Silly Love Songs

The last time i got on stage, there was a request for a love song.  Without batting an eye i launched into my favorite at the time – Laid (James).   The second verse makes my heart flutter:

     Moved out of the house, so you moved next door
     I locked you out, you cut a hole in the wall
     I found you sleeping next to me, I thought I was alone
     You’re driving me crazy, when are you coming home

Isn’t that beautiful?  There have been a few other instances where my interpretation of ‘love song’ has been questioned.  For example,  There is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths) has a lovely chorus:

     And if a double-decker bus
     Crashes into us
     To die by your side
     Is such a heavenly way to die
     And if a ten ton truck
     Kills the both of us
     To die by your side
     Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Now how sweet is that?  A bit fatalistic, perhaps, but a beautiful sentiment… 

Another favorite love song?  Walking After You (Foo Fighters – correction, thanks to The Girl).  Creepy?  Sure, but adorable nonetheless…

     If you walk out on me, I’m walking after you
     Another heart is cracked in two, I’m on your back

And there are more along these lines – all pointing to some common themes: 

Hot Monkey Love (Laid), I-Want-To-Bathe-In-Your-Blood Love (There Is  A Light) and Stalker Love (Walking After You)… 

Perhaps some professional therapy is in order after all…  Then again, i have the good sense to run screaming from a room if Beautiful Tonight is played.  Here’s an equation for a bad love song:

                   (Clapton) – (Cocaine) = (John Tesh)  

14 thoughts on “Silly Love Songs

  1. nm – wow! getting a little scary, but fun! i’m certainly no doppelganger – although i share your appreciation of leathers, silks and girl-hardware, it doesn’t look quite so nice on me!

  2. antibiotics take care of doppleganger, i’ve been told…a great line i love is from Dashboard Confessional song Hands Down “My hopes are so high that your kiss my kill me, so won’t you kill me, so i die happy.”

  3. I like the always popular ditty by a certain recently reunited band:

    Every breath you take,
    Every move you make,
    Every smile you fake,
    I’ll be watching you.

    The song goes on and on about stalking. Big fave. And the other love song I’ve enjoyed is by my old alt-rock faves, REM:

    This one goes out to the one I love.
    This one goes out to the one I left behind,
    A simple prop to occupy my time.
    This one goes out to the one I love.

    Cheers! Meow.

  4. tony – if there’s a chance that i share even a tiny bit of doppelganigsm with nm, then i don’t wanna be cured!

    empress – remember, it isn’t stalking until you drive by the house twice, right? miss you…

  5. i have the good sense to run screaming from a room if Beautiful Tonight is played

    Very sensible. Anyhow, all of Clapton’s ‘best’ songs aren’t his – they were written by JJ Cale and sound way better performed by him.

  6. Or the typically Clapton “Clapton is god” bullshit. I’m a bit of a blues baby as I spent ten years (aged 15-25) living with and knowing many blues musicians personally and also hearing, and sometimes meeting, the amazing artists that influenced them. And there is no way no day that Clapton is anything particularly special. Sure, he’s good. So are a lot of guitarists. It’s just that Clapton was more marketable.

    Yes, I liked Cream too. I also saw the Who perform live when I was about ten in Winnipeg. Can you believe they were actually the warm up act (along with the Blues Magoos) for Herman’s Hermits? Of course, being ten years old, I was there to see Herman. But in fact, I was very impressed by the Who smashing all their instruments, also loved the Blues Magoos electric suits!

  7. There is a Light is my all time favourite song! I saw Morrissey play it live in 2004, and was gutted when he didn’t play it in 2006. Hopefully he’ll bring it back for the 2008 tour…please… I love Laid too, especially the line about dressing up in women’s clothes.

    The worst stalking song – actually, just the worst song, plain and simple – has to be You’re Beautiful by James Blunt. It’s actually really creepy when you think about it..

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