"Ugly Love" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
Dear cousin,
I got your letter
It was more than I thought I deserved
Well she sounds perfect, all I dream of
And I dream about so much it is absurd
But when I get there and she sees me
I'll be impressed if she does not run screaming

My kind of love is an ugly love
But it's real and it lasts a long, long time

I had a thought while I was sleeping
And I dreamed about a place for us to rest
Eternity under the old oak tree
But I go too far I guess
Maybe I'll think about tomorrow
And maybe I can get her to stay that long

'Cause my kind of love is an ugly love
But it's real and it lasts a long, long time

And if she finds me repulsive
She wouldn't be the first to wretch
Well I decided one day long ago
I was never gonna be the greatest catch
And if she cares about the car I drive
Then she can get in hers
The moment I arrive

'Cause my kind of love is an ugly love
But it's real and it lasts a long, long time


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"Ugly Love" as written by Mark O. Everett

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    General CommentIt's kind of a humorous song, about an ugly guy who hasn't had much luck with relationships getting set up for a date. He hopes that this will be the one, that she won't run away screaming and that maybe they'll be together for eternity. However, if she cares about superficial stuff like the car he drives, he won't have her.
    clearlygonemadon July 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that his love is different to normal love he can't show it like most people and sometimes suffers in love because of this. I think its basically trying to say that allthough he may not be able to show his love because he has low self esteem his love is real.
    Big Tkon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is ultimately about circumstances. Sometimes love is a painful mukety muck of situations that are just inconvenient and the singer realizes this. The singer is not the best choice or the greatest "catch"....but what he is offering is an ugly and inconvenient love filled with loyalty and sincerity.
    songboy2017on February 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI want this at my funeral.
    Songmeaningsuseron December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful. it's somewhat sad, but very honest just like most of the eels' music.
    it's one of my favorite eels songs.
    admissionon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI do not think, that it is only about an "ugly guy", being a loner. To me, that interpretation is too superficial.. I would go so far and say, that this "ugliness" is inside. He does not believe, that he is worth of anything. He seems to mess up everything, thinking, he has a big "L" tattooed on his head. He is suffering under serious self-confidential problems, here. Still, he knows, he can love and wants to do so - but it seems as if everybody's too good for him, because of his inner ugliness, just as i said.
    Just my interpretation, anyhow.
    tagtraeumerinon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the "ugly love" he's talking about is loving for someone despite imperfections and for who they are inside. Maybe he thinks it's "ugly" because he's never had the same kind of love reciprocated. I kind of agree with taqtraeumerin that he does have low self-esteem and problems with self-confidence, but that it's justified. Maybe he was probably shunned and he automatically just associated it with his appearance.
    suclid003on April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout the lines:
    "And if she cares about the car I drive
    Well she can get in hers the moment I arrive"

    it could mean that he expects her to love him for himself and not because of material things such as the car..
    Id not be surprised if this song reflected on the personal life of the singer (not meaning that he is repulsive). As in: his love is not happy, its kinda sad, and as such "ugly love" - but everlasting.
    Great piano.
    Durang0on December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJesus Christ Loves You
    You can experience God's love and forgiveness
    ...
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    here's real Ugly Love for you all!
    there you go let's buy some religion propaganda, let's find some good faith on the net shall we :')

    to me the song is about all of the things quoted above, I think its a description of how one sees himself, failures leading to much negative thoughts.
    this guy (or E himself) might find himself repulsive and not one of the beautiful people in the first place but with that he seems to look at what he has to offer has something so rotten that it can't be shared to turn into the purest love form
    and so all of its happiness too.
    naivadaon July 17, 2007   Link

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