Sheila Can Do (It)

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"Sheila Can Do It"
by Rivers Cuomo
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 218
Status live bootleg circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
(RC# 217)
"Sheila Can Do [It]"
(RC# 218)
"Sunshine O"
(RC# 219)

Sheila Can Do It is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 1996 and performed at Homie shows in 1997. An earlier draft of the lyrics, likely entitled "Rachel Can Do It" (given the name "Rachel" appears in place of "Sheila"), is featured in The Pinkerton Diaries.

During a Homie performance of the song at The Middle East in Boston, a woman exclaimed “That’s me!” upon Cuomo’s announcement of the song title. During this performance at TT & The Bear’s a few weeks later, Cuomo asks if the same Sheila is there (she wasn’t).


If Sheila can do it
I can do it
I don’t see the problem with that
She is my other
A sister to a brother
And look at the thing that she’s done
She looks like she’s havin’ fun
And I don’t see the problem with that

Well she’s shaving her legs and she’s feelin’ all right
She’s puttin’ on jeans of the type that are tight
She’s gettin’ herself ready to take on the night
So come on, come on

Man, if you’d seen this girl about two years ago
Seen her then and seen her now
I swear you’d never know
That who you was seein’ was the same pistachio
Oh come on, come on

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