Love Love Love

May 29, 2007 at 8:14 am (grand gesture, hope, inspired by, Love, love relationships dating, Music, personal, Poetry, reconnecting, romance, Song lyrics) (, , , , , , , , , )

King Saul fell on his sword
when it all went wrong
and Joseph’s brother sold him down the river
for a song
and Sonny Liston rubbed some tigerbalm
into his glove
some things you do for money
and some you do for love love love

Raskalnikov felt sick
but he couldn’t say why
when he saw his face reflected
in his victim’s twinkling eye
some things you do for money
and some you’ll do for fun
but the things you do for love
are gonna come back to you one by one

love love is gonna lead you by the hand
into a white and soundless place
now we see things
as in a mirror dimly
then we shall see each other
face to face

and way out in Seattle
young Kurt Cobain
snuck out to the greenhouse
put a bullet in his brain
snakes in the grass beneath our feet
rain in the clouds above
some moments last forever
and some flare out with love love love

John Darnielle ~The Mountain Goats

Album: Sunset Tree

When asked about this song in an interview on NPR John had this to say.

“the point of the song is we are very well damaged by the legacy of the romantic poet, that we think of love as a thing that is with strings and is this force for good and then if something bad happens thats not love…I don’t know so much about that, I don’t know that the Greeks weren’t right, I think that they were, that love can beat a path through everything, that it will destroy a lot of things on the way to its objective which is just its expression of itself. You know my stepfather mistreated us terribly quite often, but he loved us and well, that to me is something worth commenting on in the hopes of undoing a lot of what I perceive is terrible damage, yet we talk about love as this benign comfortable force: it is wild.”

analyzing the song.

King Saul commits suicide in the books of Samuel in the bible.

Sonny Liston was said to use tiger balm when he was losing a fight to blind his opponent.

Raskalnikov was a character in crime and punishment.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12

I believe this song is about how love is a driving force in many things bad and good. Love isn’t some hunky dorey, warm, fuzzy force…it’s so powerful that it can destroy and cause harm in its expression, so to speak. People do horrible things all for love, say horrible things when they fear their love is betrayed. It kind of boils down to the song being about fate, and about how even in the horrible things that happen there is a force of love in the world, whatever we believe that force to be. It also gives the hope that someday we’ll understand what this force is and know why we went through those hard times on earth.

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