And it's only doubts that we're counting
On fingers broken long ago
I read with every broken heart
We should become more adventurous

And if you banish me from your profits
And if I get banished from the kingdom up above
I'd sacrifice money and heaven all for love
Let me be loved
Let me be loved

And if my brain quits
Well I guess then that's just it
And if my hands stop workin'
You can call me lazy
And if I get pregnant
I guess I'll just have the baby
Let it be loved
Let me be loved

I've been tryin' to nod my head
But it's like I've got a broken neck
I want to say I will
As my last testament
For me to be saved and you to be brave
We don't have to walk down that aisle
Because if marriage ain't enough well
At least we'll be loved

I felt the wind on my cheek
Comin' down from the east
And thought about how we are all
As numerous as leaves on trees
And maybe ours is the cause of all
Mankind getting love make more
And try to stay alive

I've been tryin' to nod my head
But it's like I've got a broken neck
I want to say I will
As my last testament
For me to be saved and you to be brave
We don't have to walk down that isle
Because if marriage ain't enough well
At least we'll be loved


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    it sounds to me like "i've been trying to nod my head" not "knock"

    Mopnuggeton October 01, 2004   Link
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    and if i get pregnant i guess i'll just have the baby - best line. don't know why. the song is all about how marriage is legalized prostitution. in simpler terms. i very much enjoy this song. she doesn't need a ring to know it's love.

    okieon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    I thought the song was about not worrying what might happen and just...love. :) Maybe I'm silly.

    whatwewason April 13, 2005   Link
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    I agree with "And if I get pregnant I guess I'll just have the baby" being a great lyric. I think it's because, most people I know, myself included, if we were to get pregnant we'd freak thinking what we were going to die. But she says simply, well I guess I'll just have it and hope for the best. Many people have a hard time answering that question, but she makes it seem easy.

    My favorite line, by far, is 'let me be loved'. I suppose because I think the very same quite often

    rockstrNdisguiseon January 05, 2006   Link
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    "each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous" -meditations in an emergency by frank o'hara (great poem, great poet)

    i don't know if the song is actually referencing this poem, but it seems that it could be. either way, it is a beautiful song. her voice is perfect throughout.

    ccbellaon May 16, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I think this song is about the struggle of deciding if she should marry a man she loves to make him happy, or stay true to her own beliefs which go against marriage.

    "It's only doubts that we're counting on fingers broken long ago." This seems to be saying that she doubts marriage based on past broken hearts.

    "if you banish me from your profits and if i get banished from the kingdom up above i'll sacrifice money and heaven all for love let me be loved let me be loved" If she doesn't get married she won't have financial security from him and won't get into heaven, but she doesn't find those things important.

    "if my brain quits well i guess then that's just it and if my hands stop working you can call me lazy and if i get pregnant i guess i'll just have the baby" This sounds like reasons why she is afraid of getting married: she doesn't want to become a complacent housewife who doesn't work or think for herself and just has babies.

    "i've been trying to nod my head but it's like i've got a broken neck" She wants to say yes but she can't.

    "wanting to say i will as my last testament for me to be saved and you to be brave we don't have to walk down that aisle" Referring to religious reasons for getting married and that they don't worry her.

    "cause if marriage ain't enough well at least we'll be loved" Sounds like she is trying to convince herself to marry him: if marriage isn't enough to fulfill her, at least she'll be loved.

    "and maybe ours is the cause of all mankind. get loved, make more, try to stay alive" more trying to convince herself to marry him.

    kjb1689on November 05, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation

    Absolutely. There is something mysteriously wise in "And if I get pregnant, I guess I'll just have the baby" - it is the prettiest nugget of nihilistic optimism in this song.

    Which is what this song is. There isn't much self-assuredness going on here with the "I guess"es and the supplications for love, but there is the brave attempt at it. At trying to cut away all the BS of what people think they need or are told they need - marriage, babies, all symbols in place of what they represent: the ability to love and be loved. Jenny is so mature.

    The atheism in this song also comes innocently from a similar place: It's hard to know what to make of the supposedly tried and tested institutions (religion, marriage) - "I've been trying to nod my head but it's like I've got a broken neck" - they have merits and they have flaws and it's all so complicated. All she knows is simple: that they are supposed to provide love, and that's really all people go for.

    It comes off as selfish or simple-minded but it's the feeling of not wanting to hide from the truth of it - that's it, just be loved be loved be loved be loved. and keep trying.

    I am curious about what book she is alluding to when she says "I read with every broken heart we should become more adventurous" ... anyone know?

    minuetteon August 26, 2016   Link
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    these lyrics are all wrong.

    it's only doubts that we're counting on fingers broken long ago i read with every broken heart we should become more adventurous

    if you banish me from your profits and if i get banished from the kingdom up above i'll sacrifice money and heaven all for love let me be loved let me be loved

    if my brain quits well i guess then that's just it and if my hands stop working you can call me lazy and if i get pregnant i guess i'll just have the baby let it be loved let me be loved

    i've been trying to nod my head but it's like i've got a broken neck wanting to say i will as my last testament for me to be saved and you to be brave we don't have to walk down that aisle cause if marriage ain't enough well at least we'll be loved

    i've felt the wind on my cheek coming down from the east and thought about how we are all as numerous as leave on trees and maybe ours is the cause of all mankind get loved, make more try to stay alive

    i've been trying to nod my head but it's like i've got a broken neck wanting to say i will as my last testament for you to be saved and me to be brave we don't have to walk down that aisle cause if marriage ain't enough well at least we'll be loved

    xthestarslaughdxon November 02, 2004   Link
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    What a beautiful song. Jenny is telling us to get over stupid relationships and move on and better yet become "more adventurous." However, do not force love "let me be loved" such that love binds the marriage. This song represents a sort of atheist view that maybe love is greater than heaven. Something about recreation is in here too. Neat stuff.

    My favorite line: "thought about how we are all as numerous as leaves on trees and maybe ours is the cause of all mankind get loved, make more try to stay alive"

    So_many_fish_on January 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    So gorgeous. It sounds to me like Jenny is in two minds about getting married; she wants it as her "last testament", maybe because she thinks they'll be more accepted if they are married, especially if they have a baby. But she also says it's okay with her if they don't. I think she thinks marriage will ruin the love.

    art_banditon January 29, 2005   Link

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