March 29, 2015 · This American Life Ralph Covert Superpowers Francais Sam Cooke Batman Chelsea Manchester United

Cupid

All of my previous encounters
With girls in sundresses and practical shoes
Ended prematurely with a walk through a museum
Coffee shop coffee and the driving home blues

If I had to pick just one superpower[1]
I wouldn't choose flight or a bottomless purse
Girls in sundresses already keep their distance
Turning invisible could only make it worse

Let me be endowed with the powers of Cupid
It's not so stupid, think of all that I could do
Nudge the cheerleader a little closer to the new kid
Batman and the Joker on a bicycle for two

Jeune fille walking by the Seine in a sundress[2]
A well placed arrow with a pheromone tip
Would it be unethical, would it be immoral
To turn her gaze to me with a quiver in my grip?

If Sam Cooke were to write me a letter
Begging for assistance[3] with a problem I could fix
I would have to spend some time debating my dilemma
Would he stop singing once the chemistry clicks?

My sidekick scientist would help me make improvements
Trade out my bow for a double bandolier
Blue state, red state, Moses and Mohammed
Manchester United taking Chelsea for a beer

Let me be endowed with the powers of Cupid
It's not so stupid, think of all that I could do
Nudge the cheerleader a little closer to the new kid
Putin and Obama on a bicycle for two[4]


  1. TAL episode #178. ↩︎

  2. An obvious hommage to RC's Jeune Fille in a White Sundress ↩︎

  3. Really, does Sam Cooke need any help in this department? ↩︎

  4. Putin: I ride in front.
    Obama: no, I ride in front. ↩︎