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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.

The Oncoming Storm

You're absolutely right.

Chris Hargreaves

I'll be honest, I heard Peter Gabriel's cover first and to begin with, I preferred it. But after a few listens of this, I much prefer the original. It's more subtle, and like you say, has more of an everyman vibe to it, which I enjoy.

Clare Chan

I agree!

Shannon Mcgoey

Hmm the Magnetic Fields one is the orginal version guys !

valar

Yeah, in the Peter Gabriel version, the verse "some of it's just really dumb" sounds off, because of the kind of theatrical song it is.

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Sea

my favourite subtlety in this song is the implication that you need at least two people to lift the book.

Doug Mason

Sometimes the other person lets go. it'll always be too heavy for me

Circuses

Thank you

Halohaloj

wow never thought of that!

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