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The Book of Love
by The Magnetic Fields

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, I love it when you read to me
And you, 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, I love it when you sing to me
And you, 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, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings
I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Stephin Raymond Merritt

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Benjamin Carr

For people who prefer the Peter Gabriel version, I understand. Gabriel's voice is haunting and beautiful. However, the Magnetic Fields version more fits the words of the song. It's an everyman version - sung imperfectly by an imperfect person, trying to explain something magical and impossible and intangible that hopefully comes - at one time or another - to most everyone.

A .B

both are beautiful in their own way

Katherine Wilson

@Jonathan Jacks That's so weird. TMF were huge in the early 2000s. Were you not into music then? Not snarky, I am not into popular music, I have no awareness, just curiosity.

Katherine Wilson

@KEvronista I thought so too.

Sadie Opossum

Yeah. this exactly.

Slam_24

Couldn’t have explained it any better. Well done.

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anikoustos2

How many physics students have heard this song by searching "magnetic fields" in google?

Melek Karaca

Me too, from Turkey :D

KanalDerGutenSache

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David Baxter

anikoustos2 i like shoe

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