I do believe our love's in danger.
I might as well be loving air.
You look at me like I'm a stranger,
You look at me like I'm not there.

I gaze into your eyes of blue,
But their beauty is not for me.
You're thinking on someone who's gone.
You're dreaming of the one you really love.

I made you mine,
Or so it seemed.
Though he is dead,
He haunts your dreams.

I might as well be two feet tall.
You never will love me at all.

I gaze into your eyes of blue,
But their beauty is not for me.
You're thinking on someone who's gone.
You're dreaming of the one you really love.
You're dreaming of the one you really love.

I gaze into your eyes of blue,
But their beauty is not for me.
You're thinking on someone who's gone.
You're dreaming of the one you really love.
You're dreaming of the corpse you really love


Lyrics submitted by Anne Arbour, edited by discobiscu

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  • +2
    General CommentHas anyone considered that just *maybe* this is a straighforward song about a person who is still in love with someone who has died? I'm not getting the whole metaphor vibe, I really think these lyrics are simply what they appear to be.

    Anyway, I'm still in love with a corpse too. Makes maintaining relationships difficult, to say the least. Serial sabotager, etc
    artsluton August 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really hits home. I had a big crush on this guy but he didn't even see me. He hung out with other people and stuff, I felt like a corpse...this song kicks butt! The Magnetic Fields rock!
    lady kiddoon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is so sad and reminds me so much of a couple relationships i've had. stephen merritt is truly one of my favorite songwriters
    deadhead085on December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me so much of the person i am in love with because she loves another and my feelings are left unreturned. this is exactly what i would say to her if i had the guts and the poetic knowledge.


    anyway, it's a good song. bravo!
    apollo IVon February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI loooove this song. The first time I heard it the rhythm immediately reminded me of a Johnny Cash song...so did the opening lyrics. This is a great song. I found it on a CD of love songs that my ex-boyfriend made after we broke up once, and he drove home all night to it...good grief. Anyway, it's still a good song.
    adamanteveon October 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics remind me a lot of Wuthering Heights, as if they were coming from Edgar.
    I'm sure that's not what it's about, but it fits so perfectly it's a little eerie.
    queasyon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics remind me a lot of Wuthering Heights, as if they were coming from Edgar.
    I'm sure that's not what it's about, but it fits so perfectly it's a little eerie.
    queasyon August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom the beginning "our love's in danger," this doesn't seem like it's from the point of view of a secret admirer, but more of someone in a relationship. I don't know whether the corpse part is literal(perhaps an ex that passed away?) or simply the one you love longing for someone in their past.

    And sherbear, I hadn't even thought about that! That's an interesting idea.
    toodrunktodreamon November 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I do believe our love's in danger I might as well be loving air
    You look at me like I'm a stranger You look at me like I'm not there "

    I like these lines.
    dontplagiarizeon July 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttoo relevant to my life right now .__.
    meowlaurenon August 16, 2010   Link

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