What Love Songs Have Taught Me


Alright, the last post was very negative about a lot of things, including love. But what exactly “is” love? Love is such a vague term that even traditional philosophers have failed to come to a complete agreement about the definition. For me, though, the modern philosopher is the musician. As I said in my review of Love is Dead, I went combing through the lyrics of every song I owned, looking for lyrics about the concept of love itself. Whenever the word was used, I placed the line “love” appeared into a very large poem. The result is this absolute mess of an epic.

Love, no feeling can last forever
Love me last, don’t love me maybe
I’m someone you maybe might love
Maybe I’m too shy I need your love
And you said, maybe we don’t deserve love
And you deserve to be loved and you deserve what you have been given
Give me your heart, and I’ll give you my love
I got a very good friend who says he can’t believe the love I give
I got love for all your hate
Gave you my love, you gave me nothing
I know the love you gave feels cheap and used
But give me love over, love over, love over this
Oh my lover, my lover, my love
Love, love, love, love is just greed

Wait for your call, love
Waiting on love to call
Love is calling
Love is the answer and the one design
Call it true love
They call it reckless love
They don’t know what love is, know what love is
It could be love, I think you’re too soon to call us old
I’ll love you ‘til you call the cops on me
Your sisters loved you
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she called “love”
So tell me sweetheart, did they teach you all of this in a school, love?

It feels so good to have you back, my love
Love is hard, sex is easy
I know it’s hard enough to love me
And I’m trying hard to make you love me but I don’t wanna try too hard
How can I live with so much love?
So try to love me and I’ll try to save you
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
What’s the point of feeling love for you
Don’t hang your head, love should make you feel good
And my love is no good
Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home
And I love you, please come home

This love up down, please believe
Believe in love
And the wonders love can do
Love forever, love is free
Love until you bleed
So love is real like a disease
Loving life turned me insane
With the pain that you drain from love
Hurt the ones you love the most easily
But, mother, you knew, your love kept on hurting me
Some boys get too much, too much love, too much touch
Don’t think about love too much
I love you too, um, hope you’re doing well
Oh we couldn’t keep that love

I know that love is a terrible, terrible thing
I got a love that keeps me waiting
I got a lot to love I got a lot to lose
I was losing my mind because the love, the love
I love (but I love)
I don’t love you just because
I love the rip of nerves
I love it when you come over to my house
Yeah, I love my house
I love these roads where the houses don’t change (and I like you)
I love this country dearly
I love this feeling
I love you anyway

Once I had a love to show, a love they know
First they love you
Yeah they love you when they need you
And everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive
And they ask how I can love you, when all they see is this
Seeing me rolling, showing someone else love
It seems like our love is too maddening for everyone else
My love made them move, made
Oh my love, don’t be mad
I don’t know how this love should go
Love like ours should never die with years
But how love dies is a place that I’m not going
But you say, “Oh, when love is gone”
Tell me where you love without leaving at all, and I’ll go
There is no love lost here between us
The love I let in, it left me so lost
Fragments of a lost love
Love is lost, love can burn
You should stop loving fire because you got burned
You should’ve seen your little face, burning with love
I will crush my love, let it burn until I get to you
Our love is plastic

Month of May, everybody’s in love
We almost fell in love
I fell in love with a wind-up souvenir
Never fell in love cause I just cut loose
No, love’s not an answer, ‘til it ends up all loose
And I’m not trying to stop you love
If you could show me love
Show me love, fill my cup
I have none to show to the one I love
The one that I love most
The one who showed you love
Cause you’re the one I love
So let’s love for one song
So let’s love
So let’s set out to sea, love
So if you love someone, you should let them know
So do whatever you must, love, do whatever it must take
I will love what you want me to love

So hold on tight to everything you love
I can’t help but love thinking that everyone doesn’t get it
It’s how you think of love
I think I loved you most when we were in my galaxy
Do you think that you could learn to love me anyway?
I wanna learn to love in kind
That distant kind of love
She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar
What kind of man loves like this?
Who hates what he believes and loves it at the same time
I will remember the times when love would really glow
Real love, a thousand times more
But when you’re in love all the lines get blurred
Our love is underlined
Love and understand me, baby
We can’t make love when you fly around me baby
Baby, you know I’m loving you skintight
If you’re sick, baby girl I would love to be your doctor
But you’re gonna love me baby when you get to know me
You know I love you so
So, darling, if you love me
If you love me, won’t you let me know?

