Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
'Cause I've heard so much about it
They say, "Hey, you can't live without it"

Welcome to the human race
With its wars, disease and brutality
You with your innocence and grace
Restore some pride and dignity
To a world in decline

Welcome to a special place
In a heart of stone that's cold and gray
You with your angel face
Keep the despair at bay
Send it away, and

Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
'Cause I've heard so much about it
I don't want to live without it
I don't want to live without it
Oh, I want love
I want love
I want love

Welcome here from outer space
The Milky Way is still in your eyes
You found yourself a hopeless case
One that's seeking perfection on earth
That's some kind of rebirth, so

Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
'Cause I've heard so much about it
Don't make me live without it
Oh, love
I want love
I want
I want love

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  • +2
    General CommentI always thought this song was about a birth...

    "Welcome here from outer space." The birth of her newborn is so extraordinary that it seems that he/she is from another world.

    "Show me the meaning of the word." Show me how to love, show me what real love is about. The love between a child and a parent.

    It's actually a really simple and straightforward song, but that's what makes it so beautiful. :)
    canuckgirl105on January 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commenteven dedicated atheists often fall back on spiritual metaphors when speaking of a love so deep (as for one's child) that mere words seem inadequate to express it.

    oh yeah there's also the prevalence of atheists (as I had been, for over 30 years!) who routinely include the word "God" in their speech repertoire: breaking the Third Commandment in the process. not that non-Biblical folks are much concerned about the Decalogue anyhow. hey, I'm not intending to come across all judgmental--myself having been on "both sides now," after all--just amused by the internal contradictions. which we ALL share, in one form or another.
    foreverdroneon November 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, she talk about her first son.
    botonazulon December 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyep, cgirl105, couldn't agree more.

    wow, a song I played in my college days--I'm an old old man now--and even at age 20, I considered the Pretenders rather too mainstream, a bit of a guilty pleasure.

    and the previous remark--about a song performed more than 20 years ago--was posted last week.

    then I pull the somehow-still-playable disc from the depths of my collection, making it one of the very last rock CDs to be added to my iTunes library.

    hearing this song again after so many years! now, I've lived long enough not to scoff at the sentiment. it's touching.

    BTW I was a preemie...rather tiny (seeing photos of myself at one month, I think I look like an alien). doctors not being particularly aware regarding child-parent bonding--at least, not in that small town in the mid-'60s--they kept me at the hospital for over a week, 'cause when they put me at my mother's breast I refused to eat.

    the crux of the matter: the great minds at maternity were concerned I might fail to thrive, but unconcerned enough to send my parents home. meaning I spent the first eight or so days of my life almost entirely without the warmth of a human touch, except when my mother first held me (and then left! as she was told to do)...or, when the nurses had to take my vital signs.

    told this to a friend, a few months back. she thought it was a small miracle I survived the experience.

    it's no joke. "they say you can't live without it." neglected and unloved babies die. it happens a lot, unfortunately, in this cold and grey world. but fortunately human children appear to be born with an enormous stockpile of optimism, and frequently recover from all sorts of awful things.

    (unless the strain is too great, OR the withheld love is never ever going to return, OR the traumas--large or small--are simply repeated way too often over way too long a period.)
    foreverdroneon January 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually the Learning to Crawl LP was released 28 years ago. (a bit more than just 20)...never was good at arithmetic.
    foreverdroneon January 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf this does not have a dual meaning, then it's an amazing coincidence. I'm an atheist, but even I can admire the Christ metaphors: "Angel face" , "perfection", "the word" , "grace", "rebirth". Very touching song.
    jamesravon April 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA gorgeous love song about a guy who has lost love.
    sonnysrageon September 21, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Commentnot their best song, but it does have a nice typical 80's synthesizer who's hook you won't forget, mainly because it's repetetive; still a nice song and a minor hit.
    Flyersfanon October 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment
    SHOW ME THE MEANING OF THE WORD = Show me the meaning of the bible

    YOU WITH YOUR INNOCENCE AND GRACE/ RESTORE SOME PRIDE AND DIGNITY TO A WORLD = The world has alot of problems God can restore the good in the world.

    KEEP THE DESPAIR AT BAY SEND IT AWAY = cast the devil or evil away

    THAT'S SOME KIND OF REBIRTH = Jesus died for our sins

    She is talking to god or someone religious & ask show me the meaning of the bible I have heard so much about it they say you can't live without it. Asking god to help fix the wrongs in the world & keep the devil away.

    BSANONYMOUSon April 14, 2009   Link

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