This Is Not A Love Song
Omar Lyrics

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This is not a love song
This is not a love song
I draw the line at getting involved with anyone
I′ve been messed with all my life
I don't consider it much fun
Love is all around me but so d hard to find
People keep telling me it′s there I must be blind
This is not a love song
This is not a love song (don't get me wrong)
Every day I try to get on with my life but you get in the way
Excuse me if I'm distant I′m trying to keep love at bay
If you love me you will give me all the time that I need
Love is for some people maybe it′s not for me
I tried to sit and wait and contemplate that
You were simply a phase I had to overcome
Spend sleepless nights around you procrastinate about you

I'm thinking something simply has to be done
Who says I love you but I don′t think I do

Overall Meaning

In Omar's song "This Is Not A Love Song," he emphasizes that this is not a love song in the very first line of the song. He draws the line at getting involved with anyone due to his past experiences where he has been messed with all his life, which he does not consider much fun. Love is all around him, but he finds it so hard to find, and people keep telling him that it's there, but he must be blind.

The artist is trying to tell us that he is struggling to keep love away, and he seems to be resisting it. But his lyrics also indicate that he is open to the possibility of love. He wants space and time to think about whether love is right for him or not. Omar's song is a mix of sadness and denial; he is expressing his reluctance to love, reflecting his hesitance to put himself in such a vulnerable state again. However, towards the end of the song, he's almost challenging himself by saying, "who says I love you, but I don't think I do."

Line by Line Meaning

This is not a love song
I want to make it clear that this isn't a song about falling in love

This is not a love song
I'm repeating it because I want to emphasize that this is not about love

I draw the line at getting involved with anyone
I've decided not to get too close to anyone romantically

I've been messed with all my life
I've had a lot of bad experiences when it comes to relationships and love

I don't consider it much fun
I don't think it's enjoyable or worth the effort

Love is all around me but so hard to find
There are many people in love around me, but I can't seem to find it myself

People keep telling me it's there I must be blind
Others say that love is everywhere, but I can't seem to see it

This is not a love song (don't get me wrong)
Just to clarify again, this isn't a song about love (but don't misunderstand me)

Every day I try to get on with my life but you get in the way
I'm trying to move on with my life, but you're making it difficult

Excuse me if I'm distant I'm trying to keep love at bay
I might seem distant, but it's because I'm intentionally avoiding love

If you love me you will give me all the time that I need
If someone truly loves me, they'll understand and respect my need for space

Love is for some people maybe it's not for me
Love might work for others, but I don't think it's for me

I tried to sit and wait and contemplate that
I've spent time thinking about it and reflecting on my feelings

You were simply a phase I had to overcome
I realize that my feelings for you were temporary and I needed to get past them

Spend sleepless nights around you procrastinate about you
I've lost sleep over you and have been putting off dealing with my feelings

I'm thinking something simply has to be done
I've come to the conclusion that I need to take action and move on

Who says I love you but I don't think I do
Others might think I love you, but I'm not sure if I really do

Writer(s): Lydon John, Atkins Martin Clive, Levene Julian Keith

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omar's music saved my life when i was depressed from 1997 to 2002. his music gave me hope and courage to look at life on a positive level. peace out and one love omar brother. nu soul forever.


thank you. god bless.


your definitely not a mind reader lol.


love to you


Omar has helped me through some tough spots too! It takes someone with great depths of love to appreciate Omar's music to that degree. He is a legend!

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This project that my good friends David Frank & Omar did together is simply Amazing!!!! it was a Joy to watch & listen while it was created this album is magical & very special 🔥😎💪 i just spoke to Omar today he's working on his new album You guys have to do a cupple songs together again please! The World Needs It Badly!!! 🙏❤ 🙂 T.K #BeEpic #BlessUp #OneLove #GodsGotThis

David Frank

Making this Album with Omar was one of the best experiences of my musical life. Every moment of it!!

Takashi Kojima

I love every single record u have put out


Two of my favorite artists of all time! I've treasured this album for close to 20 years.

David Frank

+Takashi Kojima thank you!!

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