Yeah if you wanna find love, then you know where the city is
Are you in love with the city?
In the city that we love
I never found love in the city
Never thought love could be found
Love has found us
And I found love and fear won’t go
The only love I ever found
Love confound me
No contra to you, my love
The opposite of love’s indifference
To the weight of love
I’m just a prisoner in a reign of love
Words of love and words so leisured
World starts screaming words of love
But I love to read the words you use
A letter to my true love
Someone said true love was dead
Like my true love to feel some made up breeze
Love is the only thing left that’s true

Oh, Ophelia, Heaven help a fool who falls in love
You know God loves the sensitive ones
God I love the way you love yourself
Lie love, live love, lie love thy neighbor
You know I’m nothing without your love, no
Love you more than you know
Is that I love you so
Wish you knew I still love you and could control what I do
And we knew what it meant to be loved
It means that we’re in love and that’s enough now
But if love is enough, could you let it show?

You said our love was written in the stars
I said I love you, you said goodbye
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
And I said, give a little love
She said, “I’d love you to stay but that’s simply insane”
Why wait a minute to tell her I love
I said “I love you”
But when I say I love you, your silence covers me
I wish that I could have loved you then
Tell me you love me
Tell me was it enough when we were first in love to plant the seed and just leave
Say I’m cheapening your love
All this talk of love turns to noise
And in that love, the white noise of a shell
Don’t leave us not in love again

I say goodbye to love again
Goodbye girl, you know it’s only love
Then you turned to say you loved me
Always one foot out when you say goodbye to the ones that you love
By the ones you think you love
May you return to love one day

I love you
And I would love you
If it’s all forgotten love
This is how I show my love
Got loving on my mind
I’m just the sucker who let you fill her mind (but what about love?)
Falling in love filled my soul with fright
I was afraid of the love that you asked for
I’m scared to love what we love most
I’m too afraid to love you
He who taught me to love like a beast
Love like a sunset
With eternal love, stars above
I know it’s me who’s supposed to love you
But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life
We had time, we had love, we had everything
Back then this thing was running on momentum, love, and trust
There’s nothing to fear, now my love
Without your love, I’ll be
Strung up, strung out for your love
Only love can dig you out of this
Never out of love
My love would never
Oh come on love
Stay if you wanna love me, stay
I said, “Don’t fall in love with the moment”
We fall in love again

Wake up to fall in love
Love will wake us, love won’t break us
When we wake up you engulf me in your love
Your love, I suppose, is an ocean the ebb and flow, oh
And the love that I dreamt of
If you love me I can sleep
Sleeping in the clothes you love
It’s that ancient love
Our love was long so long
Our love is getting old
Our love has gone cold
Your other love is gone and you know
Your love is out

And love is blind
Trading in his blindness for the glow of love
Visions of our love pass right by me
But your jealousy is more blind than love
Your love is so loud
Open your eyes, love, you’ve got me crying
Why your love is such a mystery
The love that you give is such a familiar sound
The holy sound of our love
For loving and leaving, I secretly hear them
And the boys trip me up with their heads again, loving them
So start falling in love
She’s loving the smell in the air
You know I love to be in love
Who could love you in the way that you love you?

Remember me? Remember love?
I’ll love you just the same
My love keeps growin’ still the same
Let your love grow tall
We lift our love
If you give up your love now
If you get between someone I love and me
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
All this love of mine
All my love that I can’t hide
All I need is life, love with you
All we need is love
Love, we need it now
Now we sit in your car and our love is a ghost
Love is the coal
It’s a black, black shadow at the center of love

Is this the place we used to love?
Anywhere you are, my love
But how I’d love to go to Paris again
The only love I haven’t screwed up

It might be love
Someone like you could love a creep like me
I could’ve loved you longer
Yeah, you should be loving someone
And love me (Love me, yeah)
Yeah love’s got you holding on
Her baby’s got the loving arm
A loving hand and daring kiss
From dancing with the one I love
And you’ll never find love in an open hand
I love sex, and I love dancing
I love, I love, I love, I notice
Messy morsels of my self-assured love
Not loving all you see
When your love is right
When you’re too in love to let it go
When love is free
Secretly you love this, do you even wanna go free?
Free from a love that makes me run
Empty loving makes me seasick
Life is a drink, and love’s a drug
She’s in love, come on give it to her!
The chemicals that make her love
As the man she loved
He split his love until it stretches too thin
Deep in the haze of your love high

