Cupid de Locke

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"Cupid de Locke"
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedOctober 23, 1995
Studio sessions
Length2:50
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Flood, Alan Moulder, Billy Corgan

"Cupid de Locke" is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Featuring harp arpeggios, salt shakers, scissors, among other household items, it is an example of the rich diversity of instrumentation used on the album. It is among the furthest departures from the band's typical sound on the album.

Background[edit | edit source]

"Cupid de Locke" may refer to Matthew Locke, an English Baroque composer during the 17th century who scored a masque entitled Cupid and Death. In this story, Cupid and Death get their arrows mixed up which caused distress and humor to ensue.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

cupid hath pulled back his sweetheart's bow
to cast divine arrows into her soul
to grab her attention swift and quick
or morrow the marrow of her bones be thick
with turpentine kisses and mistaken blows
see the devil may do as the devil may care
he loves none sweeter as sweeter the dare
her mouth the mischief he doth seek
her heart the captive of which he speaks
so note all ye lovers in love with the sound
your world be shattered with nary a note
of one cupids arrow under your coat
and in the land of star crossed lovers
and barren hearted wanderers
forever lost in forsaken missives and satan's pull
we seek the unseekable and we speak the unspeakable
our hopes dead gathering dust to dust
in faith, in compassion, and in love

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessDisc one – Dawn to DuskStudio
The Aeroplane Flies High2013 Reissue CD 3: ZeroCompilation
Live Smashing PumpkinsLive

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External links[edit | edit source]