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Affection
by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers (LocoStavos)

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me, this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody the way I feel
About affection

Well I've starved before for affection
I blamed the world
And it's probably the worlds fault
That's true
But I was a star who said (?)
I don't have time for those people
So it was partly my own fault too

Well then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say
People all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody'd be snobs like I've been
They won't care what they wish they had
Affection

People are starving just to be touched
People are starving just to be hugged and kissed
Well you've got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
and it says, "hmm, it's like they've forgotten that I'm there"

You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On people who maybe want your touch
But you can't tell
Because they can laugh, and that's like rejection
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say
People all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out
They won't care what they wish they had
Affection

"Jonathan, you're scaring us
We think this is the part of the song where everbody has to like, do the group hug and stuff. We don't even like our neighbor. Is that what we have to do now? No, don't worry...uhh...that's no good...we're not gonna do that...okay...and what's this song about anyway?"

Its just, if you do feel like it
Don't chicken out, that's all

"Is that all you're saying?"

yeah

"oh, okay"

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
Are starving for affection

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