Cryptic words meander
Now there is a song beneath the song
One day you'll learn
You'll soon discern its true meaning

An interesting detachment
A listless poem of love sincere
Desire, despair
Overlapping melodies

And it's not a love, it's not a love
It's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song

Oh now the roots are reminiscing
Recurring dreams of minor chords
Metred time
Muted chimes find the beat

And in the pulse there lies conviction
A steady push and pull routine
The cymbals swell
High notes flail into reach

And it's not a love, it's not a love
It's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song

It's not a love, it's not a love,
It's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song
It's not a love, it's not a love, it's not a love song

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  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. she totally tries to avoid the problem by contemplating the mechanics of a song. but obviously the it's the song beneath this song she wants you to think about. like the face behind the mask. i hope this makes some sort of sense.
    ijohnnyzon May 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i think this is just maria telling us that love songs aren't supposed to go on endlessly with cryptic lyrics nobody'll bother to understand.
    but, instead, by having conor accompany her, she shows us that under all of that unimportant context, all that really matters is the music
    behind it, the song beneath the song and you sharing it with the one you love.
    i love maria taylor's voice, it's perfect; smooth and silky.
    at first, when i read that conor was accompanying her, i figured their voices would clash horribly but really, this song is even better with his voice in it.
    vulgaron February 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so soothing... I could fall asleep to it. Its probably my favorite on the cd. I think I hear conor oberst singing along on the second verse, but I'm not sure.
    brokenspoonson May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe is, I can hear him. It sounds kind of strange though - Maria accompanying Conor is cool, Conor accompanying Maria is kind of weird, since her voice is so silky and his is sort of raw. But nontheless, I love the lyrics in this one :)
    newsboyhaton May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very wonderful, but I don't like Conor showing up. I mean, I love his music and I think he's a wonderful singer/songwriter but it just doesn't feel right.
    thomas doyleon May 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI must be deaf but I can't hear Conor.

    It's a good song this one. Really well-crafted.
    .
    dorareeveron June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's Conor.

    He's probably in it because they are in love with each other.
    EntierlyKruon June 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really think that it's conor too...but maybe my obssession with him has gotten to the point where i think i hear him, but really it isnt...
    my_own_parasiteon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's definitely conor. their voices blend so well!
    laurasauruson August 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy girlfriend rocielle ann loves this song. so this is for you. i love you.
    pink_loveon August 25, 2005   Link

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