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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



All comments from YouTube:

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.

Beyond Alpha

theives are theives, make your own tunes

Bonny Howarth

Also, this man wrote the song… it’s from his heart. That is precious to me

Nathan Anderson

Having loved the 69 Love Songs albums for 20 years, I find the Gabriel-esque covers jarring. They suck the quirkiness and silliness out of the original.

BigDog36

I first heard this beautiful song on Southpark, and it was sung by Peter Gabriel, so that is why I prefer it, but yes I see your point about this version.

Raziel

You're absolutely right.

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Les

My wife introduced me to this band over 15 years ago. We recently separated, and I felt the urge to listen this. I probably should not have.

KAREN boomboom ROXX

@Hipotenuza 😊🔥😏

Hipotenuza

@Les Listen this version: 2CELLOS - Il Libro Dell' Amore (The Book of Love) feat. Zucchero . In case you don't like it,they have cover of Highway to hell xD

Les

@Gloom's Doom Thanks man!

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