My love is selfish
And I bet that yours is too
What is this peculiar word called truth

My love is selfish
Ad it cares not who it hurts
It will cut you out to satisfy its thirst
For the meaning of a ritual so habitual and cursed

My love is selfish
How it separates the earth
It takes every shiny stone but leaves the dirt
For the cowards in the corner who just don't know what they're worth

They've been twisted by a hollow kind of pain
Oh I can see it in their eyes but I ignore it every day

But my love is selfish
And remembers everything
Like the first time it was moved enough to sing
How it dangled on that stage just like a puppet on a string

The meaning of a ritual
The meaning of a ritual
The meaning of a ritual
The meaning of a ritual
The meaning of a ritual
Oh the meaning of a ritual

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    General Commentthis song is so blunt and powerful.
    it realy doesnt need a explaination.
    it is something you either understand or you dont.

    i was compeletly hyterical when i saw him sing this live on jools.
    couldnt beleive my ears.
    its been awhile since a real artist entered the scene
    heaps excited to see what he comes up with in the future
    eep haha
    clownfaceon November 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhy are there no comments for villagers? the best band going ever
    Twikkion June 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe ritual is sex.

    The song is from the perspective of someone who doesn't understand "selfless" love and can only understand selfish motivations. So they conclude that everyone else is the same, with only selfish love. They pick and choose who they proclaim to love (and seduce and sleep with) for their own selfish benefits. They assume that everyone who doesn't go for their own benefit like is doing it out of cowardice, not because of any emotional attachment to those they dismiss as "dirt".

    The meaning of the ritual, the reason for sex, for them is lacking in any expression of intimacy and just a selfish fulfilment of carnal needs.
    TheDarkJayon February 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat an original way to look at love, is it selfish? It normally gets such good press!!
    messagefrombwon November 30, 2010   Link
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    MemoryThis song was one of those that stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. I usually forget to listen to lyrics but when I first heard the villagers it was as if I had to, their words gave me chills. That last line about the puppet, I remember hearing it for the first time and just thinking "holyshit this is good stuff" and then hitting replay continuously. It's so short and simple, but it's so poetic that it can't not be memorable.
    robofish3000on March 05, 2014   Link

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