For Love
Lush Lyrics


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Pretty little girl, she shines
Knowing she is young, she smiles
Happy just to be a prize
Happy just to see his smile

Silly little girl, she tries
Thinking she is good, and wise
Doesn't recognise the lies
Pouring from her lips, she sighs:

This is so real,
It's what I feel,
I look in your eyes and lose myself

Silly little girl denies
Every understanding why
Her face is full of sad surprise
Every time she hears him cry:

What do you feel
When you're with me?
I look in your eyes and see myself

But there's no connection,
Just his own reflection
Isn't this the way you wanted me?
(what do you mean?)
In love with you
(what do I feel?)
Do anything
(what do you mean?)
For you

She looked in his eyes to lose herself

And when it falls apart, she cries
Doesn't think to look inside
She just covers up her eyes
Doesn't see her own disguise

And though she feels this sorrow,
It will fade tomorrow
She'll pretend that this was really love
(what do you mean?)
She'll make their fall
(what did I feel?)
Seem beautiful
(what do you mean?)
She won't remember this at all
(what do you mean?)
She won't recall
(what did I feel?)
The truth at all
(what do you mean?)
She wants to fall
(what did I feel?)




Again
(what do you mean?)

Overall Meaning

The song "For Love" by Lush is a bittersweet and poignant exploration of a naive young woman who is caught up in a relationship that is ultimately unfulfilling and unsustainable. The "pretty little girl" in the song is infatuated with a man who she sees as her prize, and is happy just to bask in his attention and affection. She believes that her feelings are real and genuine, and that her love for him is reciprocated. However, as the song progresses, it becomes clear that her love is based on a shallow and flawed understanding of the man she is with. She fails to recognize the lies that he tells her and is blind to his true motives and emotions.


The song's chorus is a testament to the girl's intense, but misguided, passion for her lover. She gets lost in his eyes and believes that her love is all-consuming and all-encompassing. However, as the song reaches its climax, it becomes clear that her attachment to him is not reciprocated. He is more concerned with his own image and reflection than with her desires and needs. The final lines of the song reveal the sad truth that the girl will eventually forget about the disappointment and heartbreak that she experienced, and will be willing to fall in love again in the future.


Overall, "For Love" is a deeply moving and emotionally resonant song that captures the complexities and contradictions of human relationships. It is a powerful reminder that love can often be a difficult and painful journey, but one that is always worth pursuing.


Line by Line Meaning

Pretty little girl, she shines
The girl is young and attractive, radiating confidence and happiness.


Knowing she is young, she smiles
The girl is aware of her youthfulness and wears a bright smile.


Happy just to be a prize
She is content to be sought after by the person she likes.


Happy just to see his smile
She is overjoyed to witness the happiness that he feels towards her.


Silly little girl, she tries
The girl is foolish and makes efforts to please the person she likes.


Thinking she is good, and wise
She falsely thinks of herself as being good and intelligent.


Doesn't recognise the lies
She fails to identify the deceitful statements coming out of her own mouth.


Pouring from her lips, she sighs:
As she speaks, she lets out a deep breath, conveying her emotions.


This is so real,
She believes her feelings for him are genuine and authentic.


It's what I feel,
She thinks that what she feels for him is indisputable and undeniable.


I look in your eyes and lose myself
She gets lost in his eyes, feeling a deep emotional connection to him.


Silly little girl denies
The girl foolishly refuses to acknowledge the obvious.


Every understanding why
She cannot comprehend why he is upset and feels miserable.


Her face is full of sad surprise
She is shocked and saddened by his unexpected sorrow.


Every time she hears him cry:
Each time she hears him weep, she experiences a sense of helplessness.


What do you feel
She quizes him about his emotions.


When you're with me?
She wants to know how he feels when they're together.


I look in your eyes and see myself
She sees herself reflected in his eyes, as if they are one person.


But there's no connection,
Despite their apparent closeness, there's no real bond between them.


Just his own reflection
He only sees his own image in her eyes, and not the girl herself.


Isn't this the way you wanted me?
She thinks that everything is according to his plans.


(what do you mean?)
She asks to clarify his intentions.


In love with you
She admits her love for him.


(what did I feel?)
She questions what her own feelings really are.


Do anything
She is willing to do anything to please him.


(what do you mean?)
She asks for clarification again.


For you
She wants to do everything for him.


She looked in his eyes to lose herself
She gazes into his eyes to escape from reality.


And when it falls apart, she cries
When their relationship shatters, she cries and laments.


Doesn't think to look inside
She doesn't introspect and reflect upon her own actions.


She just covers up her eyes
She avoids facing the truth by looking away and covering her eyes.


Doesn't see her own disguise
She fails to recognize her own facade and pretenses.


And though she feels this sorrow,
Even though she is affected by the breakup, she doesn't want to admit it.


It will fade tomorrow
She thinks that her sadness will eventually dissipate over time.


She'll pretend that this was really love
She will feign her love for him as being genuine.


(what do you mean?)
She asks for clarification again.


She'll make their fall
She will romanticize their downfall.


