"How Do You Love" as written by and Ed Roland....
There once was love
Thrown into your room
But you never knew
A calendar
Of days just for you
But you never knew, never knew, no
And the truth that you'll find
Will always be
The truth you hide

(Chorus)
So how do you love
How do you love
When your angels can't sing
And your world is still
Lacking of me, yeah

There once were eyes
That only saw you
But you never knew
A portrait of
A flower in full bloom
But you never knew, never knew, no
And the words that you fear
Will always be
The words you hear, yeah

(Chorus)

This space where you've been living
Has gifts you've never given
That's the face
You always show
Ask me for words of wisdom
Tell me of your condition
I don't know
I don't, I don't know

And the truth that you'll find
Will always be
The truth you hide, yeah

(Chorus x2)

How do you love (x10)


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    General CommentI was really in love with this girl down the street from my house from about the 8th grade until I was like 20 years old. We were really good friends though out high school but she never felt the same way about me and never really knew how I felt about her. I ended up marrying someone else and moved on with my life. After 25 years, she came back into my life and while my feelings for her are not exactly the same, their is still much of that same love I once had for her, although it's of a different kind now. Just as deep in some ways, but not in the way that I love my wife. Anyway, this song reminds me of her every time I hear it. Great song.
    zola25on October 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIf you're completley oblivious to the love people try to show you, "how do you love?" How are you living without giving and reciving love?
    stixx_n_stringson February 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this tune: I think it means that we tend to live wthout realizing all of the luv tht is in the world but instead we live in a negative way- ...
    dogARTiton April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm really loving this song. I'd say it could be about falling in love with someone, having your heart set on them.. but they are pretending to be oblivious. And the reason I say pretending is because of the one line "And the truth that you'll find will always be the truth you hide." I just think it's a person who doesn't want to face the idea that someone is falling in love with them.
    xx_sunshineon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree XX sunshine

    This song is about falling in love with the "one", but a person in the relationship is denying that or pretending they don't want to be in the relationship...sometimes finding the "one" can be scary, it can be something you dont want to admit because your giving that person apart of you that you never gave before....and thats a scary thing

    thats what the song says.. "the truth you find" finding your true love... "will always be the truth you hide" and hiding/denying that true love

    even though its hard/scary to face the "truth" it's even scarier not to..because then "how do you love"....or worse how can you live without facing the truth??
    steel07on January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am a huge fan of Collective Soul. The first time I heard this song, I loved it instantly...but when I really listened to the lyrics...I saw how greatly it related to relationships that I've been in in the past, and loved it even more. There is so much truth in this song. It's about somebody denying love because he or she does not want to see it. Often this also hurts the person who is being denied. Therefore, how do you love?
    kmarieon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about being in love with a narcasist. he gave everything, tried everything then realized his love will never be returned in kind because the person love themself more than anything
    RAWHEADon June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful, thats really all i have to say
    sballchick2on July 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow can anyone not LOVE this song??
    mcroy76on February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lines are beautiful. Simplicity and honesty make for a really great combination here. I like that CS's lyrics seem so simple yet serve as wonderful springboards for to dive deep and deal with some hard questions within you. And I always love it that you never know sometimes where your questions (even your confusion) can lead. I love this band, have loved them since "Shine," and Lord knows that was back in '93 or '94.

    ***

    So how do you love
    How do you love
    When your angels can't sing
    And your world is still lacking of me

    ***

    I find these lines such an aching and wistful sketch of a loss that shouldn't be.
    DarkerDreamson May 07, 2008   Link

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