I sing of a greater love
Every song of love?
Singing how I’ve always loved you, darling, and I always will
The timid proof of things we’d hidden or always knew of love
I’ll be loving you always, always
Why you always wanna love the ones who hurt you?
Don’t wanna love, don’t wanna hurt
You wanted to love, but you didn’t know how
All you ever wanted was love
I wanna love you
To feel your love and never be afraid
I’ve never loved you

Do you love me?
I’m in love, love
I’m loving you
I loved you all
I wanted love
Love you back
Lay me down, love
Tell her you love her, too
You tease this love
For your love
Love was a currency
Give me your love
Give me, give me all your love
And give him all my love
Fall back in love eventually

My love for you is real, I
Nod my head so dumb with love
This is how love really feels
I feel so in love, but not with you
You know I couldn’t love
You don’t love me anymore
Like giving up on love too fast
Promised your love but you lied
Clouds covered love’s barb-wired snare
We tear up the happiness and throw away the love
We don’t care, we’re not caught up in your love affair
About the birds, the boats, the past loves that flew away or started sinking
This isn’t a perfect love
No such thing as ordinary, love
Love has always been a mockery
It’s not love but wait
You’re loving something of a Midas touch
Romantic and drenched in sin, love

This love was so strong it shoulda
This love’s for gentlemen only
That love was a scornful thing
You have loved, you have cared, you’ve been too good to me
But to outplay is not to love
It was for love and love only
Cause I love you dearly
This is full blown love
My love, my love, my love is cruel
But I’ve only loved one person through all
My mother’s love is choking me
But here with your love
Love in my heart is the battle
Should never destroy your love or hopes
With me you’re love-safe
Send my love down in those rays of light
See our love, it remains
I’ll whisper back my love for you
That I’m in love with you
I’m heavy on your love
My love’s behind you
Oh oh love don’t let me go

It was love at first sight
We were waiting on love
We’re common people, we’re common people in love
Long before I knew of love
But I’m alone and so in love
Let him love, the man of faith
That everyone I love is gonna leave me
Except life and the love you make
And you gotta love your way of life
And we can love for the sake of the little one
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I’ve been loving what I see you do at grad school
And this love has grown so restless
Love is not a veil to hide your voids
If we really love ourselves
How do you love somebody else?

Congratulations if you actually read all of that. In fact, congratulations if you even took the effort to scroll down to here. First, let me credit the true artists in this work. Each of the 360 or so lyrics included in this poem was by one of these bands: Arcade Fire, AWOLNATION, Bastille, The Black Keys, Bleachers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Broods, Catherine Warwick, Christine and the Queens, CHVRCHES, Coldplay, The Daylights, Echosmith, Florence + the Machine, Foals, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, fun., Gorillaz, Haim, In The Valley Below, Keane, The Killers, Lorde, The Lumineers, Metric, Metronomy, Michael Angelkos, Mika, Mumford & Sons, The Naked and Famous, Nona Reeves, OneRepublic, Passion Pit, Phoenix, RAC, Ryn Weaver, School of Seven Bells, Sonic R, Twenty One Pilots, Two Door Cinema Club, Wild Cub, The Wombats, The xx, Young the Giant, and The 1975.

Second, if you did actually read this, can you tell me what kind of conclusions can be made about love as according to modern musicians? I refuse to actually analyze the work I create. I only analyze other people’s work.

Third, yes, the process for this sucked and took forever. But I genuinely like pretty much every song I quoted here, so it was worth it. No, I did not listen to each song individually when compiling. I simply looked up the lyrics for each individual song and “control+f” for love. That said, I could sing you literally every line in this poem as it was sung in the context of its song. I am proud of my musical memory.

Fourth, love is not a real word any more.

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Making strained metaphors funny.
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2 Responses to What Love Songs Have Taught Me

  1. Hank Turner says:

    Impressive compilation!
    Love is real. And real.hard.

  2. This is fantastic! Love it (yeah!)….does anyone know what love is (Foreigner)…..

    A conclusion regarding love in light of all that our muses (musicians) say about it…. like all important things, maybe love’s a subjective changeling based on the feeler (not the receiver)….maybe it means connection, moving towards someone versus away from them, just a half step or more….I don’t know, but it sure makes life worth living.

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