(what did I feel?)
She questions what she actually felt for him.


Seem beautiful
She will make their heartbreak appear beautiful.


(what do you mean?)
She inquires again for further clarification.


She won't remember this at all
She will forget all of this in due course of time.


(what do you mean?)
She again seeks an explanation for his statements.


She won't recall
She will fail to recollect everything that happened between them.


(what did I feel?)
She wants to know what she truly felt for him.


The truth at all
She won't recognize the truth about her own emotions and actions.


(what do you mean?)
She queries him once more.


She wants to fall
She longs to fall in love again.


(what did I feel?)
She questions what she actually felt for him, yet again.


Again
She wants to fall in love all over again.




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Written by: Miki Berenyi

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@megancarp3196

Pretty little girl, she shines
Knowing she is young, she smiles
Happy just to be a prize
Happy just to see his smile
Silly little girl, she tries
Thinking she is good, and wise
Doesn't recognise the lies
Pouring from her lips, she sighs:
This is so real,
It's what I feel,
I look in your eyes and lose myself
Silly little girl denies
Every understanding why
Her face is full of sad surprise
Every time she hears him cry:
What do you feel
When you're with me?
I look in your eyes and see myself
But there's no connection,
Just his own reflection
Isn't this the way you wanted me?
(What do you mean?)
In love with you
(What do I feel?)
Do anything
(What do you mean?)
For you
She looked in his eyes to lose herself
And when it falls apart, she cries
Doesn't think to look inside
She just covers up her eyes
Doesn't see her own disguise
And though she feels this sorrow,
It will fade tomorrow
She'll pretend that this was really love
(What do you mean?)
She'll make their fall
(What did I feel?)
Seem beautiful
(What do you mean?)
She won't remember this at all
(What do you mean?)
She won't recall
(What did I feel?)
The truth at all
(What do you mean?)
She wants to fall
(What did I feel?)
Again
(What do you mean?)



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Pretty little girl, she shines
Knowing she is young, she smiles
Happy just to be a prize
Happy just to see his smile

Silly little girl, she tries
Thinking she is good, and wise
Doesn't recognise the lies
Pouring from her lips, she sighs:

This is so real,
It's what I feel,
I look in your eyes and lose myself

Silly little girl denies
Every understanding why
Her face is full of sad surprise
Every time she hears him cry:

What do you feel
When you're with me?
I look in your eyes and see myself

But there's no connection,
Just his own reflection
Isn't this the way you wanted me?
(what do you mean?)
In love with you
(what do I feel?)
Do anything
(what do you mean?)
For you

She looked in his eyes to lose herself

And when it falls apart, she cries
Doesn't think to look inside
She just covers up her eyes
Doesn't see her own disguise

And though she feels this sorrow,
It will fade tomorrow
She'll pretend that this was really love
(what do you mean?)
She'll make their fall
(what did I feel?)
Seem beautiful
(what do you mean?)
She won't remember this at all
(what do you mean?)
She won't recall
(what did I feel?)
The truth at all
(what do you mean?)
She wants to fall
(what did I feel?)
Again
(what do you mean?)



All comments from YouTube:

@ryanporter1819

Love the bass guitar, and the depressed jingly, jangly guitar sound that is similar in the Pixies, The Cure and Bauhaus. Such a distinct hallmark of the late 80's early 90's.

@Sam-go3mb

Weird how 2010's indie brought back the jangle but dropped the depression. (generally speaking)

@ryanporter1819

@@Sam-go3mb Right! I guess depression was the wrong word. More like a melancholy message. This particular song has a daydreaming component one could get lost in. Either way, you are right, songs these days kind of lack that touch. Cheers to Lush!

@Sam-go3mb

@@ryanporter1819 Nah I get what you meant totally. There was something really....raw about the 90's sentiment; it was as if that generation knew something important was coming to an end...I'm not even quite sure what that something is, but I feel it.

@jetgeneration

the album was produced by robin guthrie of cocteau twins so it makes sense that it sounds like that.

@kengruz669

Yes. When I listen to the guitar breaks- jingly, jangly, or clangy- I immediately hear The Sisters Of Mercy on their album: "First, Last, and Always." This cut of Lush
"For Love" especially has a guitar break very much in common in terms of texture, chord changes, and harmonics with the Sisters of Mercy from that period (as do many of theirs.) Like a lot of things, there had to have been cross-band influence of what each was producing and listening to. It's a beautiful and very influential sound. For those possibly unfamiliar, treat yourself to the entire S.O.M. album I'm referring to available in whole here on the tube. And I'm in no way saying one band copied another, just to say there was a "sound" going around during that period, a beautiful, irresistible style that guitarists no doubt heard and were influenced by and which made their way into their compositions.

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@davidellis5141

Lush were one of the really great early 90's bands. Shoegazers !

@mattmyers2863

Very true david ellis.

@ItsaDaPope-a

@Rolman80 80 So, because there were a lot of good bands Lush can't one of the greats? Logic fail!

@collapsiblechair9112

Lush were just a bang average indie pop band. One of worst bands on 4AD.

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