What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

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With thanks to Raymond Carver.

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Our conversation moves in circles
And so do the hands of the clock
We sound like we are saying something
But it's all only idle talk
Mel says love is spiritual
But some of us disagree
Some get a kick out of being kicked
Every beater needs a beatee

Chit-chat, chit-chat
You say this 'n' that
What we talk about when we talk about love
Chit-chat, chit-chat
You say this 'n' that
What we talk about when we talk about love
Listen to our hearts beating
It's a sound so naked and so stark
Listen to the human noises we're making
As we sit all alone in the dark

Well some are driven by physical love
Which makes us feel desire
A carnal lust that burns down so deep
It sets the heart on fire
We want to get as close as we can
But when we do we are repelled
There's something twisted in the other
Something that just won't let us meld

So much water so close to home
So much water so close to home

Some of us want sentimental love
A day-to-day type caring
Some just want stability
And don't want to lose our bearing
Mel says some folks they got it so bad
That they just want to kill their lover
And some get so bent up inside
That they never fully recover

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from A Star Fell Down on Indiana, released April 9, 2016

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