Somebody to Love
Jefferson Airplane Lyrics


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When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love
Love, love
When the garden flowers, baby are dead, yes and
Your mind, your mind is so full of red
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
Yeah, but in your head, baby
I'm afraid you don't know where it is
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Tears are running down
They're all running down your breast
And your friends, baby
They treat you like a guest
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love




Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jefferson Airplane's song "Somebody to Love" are filled with emotion and despair, calling for the need and want for love. The opening lines reflect a feeling of betrayal and disillusionment, where the truth is no longer trustworthy and happiness fades away. The singer pleads for a person to love and care for them, as the lack of passion and enthusiasm is suffocating.


The second verse uses imagery of lifeless plants and a mind full of "red", perhaps indicating anger or confusion, to emphasise the need for someone to love. The singer believes that love can cure even the most twisted and corrupted minds. In the third verse, the singer speaks directly to a person who may physically resemble someone else but may lack the same empathy or feelings. The lyrics call for someone who knows where love is and can offer it unconditionally.


The final verse adds a layer of sadness, where the singer is crying and their friends are treating them poorly. They reiterate the message of the song, emphasising the need for love and a connection to another human being. The song closes with the repetition of the chorus, perhaps suggesting that finding someone to love is the answer to all the troubles and pain.


Line by Line Meaning

When the truth is found to be lies
When what you thought was true turns out to be false


And all the joy within you dies
And it makes you unhappy and unfulfilled


Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you want to be loved by someone


Don't you need somebody to love
Don't you need someone to love you


Wouldn't you love somebody to love
Wouldn't it be great if there was someone who loved you


You better find somebody to love
You should try to find someone to love


When the garden flowers, baby are dead, yes and
When the beauty around you fades away


Your mind, your mind is so full of red
Your mind is consumed by negativity


Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
Your appearance may resemble someone else's


Yeah, but in your head, baby
But mentally, you're not the same


I'm afraid you don't know where it is
You may not know who you truly are


Tears are running down
You're crying


They're all running down your breast
Your tears are flowing down your chest


And your friends, baby
Even your friends


They treat you like a guest
Treat you like an outsider in their group




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Darby R. Slick

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@michelelopez9799

When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

When the garden flowers, baby are dead, yes and
Your mind, your mind is so full of red
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
Yeah, but in your head, baby, I'm afraid you don't know where it is
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Tears are running down and down and down your breast
And your friends, baby they treat you like a guest
Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love



All comments from YouTube:

@Eli70mod

I was 73 years old when this song first came out and now I’m dead it funny how time flies

@zamev

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@thebot6818

😕best music I've heard from the damn 60s 😢 i miss the 60s it was a dream now its just this shut music rap and stupid shit im sorry America 🇺🇸

@thebot6818

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@Eli70mod

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@CC.R0Y

I didn't exist and now I do, where did the good ol' days go😭

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@randybailin4902

This is one of those songs that if you're driving and it comes on the radio it's a mandatory volume increase.

@jlwilder8436

And that statement is true about ANY song sung by Grace Slick!
The problem is, most of her amazing music is practically never heard.
Just imagine hearing "Welcome to the Wrecking Ball!" come on! 🤯

@dannypipewrench533

We were coming home from Walmart one time, and this came on. We were pretty excited.

@pvank1799

And White Rabbit.

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