I love the song, “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel. The lyrics are thought provoking and deep. I assumed I was the only one who loved it. I was surprised when after listening to it in the car – on my CD – Greg stopped the CD player and asked the probing question: “What do you think he’s talking about in this song?” Well SHUT my mouth WIDE open!!! Greg interested in a song meaning??? What is the world coming to? Who IS this man – and what has he done with my husband?
So we pondered and debated and tried to “out clever” each other on the meaning. I have posted the song below – see if you can come up with your own meaning.
I believe the “Book of Love” could be referring to ancient “writings” of poetry or even possibly the ultimate book of love – the Bible. And when he says it’s “heavy” – it could be talking about the fact that no one can live up to the standards that are set out for us – and that it DOES seem even boring at times.
Greg believes it is talking about “love” in general and not literally. The feelings and emotions of love – and that can be heavy and even boring when talking about the many facets of love.
I read somewhere that Peter Gabriel when asked to sing this song for the soundtrack of “Shall we Dance?” was amused by the notion of love – and thought it was okay for everyone else – thus the line in the second verse, “sometimes it’s transcendental – sometimes it’s just really dumb” - this is only someones opinion – and not Peter Gabriel’s own words about how he felt. But it would indeed make sense – that love is overwhelming and even “dumb” – UNTIL!!!!!! It happens to you. Then love isn’t so dumb after all. No. It’s sweet and sad and happy all at the same time.
Love makes you helpless. You surrender to it. It makes you a better person. You feel like you’re losing yourself to it. And in a way – you do. There’s nothing else to do – when love has totally embraced you. You are never the same. The ultimate culmination of that love is a “wedding” between two people – thus “you ought to give me wedding rings” at the end of the song.
All of this is – love
What is the hidden meaning to these lyrics for you? Can you find it? I’d love to hear your thoughts…
See for yourself…