My love is like a powder keg
My love is like a powder keg in the corner of an empty warehouse
Somewhere just outside of town
About to burn down

My love is like a Cuban plane
My love is like a Cuban plane flying from Havana
Up the Florida coast to the 'Glades
Soviet made

Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania
Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania
Trucks loaded down with weapons
Crossing over every night
Moon yellow and bright
There is a shortage in the blood supply
But there is no shortage of blood
The way I feel about you baby can't explain it
You got the best of my love

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

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    General CommentI'm currently living in Greece, and was curious about the line about the border between Greece and Albania.
    Overall, Greeks and Albanians have strained relations, though recently they've both viewed each other as necessary trading partners. To simplify it excessively, it's like Greece is the U.S., and Albania is Mexico. (Of course, neither European counterpart is as developed/powerful as their American metaphor.) The cultural prejudices, from what I've seen, are similar, too.

    A little bit of research has turned up this:…
    "In August 1987, Albania signed a treaty with Greece formally ending the state of war that had existed between the two countries since World War II."
    "In 1994, the border disputes that have occurred since the creation of Albania flared into violence as Greek and Albanian border guards fought against each other in sporadic clashes. Greece expelled over 1,500 Albanians working in Greece without permits."
    dash-mon January 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA friend who went to a mountain goat's show said that the song was introduced by saying, "you know that feeling when your sigificant other drinks the last beer in the fridge...."
    melittabeeon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdash-m, in 1997 or thereabouts the Albanian government briefly imploded and a lot of small arms were "liberated" from weapons depots after much of the army left its posts. Much of those guns were then smuggled out of the country via Greece and on to the global arms market. I think that's what's being referred to here rather than some Greek-Albanian tension at a governmental level.
    jfruhon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentahh. one of my most favorite of beutiful love songs. may it be sung to many a lover on many a moonlit night.
    fuckedupdogon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song, much like the song "Love Love Love" is about how love can be also be a destructive force. It isn't always Honkey Dorey. Love can be confusing, painful and terrifying. Consider crimes of passion, Murder done in the sake of love.

    great song though
    BobbyBSeeon June 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe analogy I am most familiar with is the Soviet-made Cuban plane. That's a reference to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviets had missiles and Cuba ready to fire at and wipe out all of the U.S. at any given time. The Cold War wasn't actually a war, but it was getting really close to being one.

    So the idea of this song is, the alpha male and female haven't actually started trying to kill each other yet, but they are getting REALLY close to that point and they know it.
    cbinghamon January 16, 2018   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the first mg songs i heard, and therefore, it'll always be favorited in my heart, especially since everytime i hear it i think of the day i first heard it! it means more to me than just lyrical reference...

    that is all!!!
    doRabeThon May 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmelittabee, gotta love JD's intros.
    weezerific:cutleryon July 26, 2007   Link

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