"Love Is a Verb" as written by and John Mayer....
Love is a verb
It ain't a thing
It's not something you own
It's not something you scream

When you show me love
I don't need your words
Yeah love ain't a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain't a thing
Love is a verb

Love ain't a crutch
It ain't an excuse
No you can't get through love
On just a pile of I-O-Us

Love ain't a drug
Despite what you've heard
Yeah love ain't a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain't a thing
Love is a verb

So you gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb

You gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb

Love ain't a thing
Love is a verb


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"Love Is a Verb" as written by John Mayer

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    Song MeaningI feel like its about someone having to ACT when they have feelings .. its not enough to just have the feelings and send good thoughts or little hints. Sometimes you need to just show it and be more direct about it. Thats why Mayer compares Love to being an ACTION
    thyi319on July 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read somewhere that this song is a perfect response to Taylor's "Mine"

    Love isn't something you own, and love isn't a thing. Never say "Mine" in love.

    These are all many misconceptions of love. But we're all different- love can mean different things for different people. Love ain't a thing; you can't hold it in possession. It's a verb, so show it. He maybe just wants someone (like specificly) to show him love. He doesn't want her words because sometimes those don't mean shit. Actions speak louder and are most times more sincere.

    Can't believe nobody commented yet. Anyway, I hope this song is on his new album because I really like it and would enjoy hearing a studio version.
    hopeishere56on October 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove aint a drug / despite what you've heard

    Reference to Ke$ha song, "Your Love is my Drug." Pretty cool dig at pop music.
    fishyfishyyeahon June 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most perfect song for a first dance at a wedding. Nobody steal my idea! :P haha too bad the chances of me getting married anytime soon are slim to none. This song is going to be overused by the time I get married.
    .distance.eleven.on May 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentObviously a very talented man. Love his music. This one is not bad. It'a about love being physical...in one's physical life, as well as emotional and spiritual, of course. Once you have it, you know it and you have to work (and play) to make it last.
    ILUVUon May 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this is him responding to what many songs say about love and how that it's not something you can hold, it's something you have to keep trying at.
    jmusic10on May 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI was listening to Ours by taylor swift and i thought that maybe in a way this is a reply to that. He says Love is a verb its not something you own contrary to what she was saying 'The stacks are high , the water's rough but this love is ours.'
    I dont know who Ours is about though, she says something bout the gap in your teeth and a tattoo .. Some people say its Jake Gyllenhall(sp?) so yeah.. either way im pretty sure this song has a little bit of a link with that. I gotta say John is really more sutle and classy with his song writing, Taylor should try that .. ehm Dear John ehm.

    Man i wonder if John ever stumbles across these, reads and laughs to himself. It must be cool to know what you mean and watch others buffle over what the heck he you're actually talking about. haha
    Tino44on June 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not something you ***hold, its not something you scream.

    One of the best from the album
    <3jcm<3
    bri412on September 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this song is about fucking. And alot of it, too. IMO, it's in the same vein as "More Than Words" which is another song about fucking. The funniest thing is that both songs have been and will be played at weddings until the end of time. And I truly believe that most of the time, those people that choose to play them at their own weddings don't understand what they're really about. LOL!!!

    Props to JM for this lyric "YOU gotta show show show show me" like he's just gonna lay there while she does all the work!!! Masterful.
    KatieClearon July 18, 2013   Link

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