Loving Cup

Written by L. Buckingham

Faces of liars, faces of glass Walk on the wire but they won't get past Hold me, baby, now, don't let go Save each other From a world of woe I want you, darlin' I want you right now Come to me, baby We'll show each other how You are the object of my desire Open your mouth and put out the fire You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup Resurrection of original sin Calls to me on the midnight wind You are the object of my desire Open your mouth Put out the fire You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup Woah.... Woah.... You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup You and me, you and me We've got the magic, don't you see We fall down, we get hurt We get up and take a drink From the loving cup


WEBMISTRESS speculates:

This rockin' song is about using sex to fix problems (like Second Hand News). The beginning guitar part sounds somewhat like Big Love to me. The first part begins talking about all the hypocrites, "liars," and people with blank "faces of glass" who may try to make it but they "won't get past." I'm not sure what the context of these statements means with regard to the rest of the song - maybe his lover is one of those hypocrites?

The chorus goes into the main theme of sex straightening out what else is wrong - they've "got the magic" sexually and even after they "fall down" for other reasons they can "get up" using that "loving cup." I believe the second verse is talking about the intense physical attraction that keeps this relationship going. It may be wrong, like "original sin" (perhaps he uses the term "original sin" with regard to sex because after the original sin of disobedience a la the apple, Adam and Eve realized their nakedness, and Lindsey wants to get naked with his woman. Then again, maybe he just thought it sounded cool - and indeed it does!)

However, despite the fact the attraction may not be the best thing for him, he can't fight it - he desires her and all he wants is for her to "open her mouth and put out the fire." I'll let everyone decide for themselves just what exactly Lindsey wants her to do with her mouth! The rest of the song is Lindsey repeating the chorus - why can't they use that "magic" solution to fix their problems, even if only for a little while? He thinks it's a great idea!

This song is so similar to Second Hand News in theme that I think if he wasn't referring to Stevie but instead to Carol, Lindsey was repeating some destructive patterns in his relationships! Ah, but one definition of insanity is repeating the exact same actions and expecting different results, so this fits the bent of the album!


DW speculates:

Many of the songs on Go Insane were written after Lindsey already ended the relationship with Carol or when he was coming to the realization that it just wasn’t going to work out. But I think this one was written when he still held out the hope that there was a chance for them ("You and me/you and me/We’ve got the magic/ Don’t you see?"). He’s reminding her of the "magic" that has existed between them in the hopes that she won’t continue to destroy herself and throw it all away. He runs the gamut from making the most sweeping romantic statements of woo ("we can save each other") to referencing the directly sexual ways they satisfy each other’s desires in his attempts to connect and get through to her. He tries to remind her of how good they are together, but also how much HE wants HER. Perhaps this was Lindsey’s way of saying, "If you can’t do this for you, then knowing how much I love and want you, maybe you can do it for me?" He believes there’s got to be something that he can say, something to prove to her how much he wants her that will compel her to get help and keep their "magic" alive.

Ultimately, he believed when he wrote it, that they could get through their difficulties if they stuck together. No doubt they'd been through a few things before but always found a way back to each other and were, perhaps, stronger for it. He thought that could happen again – "we fall down/we get hurt/we take a drink from the loving cup." Sadly for Lindsey, he was to learn all too well that he was in competition with an addiction and that simply isn’t a level playing field.

As an aside, the "faces of liars, faces of glass" line is one that I’m not sure I understand in this song. It’s a line that he’s used in three songs from entirely different eras in his career. It’s such a specific image that it must mean something very powerful to him. I wish I knew what it was.


SHARON speculates:

This is just one of my favorite tunes to pump up real loud in the car! I just love it!

I think Lindsey is referring to the "Loving Cup" as in a reward, or a prize. He and Stevie worked hard and "gave up everything for this" as they have both said. They got their fame and fortune, their "prize," but they are not able to completely enjoy it because they lost each other along the way.

I feel they did get together sexually from time to time after they officially split up. Their trysts were fueled by a lot of things, the excitement of the shows, the energy from the fans, the power of their lyrics when sung back and forth, the raw beauty of Lindsey's guitar playing, the drugs and alcohol, the sheer naughtiness of forbidden fruit, but mostly by the intense sexual attraction they have for each other. It is not a huge stretch to conclude that Stevie and Lindsey like their lovin' to be a little edgy, and they each seem to have the "magic" it takes to put the other one right over the top! Being on tour has been described by Stevie as being somewhat otherworldly, like they could break all the rules and never have to pay the piper. It wasn't like living in the real world to them. This environment was a rich breeding ground for all kinds of clandestine activity. Relationships with others could be suspended until the tour was over and they came crashing back to reality. I am sure this type of activity with it's roller-coaster emotions is what made Lindsey feel like he was losing his mind for a little while, hence the inclusion of this song on the "Go Insane" album.

In the midst of this touring craziness, he would covertly invite Stevie to be with him, to forget about the outside world....all those hypocrites and liars with "faces of glass". They "walk on the wire and they won't get past" because when the energy builds and begins to climax, you can just shut everything else out, no one can penetrate their world. He wants her to "hold me, now, baby, don't let go" because he just wants to get lost in her, get lost in the feelings she gives him. "Save ourselves from a world of woe" is him saying, "Let's just forget about all the problems and have a good shag...that's all I want to think about right now."

"You are the object of my desire," is pretty obvious. He goes for Stevie in a big way and always has. If he can't have the real thing, he pacifies himself with an imitation as history has shown! "Open your mouth and put out the fire" is too hot for even me to touch, but you know, this is something that could have easily occured anywhere.......especially knowing Lindsey's penchant for going commando in the Mirage era. Whatever he was talking about, (and I think we all know!) he liked it, and he urgently wanted her to do it.

This is a continuing theme with Lindsey, using sex to make himself feel better temporarily, like a drug. I really think he and Stevie had some very addictive behaviour towards each other that could often be destructive because they wouldn't or couldn't get out from between the sheets long enough to have a real discussion and work anything out. "Resurrection of original sin" is most definitely being used in a sexual context here, and it also denotes a dredging up of something from the past.....something that might not necessarily be good, but he wants it anyway. It "calls to me on the midnight wind" puts me in mind of the lines from "Rhiannon", "take me like the wind, child, take me to the sky", which was also sexual. Stevie wrote that when she was still with Lindsey, and I think when she says "take me like the wind", that is just what she means, especially since she follows it with that very adamant "take me, now". Lindsey can hear her and almost smell her on the wind, and he wants to answer the call.

I get the feeling HE feels very strongly they ought to at least get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, their prize, or "Loving Cup" together once in a while, so overall, the basic gist of this song is this:

I'm worked up, I want you, we've worked hard for this, let's enjoy the spoils......together.
Nobody does it like us, we're magic on stage, everyone knows it, we know
it...so let's indulge in each other for a bit, share a little of that magic with each other.
Why should we only give it to others? It is ours, and ours alone!
What's the problem? It's ok because we're encased in this world right now
where all bets are off...there are no rules.
We may regret this later, but right now.......ohhh baby it feels so good I
don't want to stop!
We'll always have this, no matter what.

Lindsey is so good when he's bad! I see why Stevie can't resist him!


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