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On Repeat: Book of Love

6 Oct

I have this thing where I will become obsessed with a song and listen to it on repeat until I learn all the words and it’s out of my system.  On one trip home to NY, I listened to Viva la Vida by Coldplay for 4 hours straight because that song has a lot of words, and it took me that long to memorize them all.

Over the weekend I did a wedding where the Bride picked the song Book of Love by Peter Gabriel for their first dance.  I’d never heard the song before, but immediately became obsessed.  The lyrics are:

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing

But I love it when you read to me
And you can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I love it when you sing to me
And you can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know
But I love it when you give me things
And you ought to give me wedding rings
And I love it when you give me things
And you ought to give me wedding rings
And I love it when you give me things
And you ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings

The best love songs have really simple yet profound lyrics.  They cut through the complexity of relationship and get to the heart of the matter. By the same token, I love weddings because they symbolize love in it’s most simple form.  This song is simply touching my heart. Enjoy.

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