I'll Kiss You
Cyndi Lauper Lyrics


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Went down to the local gypsy
And I handed her the same line
You know what I want from you
So honey won't ya gimme number nine
'Cause you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby how I think you're pretty smart
But one sip from this bottle and I'll tear you all apart

The gypsy told me that the first thing
That would happen you'd get dizzy
Second thing you better make sure
That your boyfriend isn't busy
'Cause you won't want to eat
And you won't want to drink
You won't want to talk
And you won't want to think
My mother used to tell me not to kiss on this first date
This time when I see you, you know I ain't gonna wait!

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

Hopped into a taxi, told the driver
Got to get me cross town
Killed the bottle, started seeing double
When the driver turned around
And though I was a failure with love potion number eight
Number nine was different and the hour's getting late
Now I'm standing on the corner
Everyone looks great to me
And if you come and get me take me where I want to be

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

'Cause you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby how I think you're pretty smart
But one sip from this bottle and I'll tear you all apart

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

Oh you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby oh
I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you
Oh twidely dee and twidely dumb
I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you
Oh I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
I was a failure with love potion number eight
But number nine was different and the hour's getting late
I kiss you, I kiss you




I don't want to talk and I don't want to sleep
I kiss you, I kiss you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Cyndi Lauper’s “I’ll Kiss You” revolve around a love potion that the singer has taken from a local gypsy, which affects them in such a way that they end up desperately wanting to kiss the person they are interested in. The singer has taken love potion number eight before and did not succeed, but they are willing to give love potion number nine, which they claim is different, a go. The singer expresses that they are feeling unwell, which is the reason why they have resorted to this love potion. They convey a sense of urgency in their actions, as they plan to corner the person they want to kiss and not let them go. The singer’s desires are so strong at this point that they are willing to disregard their mother’s advice about not kissing on the first date.


The gypsy that the singer visits seems to know what the love potion entails, as they warn the singer that they will feel dizzy and that they should make sure that their boyfriend is not busy. The singer is warned that they will not feel like talking or thinking; they will only want to kiss. The second verse describes how the potion affects the singer as they are in a taxi, seeing double, and unable to think clearly.


The chorus, which repeats the phrase “I’ll kiss you,” emphasizes the singer’s determination to kiss the person they desire. The last verse repeats some of the earlier lyrics, adding a sense of urgency, as the singer’s feelings of unwellness seem to have intensified at this point. They do not want to talk or think; they only want to kiss.


Line by Line Meaning

Went down to the local gypsy
I visited the fortune teller nearby


And I handed her the same line
I gave her the familiar plea to give me love potion number nine


You know what I want from you
I think you know what I'm here for


So honey won't ya gimme number nine
Would you please give me love potion number nine?


'Cause you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
I haven't been feeling myself lately


Last time she gave me love potion number eight
The last time I got a love potion, it was number eight


And you know pretty baby how I think you're pretty smart
You're intelligent, my dear


But one sip from this bottle and I'll tear you all apart
However, if you take love potion number nine, I may not be able to control myself


The gypsy told me that the first thing
The fortune teller warned me that the first effect of the potion would be dizziness


That would happen you'd get dizzy
You will experience dizziness, according to her


Second thing you better make sure
Another thing she told me was to be careful


That your boyfriend isn't busy
Make sure your partner isn't occupied


Cause you won't want to eat
You will lose your appetite


And you won't want to drink
You will also avoid drinking fluids


You won't want to talk
You'll be too consumed to speak


And you won't want to think
Furthermore, you will struggle to engage in intellectual activities


My mother used to tell me not to kiss on this first date
My mother always advised me not to kiss on the first date


This time when I see you, you know I ain't gonna wait!
But this time, I won't be able to resist kissing you right away


I'll kiss you
I will kiss you


Gonna corner you and not let you go
I will hold you in a tight embrace


Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Please don't tell me anything I wouldn't like to hear


Twidely dee and twidely dumb
Nonsense words to express my affection


Hopped into a taxi, told the driver
I jumped into a cab and instructed the driver to take me to another location


Got to get me cross town
I need to get across the city


Killed the bottle, started seeing double
I finished off the bottle of potion and started having double vision


When the driver turned around
As I looked up, the driver turned his head to face me


And though I was a failure with love potion number eight
Despite not having success with love potion number eight


Number nine was different and the hour's getting late
I had a good feeling about love potion number nine and it was getting late


Now I'm standing on the corner
I am now standing on a street corner


Everyone looks great to me
All of the people around me look amazing


And if you come and get me take me where I want to be
If you come and find me, take me where I desire to be


I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
I don't want to converse or reflect


Oh twidely dee and twidely dumb
More nonsensical expressions of love


Oh I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
Once again, I don't want to talk or think


I was a failure with love potion number eight
I had no luck with love potion number eight


But number nine was different and the hour's getting late
However, number nine was a unique case, and time is running out


I kiss you, I kiss you
I will kiss you multiple times


I don't want to talk and I don't want to sleep
Talking and sleeping are not my priorities right now




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: CYNDI LAUPER, SHEAR

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@kristinadoliscar6471

Went down to the local gypsy
And I handed her the same line
You know what I want from you
So honey won't ya gimme number nine
'Cause you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby how I think you're pretty smart
But one sip from this bottle and I'll tear you all apart

The gypsy told me that the first thing
That would happen you'd get dizzy
Second thing you better make sure
That your boyfriend isn't busy
'Cause you won't want to eat
And you won't want to drink
You won't want to talk
And you won't want to think
My mother used to tell me not to kiss on this first date
This time when I see you, you know I ain't gonna wait!

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

Hopped into a taxi, told the driver
Got to get me cross town
Killed the bottle, started seeing double
When the driver turned around
And though I was a failure with love potion number eight
Number nine was different and the hour's getting late
Now I'm standing on the corner
Everyone looks great to me
And if you come and get me take me where I want to be

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

'Cause you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby how I think you're pretty smart
But one sip from this bottle and I'll tear you all apart

I'll kiss you
Gonna corner you and not let you go
I'll kiss you
Don't tell me nothing I don't want to know
Twidely dee and twidely dumb
I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you, I'll kiss you

Oh you know lately I ain't feelin' so great
Last time she gave me love potion number eight
And you know pretty baby oh
I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you
Oh twidely dee and twidely dumb
I kiss you, I kiss you, I kiss you
Oh I don't want to talk and I don't want to think
I was a failure with love potion number eight
But number nine was different and the hour's getting late
I kiss you, I kiss you
I don't want to talk and I don't want to sleep
I kiss you, I kiss you



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@Earthcrosser

Can't believe this album was 41 years old! Bought this 40 years ago and this was one of the songs that I loved. :D

@ZannCarter

I, too, bought this back then. The whole album - perfection!!

@Jonsey_edit_cat

Anyone here 2024?🎉🎉🎉

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@fiona0595

Ahh memories ❤😃

@keyontedollison8547

Happy Valentine Day Cyndi💖💕💖💕💖💕💖💕

@shawnknight2854

💋 Happy Valentines Day Cyndi Lauper 📺🇺🇸

@macarthurradio

Those '80s arcade analog synths and the arpeggios are still so good, top tier production

@vincevicentuan5962

This record still gives me that same excitement I had when I first experienced this almost 4 decades ago.

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She jam❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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