"Better Than Love" as written by Theo Hutchcraft, Adam Anderson and Joseph Cross....
Every second is a lifetime,
And every minute more brings you closer to god,
And you see nothing but the red lights,
You let your body burn like never before,
And it feels better than love,
Yeah it feels better than love

Every second is a lifetime,
And every minute more brings you closer to god,
And you see nothing but the red lights,
You let your body burn like never before,
And it feels better than love,
Yeah it feels better than love

Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway,
It's not enough

Another second in the sunshine,
A decade in the dark taking part in a dream,
Have you forgotten what she looks like?
Or do you only see what you want to believe?

Does it feel better than love?
Does it feel better than love?

Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway,
It's not enough

I see the lights through the rain, oh tonight, but they never change,
So what is love?

Does it feel better than love?
Does it feel better than love?

Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway,
It's not enough

I see the lights through the rain, oh tonight, but they never change,
So what is love?


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"Better Than Love" as written by Gregory Perkins Daniel Atkins

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    General CommentWOW! These guys are so amazing! I love how they sound like they're bringing back 80s disco. However I have no idea what this song is about, although it's probably not directly about love. And the video doesn't make a whole heap of sense either. But this is still such an incredibly wonderfully catchy song :)
    Delilah8on August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot sure about the drugs to be honest. I think it's more about going out partying, trying to pretend that you're having a good time clubbing, getting drunk, having a laugh etc. after a break up.

    "Every second is a lifetime,
    And every minute more brings you closer to god"
    Every minute more brings you closer to God - doesn't want to waste time, wants to go out and have fun partying, not "dying" and waiting to get closer to god so to speak.

    "And you see nothing but the red lights,
    You let your body burn like never before"
    Red lights - red light districts, partying, drugs as well (but not just drugs), alcohol, sex etc. Your body burn - I think that's a fairly good description of when you go out, let your hair down and just go out purely to get smashed and have fun.

    "And it feels better than love,
    Yeah it feels better than love"
    As it says on the tin - this partying etc is better than the relationship you were recently in.

    "Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway,
    It's not enough"
    Basically the partying/going out is him turning away from the relationship, closing his eyes at how hurt he is, or how much he loved the girl, and running away from the pain, but, despite pretending that it is "better than love", ultimately, "it's not enough".

    "Another second in the sunshine,
    A decade in the dark taking part in a dream,
    Have you forgotten what she looks like?
    Or do you only see what you want to believe?"
    Not quite sure about the first two lines, but the bottom two lines are asking whether he has truly forgotten the girl, or whether he's just seeing her in negative way/not picturing her at all to try and trick himself into thinking he's alright about the breakup/moving on.

    "I see the lights through the rain, oh tonight, but they never change,
    So what is love?"
    He sees the red lights, can see the partying, but at the end of the day, it's just the same, it's not fulfilling like being in a relationship is. And if he truly does think this is "better than love", what exactly is love?
    bored13579on November 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis was the first song I heard by Hurts and I just got hooked. Theo uses his real vocals [unlike people auto tuning their voices] and Adam plays beautifully. Also, kudos to Richard and his amazing opera skills. I love these guys.
    SashaPandaon November 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a pretty terrific song. Just discovered these guys and I hope they have long and prosperous careers. They sound absolutely amazing!
    minimalistlivingon January 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst thing that came up in my mind was: drugs.

    "Every second is a lifetime,
    And every minute more brings you closer to god,
    And you see nothing but the red lights,
    You let your body burn like never before"
    when you're on drugs you have no perception of time and space. And if they're strong they can be very dangerous, so they "bring you closer to God" (if you know what I mean). The rest of the verse is always about how you feel on drugs.

    "Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway"
    Being on drugs makes him feel so light and free, he uninhibitedly does random things such as spinning round, with eyes closed, and running somewhere far (maybe not even for real, but just in his imagination).

    "It's not enough"
    I think that's clear. He wants more.

    "And it feels better than love"
    "Does it feel better than love?"
    When I first heard this line I immediately thought of Trainspotting, 1993 film about drugs and drug addicts (if someone hasn't seen it, I highly recommend to). In this movie there's a line, talking about heroin, that says that it is "better than sex". So I think the speaker's asking himself if that drug trip of his is actually better than love, with the following thought
    "so what is love?"
    cause seeing the marvellousness and awesomeness of it he probably doesn't get why people still prefer "love" to drugs. Maybe he doesn't really know what IS love?

    The rest of the lyrics are basically just images of his psychedelic and amazing trip.
    psychedelicgleeon August 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonGood song, although I can't help but be reminded of the HIM version of Wicked Game during the 'and it feels better than love'.
    fucton June 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a beautiful song...i think that this guy feels that love is a waste of time and brings a lot of pain..
    "every second is a life time" means that time is precious so not to waste it..u an die any second of time

    "every minute more brings u closer to god" means that as every minute passes u move closer to death...

    "u see nothin but the red light" well this is a bit confusing...i think he's tokin about the red light from the flemes of hell..the bad deeds u are forced to do in love leads u to hell..

    "and u let ur body burn like never before" means that the flames of hell are the worse flames u have ever faced in life...its very painful...

    now here is wot he tries to say "and it feels better than love"..what he wants to say here is that the pain u get in the flames of hell is better than the pain u get in love..and he assures that yes it is better than love..


    then he warns other people by saying "turn away,turn away,close your eyes u can run away."..here he means that u still have time..dont fall in love..turn away from love..then ull be able to escape..
    MUBAZA111on October 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about narcissim

    The highs experienced by narcissim makes the narcissist feel closer to god

    narcissists are addicts to supply, they feed off people and they see the red lights but they do it anyway.
    puzzlebreakeron May 06, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningMy opinion is that he is talking about an orgasm in the first part /every minute more brings you closer to god, let your body burn like never before, you see nothing buth the red lights etc.He is talking about the superior strength of sexuality and he says it feels better than love.
    But in the other part he says it's not enough and this time there is a question mark /does it feel better than love which means he is not sure about that so what he is trying to say is that pure satisfaction is nothing comparing to love and the fullfillment it brings. Sex without love in the end brings misery. It can only bring temporary satisfaction, it's nothing wrong to try, but just not enough in the end;)
    sunasceon January 04, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about people mistaking real feelings, we often mix passion with love, and think that something can be better than love. Main character is searching for love but every new meeting gives him only merely interest not more.

    "Every second is a lifetime,
    And every minute more brings you closer to god,
    And you see nothing but the red lights,
    You let your body burn like never before" - The first two lines above are clear; time goes by much faster than we think. We often use it unconcerned and nonchalant,not seeing the real things that matter in love,but the "red lights"(drugs,party,one night stand sex).

    "Turn away, turn away, close your eyes, you can runaway" - You always can concentrate on making your living better,not destroying your soul and body with the "red lights" . You can always run away from the wrong,but you can't always see it and realize it.

    "Does it feel better than love?" - In this moment,the character realizes that he missed some important things in love and he's questioning himself was it all worth it for the "red lights".

    Such a beautiful,touching song to me.
    Kaya1on March 10, 2013   Link

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