Do I Love You
Vic Damone & Marty Manning Lyrics


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Do I love you because you're beautiful
Or are you beautiful because I love you
Am I making believe I see in you
A girl too lovely to be really true

Do I want you because you're wonderful
Or are you wonderful because I want you
Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream
Or are you really as beautiful as you seem

Am I making believe I see in you
A man too perfect to be really true
Do I want you because you're wonderful
Or are you wonderful because I want you





Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream
Or are you really as wonderful as you seem

Overall Meaning

The song "Do I Love You" by Vic Damone and Marty Manning poses the age-old question of whether love is purely based on physical attraction or if it's the emotion that leads one to appreciate someone's beauty. The lyrics suggest the singer wonders if his love is dependent on the physical beauty of the object of his affection or if he falls in love with her first and finds her beautiful because of his love. The song delves into the concept of perception and how love can affect one's opinion of beauty. The sense of disbelief in the lyrics is palpable as the singer ponders whether this love is real or just an illusion of his desires.


The repeated refrain "Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream or are you really as [beautiful/wonderful] as you seem" is a deeply philosophical question that may have been considered since the dawn of consciousness. The lyrics not only reference beauty but also perfection, which further amplifies this sense of disbelief. The loss of belief in the tangible world is a central theme in many love songs, and "Do I Love You" portrays it expertly.


Line by Line Meaning

Do I love you because you're beautiful
Is your external beauty the only reason why I love you?


Or are you beautiful because I love you
Is the love I have for you the reason why I find you beautiful?


Am I making believe I see in you
Am I imagining qualities in you that don't really exist?


A girl too lovely to be really true
Or are you truly as lovely as you appear to be?


Do I want you because you're wonderful
Is your wonder the only reason why I want you?


Or are you wonderful because I want you
Is my desire for you making you appear wonderful?


Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream
Are you merely a figment of my romantic imagination?


Or are you really as beautiful as you seem
Or are you actually as lovely as I view you to be?


Am I making believe I see in you
Am I creating qualities in you that are not present?


A man too perfect to be really true
Or are you genuinely as impeccable as you appear to be?


Do I want you because you're wonderful
Is your wonderment the only reason why I desire you?


Or are you wonderful because I want you
Does my yearning for you make you appear wonderful?


Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream
Are you simply a product of my romanticism?


Or are you really as wonderful as you seem
Or do you truly possess the character that I observe in you?




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II, RICHARD RODGERS

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Sparkina

Right up there with the Velvet Fog

Bryan Rendleman

Might even be better than Mel Torme's .

Micky Bowser

OH OH BEAUTY IN THE VERY HEART NOT JUST THE FACE LOVING SONG YES🌹VELVET BLU BO'NEE🌈

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