"I Don't Love Anyone" as written by Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Isobel Campbell....
I don't love anyone
You're not listening
You're playing with something
You're playing with yourself

I don't love anyone
You're not listening even now
You're playing with someone
You're playing with someone else

And if there's one thing that I learned when I was still a child
It's to take a hiding

I don't love anything
Not even Christmas
Especially not that
I don't love anything

No, I don't love anyone
Well maybe my sister
Maybe my baby brother too, yeah
I don't love anyone

But if there's one thing that I learned when I was still a child
It's to take a hiding
If there's one thing that I learned when I was still a child
It's to be alone

If there's one thing that I learned when I was still a child
It's to take a hiding

Out in the street today
The kids are out playing, having fun
Well I pass them by I'm not a kid, no
I don't love anyone

I met a man today
He told me something pretty strange
There's always somebody saying something
He said, the world is as soft as lace.

But I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone
I don't love anyone

If there's one thing that I learned when I was still a child
It's to take a hiding


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"I Don't Love Anyone" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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  • +5
    General CommentSurprised that no one has said what I've always understood this song to be about! Stuart of B&S is a big fan of a 1980s group named Felt. Their singer, Lawrence, is a notorious eccentric. I remember reading an interview with him saying that he basically spent all day at home alone, reading books, washing his hair, and basically passing the time until he did band-related stuff at night.

    I know that he hated Christmas and revealed that he spent the last Christmas at home alone, cooking and eating an entire turkey by himself. I don't know if he ever said the words "I don't love anyone" but it fits... but the REAL clincher is that Lawrence wrote a beautiful, delicate song called "The World Is As Soft As Lace." So I think that at the end of the song Stuart is marvelling at how someone could write a song such as that and ironically not love anyone at all.
    tunemeisteron June 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. To me it seems like it's about somebody that's trying to sound all cool and mature but all he manages to do is be adorable. This is a good song to listen to when I'm in a bad mood, it just makes me feel like sulking makes you look silly.
    iamanartbitchon May 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI've always thought of the narrator as a young-ish person, maybe early 20s, who had a rough childhood ("one that that I learnt when I was still a child it's to take a hiding"), and probably had few friends ("... when I was still at school it's to be alone").

    This has led him to put up this loving no-one front as a sort of defence against the world, to protect himself from people, because abused children can develop problems with being loved and accepting people, and to justify his loneliness.

    I think it's actually a very sad song, despite the upbeat music. I like iamanartbitch's idea though, and the story about the 80s band loner is probably true, so its probably about that.
    bumcivilianon August 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a kid who has been rejected by a girl and who is now pretending he doesn't love the girl, even though he's heart broken.

    the line about taking a hiding (taking a hiding is Scottish slang for being beaten) as a child is referring to him being beaten when he was younger and him learning to pretend he didn't care.

    Its about covering up your vulnerabilities to the world.
    JimMorriseyon July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is wonderful, it makes me smile whenever i think of it. I especially like the lines "I don't love anyone, maybe my sister, maybe my baby brother too, yeah". I find it a rather confusing song, is the author proud of not loving anyone or lamenting the fact? "The kids are playing, having fun, but I'm not a kid no, I don't love anyone" Is the fun empty or is it something that's missing? I think i prefer to think of it being missed, but that's just me, the wonder of this song for me is that it's such a versatile song.
    Belle and Sebastian are lovely
    moomoosnakeon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot even christmas!?!?
    haha cute song
    xx--xyon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems like a kid that nobody likes, so he takes the better of it, by saying it's himself that don't like them. but it's so versatile, and that's just what i get from it
    Powdharon May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems like a kid that nobody likes, so he takes the better of it, by saying it's himself that don't like them. but it's so versatile, and that's just what i get from it
    Powdharon May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheme song of the day, i'd have to say.
    Wonderful song and best part..
    "Out in the street today
    The kids are playing, having fun
    I pass them by I'm not a kid, no
    I don't love anyone"
    som3wh4td4m4g3don June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, there are two ways of looking at this song.

    The first way: it sounds like someone might have just asked the narrator why he doesn't love/appreciate them, so in the song, the narrator explains that it's nothing personal -- he doesn't love anyone at all. The person must be kidding themselves ("you're playing with yourself") if they think that the narrator might actually develop feelings for them.

    Another way of looking at it, is that the narrator could be a young kid who doesn't have any friends/playmates, and tries to shrug it off by saying that he doesn't love anyone -- he doesn't like people in general -- as opposed to admitting that maybe nobody loves him. (basically what Powdhar said)
    elfmaidon July 16, 2006   Link

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