It Must Be Love
Labi Siffre Lyrics


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I never thought I'd miss you half as much as I do
And I never thought I'd feel this way the way I feel about you
As soon as I wake up, any night, any day
I know that it's you I need to take the blues away

It must be love, love, love
It must be love, love, love
Nothing more nothing less love is the best

How can it be that we can say so much without words
Bless you and bless me baby, bless the bees and the birds
I've got to be near you, every night, every day
I couldn't be happy baby any other way

It must be love, love, love
It must be love, love, love
Nothing more nothing less love is the best

As soon as I wake up, every night, every day
I know that it's you I need to take the blues away

[Repeat: x2]
It must be love, love, love



It must be love, love, love
Nothing more nothing less love is the best

Overall Meaning

Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love" is a charming love song that speaks to the overwhelming feeling of love that causes one to miss their partner even when they are apart. The opening line establishes an expectation that the singer will miss their lover but not to the degree that they do. The second line explains that the singer's feelings for their lover have grown beyond their expectations, surpassing their wildest dreams. The sentiment is not just limited to when they're apart; it gnaws at them every night and day. The singer acknowledges that their lover is the key to their happiness and the only one who can alleviate their blues.


The chorus exclaims that what the singer is feeling must be love, which they repeat multiple times. The repetition amplifies the emotion and emphasizes the certainty of the feeling. The bridge of the song establishes that the song's power goes beyond words. Love has a language that is not restricted to sentences or phrases, as the singer and their lover share this connection at a deeper level than words can convey. The singer's feelings of needing to be with their lover every night and day reinforce the idea that what they have is a special and essential bond.


Line by Line Meaning

I never thought I'd miss you half as much as I do
I didn't expect to feel this strong nostalgia or longing for you.


And I never thought I'd feel this way the way I feel about you
I had no idea I could be so completely enamored with someone before, the way I am with you.


As soon as I wake up, any night, any day
No matter what time of day or night it is, when I wake up, you are the first thing on my mind.


I know that it's you I need to take the blues away
Being with you is the only thing that brings me true happiness and joy, and helps chase away my sadness.


How can it be that we can say so much without words
I can't believe how deeply we can communicate with just our actions, expressions, and love for each other.


Bless you and bless me baby, bless the bees and the birds
May we both enjoy great blessings and goodness in our relationship, and may the world around us flourish and thrive as well.


I've got to be near you, every night, every day
I long to be by your side always, whether it's night or day, rain or shine.


I couldn't be happy baby any other way
Without you, there is no real joy, contentment or happiness in my life.


It must be love, love, love
This intense feeling of attraction and commitment we have for each other can only be described as true love.


Nothing more nothing less love is the best
There is no greater emotion or experience in the world than love, no matter how simple or complex it may be.




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Written by: Labi Siffre

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Comments from YouTube:

John McGill

I had been dating a girl for about a month, when I took her to see Labi Siffre for her birthday November 13 1972. Labi has a special place in my heart as the girl went on to be my wife and the mother of my children.

Locky Cooper

That’s well nice mate, what a nice story

Ann Oldham

Never knew it was Labi Siffre who did the original although knew Madness weren't the first. Both versions are terrific.

Roel Horemans

Most of Madness' hit songs are covers.

DDD123

Me too! Only just discovered this. After like 30 years 😆

pauldavismusic

@Roel Horemans Have to disagree here, as practically every Madness hit single (apart from this song) were written by the band. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madness_discography#Singles

Harry Thomas 🇫🇰

@Roel Horemans 2 of them wow!

Trench42

Fun fact: Labi Siffre is even doing a cameo in the Madness Video of the song (at 3:22)

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Paul Reynolds

Playing and singing live, with the BBC Orchestra, and the Ladybirds on backing vocals. So few acts did that on TOTP. I love how he swaps the Spanish for a steel string for the solo. This is so good even Jimmy Savile can't spoil it.

The Beery Boater

How's about that, then? Now then, now then, As it 'appens, Guys and gals, I too like this version the best... Goodness gracious! :-)

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