"With Our Love" as written by and David Byrne....
It's just a look, it makes the boys quiver
Yes, it's the look and now they remember
Had they forgotten, what this all means?
I think they want to forget and they hope that this time
(That this time)

I won't look, I've got other things to do now
I forgot what it was, I've got to get to work now
They set an example for us, I see it
It can happen to me too
And it didn't make any difference to us

But I forgot the trouble, that's the trouble
Forgot the trouble, that's the trouble
Forgot the trouble, that's the trouble
Our love, with our love, with our love

They hear the words, such as,"You're really special"
And they can't face the feeling and they can't really tell
I look out the window and I, I call that education
And I, I see all my friends standing out there
And I, I call that education, sophistication

?
That won't be a fairytale
Because things come and go and I see 'em
But I, I won't be neglected, not this time

I won't look, I've got other things to do now
I forgot what it was, I've got to get to work now
They set an example for us, I see it
It can happen to me too
And it didn't make any difference to us

But I forgot the trouble, that's the trouble
Forgot the trouble, that's the trouble
Forgot the trouble and that's the trouble
Our love, with our love, with our love


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"With Our Love" as written by David Byrne

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    General Commentit seems this song deals with the annoyance of insecurity with the direction of a relationship, and how a person, because of this insecurity, can start to look to other relationships for justification of their confused actions, and they eventually forget why they're in the relationship at all because they're so focused on outside influences.

    i have no idea what he means by "the look", some kind of action that instigates all of these confused feelings? he's probably talking about a personal instance in which it happened to him.

    im not sure if thats exactly it, but i think im close.
    saladboyon December 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationDavid Byrne is a bodhisattva. Just listen to to Good Thing to see how his arrow was pointed, so ealiy in his life. There he says "watch me work." In this song he says "I've got to get to work now."

    This song is about recognizing the difference between ordinary / everyday things and the ultimate true nature of things (who \ what we really are). The example in the lyrics is love. If pure love is untainted by ego and self-serving interests, when the boys get "the look" their ordinary / everyday interests take over and all else is forgotten.

    But the songwriter "won't look." He won't be distracted from his straight line to the good thing... He has purity in his heart and work to do to get there. He remembers instead the bodhisattvas that paved the way (accomplished higher states off mind). They:

    set an example for us, I see it
    It can happen to me too

    But continually remembering to do this work requires some effort, or "trouble." And forgetting it, becomes in a lyrical twist, the very trouble with our love. Forgetting, then, becomes love with strings attached, or tainted, self-interested love.

    Then we hear ordinary words, like "You're really special" and we get confused because we can't really tell in the miasma of the mundane. After all, realizing pure love is a very subtle state that requires some profound reflection.

    When he looks out the window he sees all the products of the ordinary world. All pretending to be sofisticated, but none of it seemingly on the path of authenticity (not so busy). And even as he sees this ordinary world, he also sees its impermanence (things come and go).

    But despite all of it, he "won't be neglected, not this time"... He "won't look." He has other things to do.
    pinyonjon December 28, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI think this song deals with how men might fall for a woman, and in doing so kind of gives a weird and antimagical description of what love is.

    Men see the girl's special charms that she will put on to appear to be something special, or lovable, or different, or having a peculiar something that the men find transcendent in a person (stop me when you get the gist...). But, being humans with brains and memories and deduction skills, they know inside that this air of magic and otherness that the girl acts with is just an act, and they know (at least partially) that it's their role to ignore the reality of it and pretend to believe that a girl is so special until they can tell themselves with confidence that it's love: "Had they forgotten ... what this all means? / I think they want to forget / And they hope that this time..."

    The narrator in the song sings this observation. It seems he wants to be better than that - to be true to himself and ignore the fake love that's been perpetuated through our history as a species: "(And they) set an example for us"

    But.. the narrator is a man, and a lonesome one, just like the other men. He attempts to delude himself, 'well maybe there is love... there's so many other people who seem to be in love': men in couples all over "set an example for us-- I see it!. It can happen to me too." And by the end, despite his knowledge of the fakeness of love (similarly to every other person he's singing to and singing about, he tells himself with as much assertiveness as he can fake to himself that he does believe in love, for "I won't be neglected (not this time!)"
    eleventyon January 16, 2010   Link

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