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The Book of Love
The Magnetic Fields Lyrics


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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Zofia Marcinkowska

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



Theashesone k

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



PoeBoy

Lyrics:

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
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings



ary rafsanjani

The Book of Love

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



All comments from YouTube:

Charlie Sneden

"And things we're all too young to know" is such a beautiful yet melancholy line. No matter how old we get, we'll never understand love.

Princeton NJ

My interpretation of that line is that it's about loss, betrayal, hurt, emptiness--the other things love can bring. We'll never be old enough for that.

Benji 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.

Khambrel Green

@Lord Yaoi, When shall we be able to hear your version?

Rainy's youtube2

yeah, exactly

JL inMS

@lmw_blue First off, my opinion is mine so I will keep it whether you like it or not. Second, take care.

lmw_blue

@JL inMS First off, “greatest songwriter and singer in the English language” is kind of pushing it. Secondly, he made a sappy overproduced and melodramatic dead-serious power ballad of a song with silly lyrics just don’t fit that. It’s a silly, stripped-down, cynical, minimalist, everyman campfire tune, and that’s what it’s meant to be.

Sam Gordon

There's a warmness to this version that fits the tone and meaning better for me.

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EddieEight

it takes a true genius to write something this simple. merritt is easily one of the top 10 living songwriters.

kunty fucstik

@brian laakso Or, more correctly: renders (their) comment moot

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