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Cough Syrup
Cough Syrup Blaine
Album: Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Three
Released: February 21, 2012
By: Young the Giant
Sung by: Blaine Anderson
Place: The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion
Episode: On My Way

Cough Syrup by Young the Giant is featured in On My Way, the fourteenth episode of Season Three. It is sung by Blaine. He sings it in the auditorium to Kurt as he thinks he has an idea of what to perform at Regionals to fit the theme of 'inspiration'.

The performance is intercut with a scene in which Karofsky is being bullied at his school for his homosexuality. When he arrives home, he discovers that the bullying is continuing online. He suffers an emotional breakdown and prepares to hang himself, but his father finds him just in time, unconscious but alive, narrowly preventing his suicide attempt.

Lyrics

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Blaine:
Life's too short to even care at all, oh woah oh,
I'm losin' my mind, losin' my mind, losin' control
oh oh,
These fishes in the sea, they're staring at me woah oh,
Oh oh oh oh,
A wet world aches for a beat of a drum,
Woah Oh

If I could find a way to see this straight
I'd run away
To some fortune that I, I should have found by now
I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down

Life's too short to even care at all oh woah
I'm coming up now, coming up now, out of the blue oh
These zombies in the park, they're looking for my heart
Oh oh oh oh
A dark world aches for a splash of the sun oh oh

If I could find a way to see this straight
I'd run away
To some fortune that I, I should have found by now

And so I run now to the things they said could restore me,
Restore life the way it should be
I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down

Life's too short to even care at all oh
I'm losing my mind, losing my mind, losing control

If I could find a way to see this straight
I'd run away
To some fortune that I, I should have found by now

And so I run now to the things they said could restore me,
Restore life the way it should be
I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down

One more spoon of cough syrup now, oh woah
One more spoon of cough syrup now, oh woah oh oh

Trivia

  • Max Adler said about the song: "Darren and I are great friends; he killed the song in my opinion. I enjoy listening to that more than Young the Giant's version. I listened to it when I got the script and I thought it was so brilliant. I loved Ryan Murphy from Nip/Tuck because of these kind of scenes where he'd play some amazing song that would inter-cut with an emotional scene. I thought this song was perfect, where it's not too sad or depressing of a song that is forcing the way you think, but has that anger and rage to it that has a sense of something building and something mounting. Darren had emailed me the song the morning of shooting that scene, so I listened to it a few times in my trailer. I thought it was a brilliant performance on his part, and a brilliant choice on the writer's part." Source
  • YTG frontman Sameer Gadhia said about the meaning of the song on Glee: "I don't think we ever had the intent of the song... in such a serious scene. It's very, very intense, very, very impactful, and we most definitely empathized with that. All of us have been victims of bullying -- and been bullies at some point in time. It's something that hits everyone." Source
  • Young the Giant about the permission for Glee to use Cough Syrup: "Obviously there is that initial feeling of, "Oh yeah, it's Glee, and none of us watch Glee and there are some problems with that," he explains. "But at the end of the day I think we're happier people are watching something that's music-based. There's so much bulls*** on television. I mean, there's "Jersey Shore," y'know? With Glee, there are a lot of people that it really strikes a chord with and they feel emotional about it and it appeals to them enough to watch it every week. There's nothing we can say about that. We're open for all applications for the music...and just excited and gracious and happy that people want to use our stuff." Source

Gallery

Videos

Young the Giant - 04:10

Young the Giant - "Cough Syrup" (Official Video)

GLEE - Cough Syrup (Full Performance) (Official Music Video) HD02:39

GLEE - Cough Syrup (Full Performance) (Official Music Video) HD

Glee - Cough Syrup04:11

Glee - Cough Syrup

Glee - Cough Syrup (Acapella)02:28

Glee - Cough Syrup (Acapella)

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