To feel forgiveness, you gotta forgive
Do you see the stars or the darkness begin?
You fight your war, I fought for my life
You pay your dues and I'll pay mine

It's not war, just the end of love
Just like before but it's never enough
Oh it's never enough

You fight your war, I fight for my life
You pay your dues, and I won't pay mine
To feel forgiveness you gotta forgive
It's lost on me, I believe in revenge

It's not war, just the end of love
You've got the looks
But I've got the stars
It's not war, just the end of love
To feel some tenderness
Do you have to give up?
Do you have to give up?
Ooh do you have to give up?

It's not war, just the end of love
(just the end of...)
Just like before, but it's never enough
It's not war just the end of love
You weathered the storm but sheltered the loss
but sheltered the loss
but sheltered the loss

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  • +2
    General Comment'So, the opening track of the album, (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love, it was gonna be the title of the album but we thought it was a bit of a complicated one. Lyrically it's just a song of duality really, the idea that even at 41 it's the same kind of preoccupations that scarred us from the age of 16 to 22.'
    -Nicky Wire
    manic4manicson February 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seemed to me they were talking about the media driven divide between Eastern and Western countries and how we are continuously reminded 'they're different from us' through the way in which reporting is localised. Regardless of whether countries are 'at war' or not, there's often a threatening angle in the way foreign countries are represented through how they practice religion or specifically with the Manics in mind, whether they're communist or not. for example.... "The End Of Love" is to me the end of tolerance. It's far more appealing in the media world to maintain the idea of a divide despite no actual waring. The US and Russia comes to mind... They stopped fighting years ago, but there's hardly ever a report on Russia that doesn't mention 'reds' or the 'cold war'.
    lateleighon December 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPartly about relations between countries, partly about Richey
    Moominpapaon March 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about their attitude towards the Labour Party? "You pay your dues...." They were regarded as a party for the people, particularly the trade unions. Now, although they don't hate them (it's not 'war'), they don't feel an affiliation with them anymore ('just the end of love'_
    daneypopson June 08, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's seen as 2 sides to the story. He thinks the way he is feeling is completely opposite to that of the woman.
    "it's not war - just the end of love"
    He sees that it's just the end but thinks the woman holds a bitter grudge, hence why he states it isn't war. For both of them to just move on...

    "you fight your war, i fight for my life"
    Like here, he thinks she is so concerned about fighting a war with him over the breakup. Whereas he fights for his 'life' because of the heartbreak.

    Love this song anyway, I have a good feeling about this album. The Manics are class.
    JakeUtdon September 06, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNot since 'Stole the Sun' have they summed up rejection in love so well. Anyone can get over a breakup, but imagine such strong love, and how it makes you think in ways that may be self-defeatist. Thats love for you right there, rejection, something you can't have, twisting away at your guts. More rock n roll approach and similar meaning to Massive Attack's Unfinished sympathy for me.

    With heavy emphasis on 'I fight for my life'. Being wounded when life is hard enough anyway - this is starting to sound like my autobiography so I'll leave it there, it's a great opener, a very 'In storms the manics after braving yet more of the storm, having a row, and thrashing out the latest bout of life misery, no gentle intro, lets just get on with the fight!!!!' And thats why I like em!
    admeanson September 22, 2010   Link

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