Cupid (original lyrics)


Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, for me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me

Now, I don’t mean to bother you but I’m in distress
There’s danger of me losing all of my happiness
For I love a girl who doesn’t know I exist
And this you can fix

So Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me

Now, Cupid, if your arrow make her love strong for me
I promise I will love her until eternity
I know between the two of us, her heart we can steel
Help me if you will

So, Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me


Words and music by Sam Cooke
©1957 ABKO Music
Original recording by Sam Cooke 1961



Sam Cooke’s biggest hits were ‘Chain Gang’, ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘You Send Me’. He also wrote ‘Bring It On Home to Me’ and ‘Only Sixteen’.
He was shot dead in December 1964 by motel manager Bertha Franklin, after a guest had complained that Cooke had assaulted her. The case was never properly investigated, and Franklin was freed.


No official release by Tom Waits


Live versions available on these bootlegs: