Love Like Blood
Killing Joke Lyrics


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We must play our lives like soldiers in the field
The life is short
I'm running faster all the time
Strength and beauty destined to decay

So cut the rose in full bloom
'Til the fearless come and the act is done
A love like blood
A love like blood
'Til the fearless come and the act is done

A love like blood
A love like blood

Everyday through all frustration and despair

Love and hate fight with burning hearts
'Til legends live and man is god again

And self-preservation rules the day no more
We must dream of promised lands and fields
That's never fade in season
As we move towards no end
We learn to die
Red tears are shed on gray
'Til the fearless come and the act is done





'Til the fearless come and the act is done

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Killing Joke's song "Love Like Blood" portray a sense of urgency and the fleeting nature of life. The metaphor of soldiers in the field suggests that life is a battle to be fought, and each moment must be lived with purpose and intensity. The emphasis on the value of strength and beauty, while acknowledging their eventual decay, speaks to the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing it while it lasts.


The chorus, "A love like blood," is a powerful and somewhat ominous refrain that suggests an intense, all-consuming passion that may have destructive consequences. The lyrics also touch on themes of love and hate, and the idea that these opposing forces can both inspire and consume us. The references to "legends" and the idea of man being god again hint at a belief in the power of myth and storytelling to inspire and elevate us.


Overall, the lyrics to "Love Like Blood" are both introspective and existential, with a sense of urgency and a call to action that encourages listeners to make the most of their time on earth.


Line by Line Meaning

We must play our lives like soldiers in the field
Life is like a battlefield where we have to face several challenges and struggles


The life is short
Life is not long enough to waste on trivial things


I'm running faster all the time
To achieve something, we need to keep working constantly


Strength and beauty destined to decay
Both physical and mental strength deteriorate with time


So cut the rose in full bloom
We need to seize the opportunity when it presents itself as it may not last forever


'Til the fearless come and the act is done
Until we overcome our fears and take action, we cannot achieve our goals


A love like blood
A love that is intense, passionate, and unyielding


Everyday through all frustration and despair
Everyday we encounter difficulties and hopelessness


Love and hate fight with burning hearts
We have both positive and negative emotions, and they both have an intense impact on us


'Til legends live and man is god again
Until we achieve greatness and reach the peak of our potential, we cannot be satisfied or fulfilled


And self-preservation rules the day no more
We need to let go of our instinct to protect ourselves and take risks in order to achieve something great


We must dream of promised lands and fields
We should always keep hope alive and strive towards achieving our goals


That's never fade in season
Our dreams and aspirations should not be fleeting, they should be evergreen


As we move towards no end
Our journey towards our goals is endless, and we need to keep moving forward even if there is no end in sight


We learn to die
In order to truly live, we have to come to terms with our own mortality


Red tears are shed on gray
Even in the bleakest of moments, there is still hope and beauty to be found


'Til the fearless come and the act is done
Until we overcome our fears and take action, we cannot achieve our goals




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JEREMY COLEMAN, MATTHEW FERGUSON, PAUL VINCENT RAVEN, KEVIN WALKER

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Inside Bilderberg

One of my all time favorite songs.

Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@alanstrom2221

It doesn't get much better than this.
It's one of the best crafted songs of all time and one of the best audio experiences of the 80's.
I thank the Universe for me being born in 1961.
When Killing Joke played at The Glider Room, Dee Why Hotel in the mid- 80's the sound engineer had everything tirned up to eleven, probably louder.
The Bass was causing much discomfort to the people in the packed room.
Big tough, tattooed guys were leaving the venue because the excruciating volume was intolerable.
My existence was like a Clash song " Should I Stay or Should I go.

I stayed, because I didn't want to miss my only chance to see this band LIVE.
Looking around the room to see the crowd singing along with passion to EIGHTIES, was worth the price of admission.
Great band!!!!!



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@OriginalUsername

Rest in peace Geordie. One of the most influential yet underrated guitarists ever

@kookoothebirdgirl1

And he had the BEST dry sense of humor! Funny as hell…Damnit. The world lost an amazing guy. I’m heartbroken 💔

@cjrpropertyinspectionsjohn3417

I can't believe I never heard of Geordie or Killing Joke until he passed away (grew up in the 70's & 80's). Now bands like Metallica (Or Kirk's guitar style), and songs like Nirvana's "Come As You Are" make so much sense to me.

I feel like I have been so sheltered my entire life! 😂

@italianjob4947

Who said he was underrated?

@decimated550

Cannot believe so many notes and tones came out of one guitar. It was just a swarm over your head and in your brain. Farewell sir

@dead_6931

WHAT HE DIED ?? I JUST LEARNED BOUT THIS BAND THIS YEAR🥲

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@thesoundoftoulouse

There are certain 80’s songs that give me an overwhelmingly painful and bittersweet sense of nostalgia. "Love like blood" is definitely one of them.

@western-oud1898

I'm with there buddy..painfully nostalgic

@freakbeatagogo1208

Exactly my feeling. I think there's a Welsh word - hiraeth - that is sharper and more sadly longing than the English "nostalgia". It's a heartfelt yearning for a fondly remembered past that cuts deep and is indeed bittersweet.
Poppies by Teardrop Explodes or Public Image have the same effect on me. They put me in an exact time and place where the world was full of possibilities and i was bursting with raw energy 😁

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