Puppy Love
Paul Anka Lyrics


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And they called it puppy love
Oh, I guess they'll never know
How a young heart how it really feels
And why I love her so

And they called it puppy love
Just because we're, we're seventeen
Tell them all it's
Please tell them it isn't fair
To take away my only dream

I cry each night
My tears for you
My tears are all in vain
I hope and I'll pray
That maybe someday
You'll be back (you'll be back) in my arms (in my arms)
Once again (you'll be back in my arms once again)

Someone help me, help me
Help me, please
Is the answer up above?
How can I
Oh, how can I ever tell them?
This is not a puppy love
(This is not a puppy love)

Someone help me, help me
Help me, please
Is the answer up above?
How can I ever tell them?




This is not a puppy love
(This is not a puppy love)

Overall Meaning

In Paul Anka and Neil Sedaka's song "Puppy Love," the singer is lamenting society's dismissal of their relationship as mere "puppy love." He reflects on the ignorance of others who cannot understand the depth of his emotions towards his partner, an experience in which he is not alone. As a young teenager, the singer believes others do not comprehend the intensity of romantic love and instead trivialize it as a fleeting, juvenile passion. He admits to crying himself to sleep each night, pining for his lover, whom he hopes will return to him someday.


However, in the song's final lines, the singer asks for help and questions whether "the answer" lies "up above." This plea may suggest the singer's struggle with expressing his feelings to the outside world and seeking affirmation that what he feels is more than superficial. Ultimately, the song seems to capture the feeling of a young person grappling with the complexity of love and seeking recognition and validation of their emotions from a society that often dismisses teenagers' experiences.


Line by Line Meaning

And they called it puppy love
People dismiss our love as just a fleeting, immature crush


Oh, I guess they'll never know
They don't understand how real our feelings are


How a young heart how it really feels
They don't comprehend the depth of emotion that comes with young love


And why I love her so
They don't recognize the reasons behind my affection for her


Just because we're, we're seventeen
They invalidate our love based solely on our youth


Tell them all it's
I beg everyone to understand that our love is not just puppy love


Please tell them it isn't fair
I implore them to acknowledge that it's unfair to trivialize our relationship


To take away my only dream
By belittling our love, they're taking away my hope for a future with her


I cry each night
I'm unable to contain my sadness and emotions


My tears for you
My tears are a result of missing you


My tears are all in vain
Despite my tears, I feel hopeless without you


I hope and I'll pray
I hold onto faith that things will work out between us


That maybe someday
I dream of a future where we can be together again


You'll be back (you'll be back) in my arms (in my arms)
I long for the moment our loving embrace is restored


Once again (you'll be back in my arms once again)
I crave another opportunity to hold you close


Someone help me, help me
I plea for assistance and guidance


Is the answer up above?
I wonder if the solution to our troubles lies in a higher power


How can I, oh, how can I ever tell them?
I struggle with finding a way to prove the sincerity of our love to others


This is not a puppy love (this is not a puppy love)
I steadfastly believe that our love is genuine and not just a fleeting crush




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Written by: Paul Anka

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