to it on Sorry and hearing the song makes you want to skate like that? I heard this song on Cruel Intentions first and listened to it a bit at the time, now I listen to it again with the Flip vid bringing it back to my attention - great song but I can't really say I'm into Placebo that much.
    SaveMeFromon July 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSucker love is heaven sent -- Maybe an element of sarcasm there
    You pucker up, our passion's spent -- Before things even begin it's gone. Like, you're just getting ready to kiss me, and there's just nothing there... No reason, no point, no attraction. (Or I've had you so many times that there's nothing to it anymore)
    My heart's a tart, your body's rent -- I've been emotionally around the block, while you've been around physically
    My body's broken, yours is bent -- I can no longer properly function, while you have been used so many times you just retain the same form, you never change, never alter. Always the same.

    Carve your name into my arm -- Maybe trying to make the love permanent this time
    Instead of stressed, I lie here charmed -- self-defication leaves me feeling like I haven't a care in the world... instead of worrying about the relationship, I have this entrancing and euphoric outlook on things.
    Cuz there's nothing else to do -- After this experience, I'm doing all that I can
    Every me and every you -- We're the same in opposite ways

    Sucker love, a box I choose -- This is the kind of love I always find
    No other box I choose to use -- This is where I feel comfortable, this is the type of relationship I feel I need to be in.
    Another love I would abuse -- In an inherently healthy relationship, I would somehow screw it up.
    No circumstances could excuse -- That is an invariable outcome, so it's better if everything is screwed up to begin with

    In the shape of things to come -- The future is already taking form, it's already showing signs of every other relationship I've been in
    Too much poison come undone -- It eventually gets so bad that it falls apart
    Cuz there's nothing else to do -- I can't change the situation, so I won't try
    Every me and every you -- This is just the way we are
    Every me -- I am contributing more to the failure of this relationship than you are

    Sucker love is known to swing -- This love doesn't last, it moves on to the next one down the line.
    Prone to cling and waste these things -- I always become too attatched and ruin what it really is
    Pucker up for heaven's sake -- The passion is here in this moment
    There's never been so much at stake -- We have to take this opportunity before we lose it forever

    I serve my head up on a plate -- I'm telling you exactly what I'm thinking
    It's only comfort, calling late -- My level of comfort in this situation is the only thing that still doesn't exist.

    Like the naked leads the blind -- When you know you're enjoyed by something to an extent of annoyance, you go to those who can not recognize that trait
    I know I'm selfish, I'm unkind -- Kind of sarcastic in a way, like that's what he knows they think... I take advantage of you and then disappear... but that's not actually what I think I'm doing
    Sucker love I always find -- This kind of unhealthy and fake love is always at hand
    Someone to bruise and leave behind -- I find a new person, elude myself into believing I love them, and then brutally leave

    All alone in space and time -- In the end, I'm completely alone... I have no one.
    There's nothing here, but what here's mine? -- There's nothing here for me. Nothing I can find that satisfies what I need. But what can I take from this situation?
    Something borrowed, something blue -- All I really want is love
    Every me and every you -- This will just continue to happen


    Basically, the guy compulsively uses people, believing at the height of the moment that he's in love, but once all is said and done, realizes he's not, and continues his search for the next one down the line. The true sadness is that all he really wants is to actually find love, and that's the one thing he never gets. "All alone in space and time" The poor man is alone and... it's just absolutely tragic. This song is depressing. Great, but depressing. And he doesn't want to hurt these people. He just does. Because he's incapable of loving the type of people he's attracted to.

    That's my in depth proposal, at least...
    Twister8138on May 24, 2004   Link

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