Song of the Day #2,383: ‘Buttercup (Demo)’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_blessedThe deluxe edition of Lucinda William’s 2001 album, Blessed, was accompanied by a companion CD called The Kitchen Tapes. It features the same 12 songs, in the same order, but recorded as demos by Williams sitting in her kitchen with a guitar and a tape recorder.

Some of those songs ended up with similar acoustic treatments on the final album, but others (like today’s SOTD) became hard-edged rockers, highlighted by excellent supporting guitar work by Elvis Costello.

Hearing those harder tracks in this stripped-down style is special. A song like ‘Buttercup’ shifts from righteous anger to righteous sorrow. Both versions are powerful in their own way.

You talk about the junk you do
Like you talk about climbing trees
You live the life of a little kid
With bruises on your knees

You will never cop
To the damage that’s been done
You will never stop
‘Cause it’s too much fun

Now you want somebody
To be your buttercup
Good luck finding your buttercup

You already sucked me dry
Can’t do it anymore, honey
You roughed me up and made me cry
Now you wanna borrow money

You say you feel like a failure
And you wish you could take it all back
But honey, I gotta tell you
It’s a little too late for that

Now you want somebody
To be your buttercup
Good luck finding your buttercup

One reason after the other
You’re always feeling sad
Maybe you couldn’t talk to your mother
Or stand up to your dad

You want my forgiveness
And that I will give to you
But you got yourself into this mess
And there’s nothing I can do

Now you want somebody
To be your buttercup
Good luck finding your buttercup

The first time I saw you
You made me melt
The last time I saw you
You hit below the belt

You might have a beautiful mouth
You might have beautiful eyes
But sooner or later it all goes south
When you tell too many lies

Now you want somebody
To be your buttercup
Good luck finding your buttercup

Good luck finding your buttercup
Good luck finding your buttercup

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,383: ‘Buttercup (Demo)’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    It’s nice that some artists are willing to put these types of demos out there.

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