She passed by my window
Her eyes were all aglow
And bent to pick her glove she'd dropped
From the bright and brittle snow

Nature had spoken it in the spring
With apple, plum and brand new pear
Have you time for my company?
No, I said, I have none to spare

You gotta sanctify my love
You gotta sanctify my love
You gotta sanctify my love
I ain't no lover-boy

For apple, plum and brand new pear
Soon wither on the ground
She slapped the snow from off her glove
And moved on without a sound

You gotta sanctify my love
You gotta sanctify my love
You gotta sanctify my love
I ain't no lover-boy

Sanctify my love
Sanctify my love
Sanctify my love
I ain't no lover-boy


Lyrics submitted by Jeril, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentI think the following lines, and the chorus are the key to the song:

    Have you time for my company?
    No, I said. I have none to spare

    You gotta sanctify my love
    You gotta sanctify my love
    You gotta sanctify my love
    I ain't no lover-boy

    It seems to be about a woman who wishes to be in a sexual relationship with him (hence the references to spring and fruits that "soon wither on the ground", which I interpret as meaning that a relationship without love soon withers), but he associates this person with winter, "brittle snow", with things cold and dead; and he 'ain't no lover-boy', he doesn't have time for flings. Love for him is something religious, holy, to be set apart, and he wishes to keep it free from the sin of having this person in his company.

    When she slaps the snow off her glove and moves on without a sound, it seems as if her reaction to his cool response is to brush his coldness aside, just like the snow. She appears unbothered, but her silence says otherwise.

    I think that the glove also gives away both of their feelings, because the glove is a symbol/token of affection and love. She drops it near his window, but gets snow all over it.
    the_boatmanon October 15, 2008   Link

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