A strange kind of love
A strange kind of feeling
Swims through your eyes
And like the doors
To a wide vast dominion
They open to your prise
This is no terror ground
Or place for the rage
No broken hearts
White wash lies
Just a taste for the truth
Perfect taste choice and meaning
A look into your eyes
Blind to the gemstone alone
A smile from a frown circles round
Should he stay or should he go
Let him shout a rage so strong
A rage that knows no right or wrong
And take a little piece of you
There is no middle ground
Or that's how it seems
For us to walk or to take
Instead we tumble down
Either side left or right
To love or to hate

Lyrics submitted by pablo, edited by m727

"Strange Kind of Love" as written by Peter John Murphy

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  • +2
    General CommentI think bambino pretty much got it right.

    The way I interpret it, a woman who is married or engaged has fallen in love with another man. The love they share is pure, but that's also the problem. This man is "blind to the gemstone" and "alone". His love for this woman transcends the very grim reality... "a smile from a frown circles 'round"... that ultimately they cannot be together. If he is unable to "walk", she must take it upon herself to end it... "let him shout a rage so strong, a rage that knows no right or wrong". This "rage" "knows no right or wrong" because it is wholly a product of love that has been denied by circumstances beyond one's control or understanding. "There is no middle ground" is pretty self explanatory. "Or that's how it seems" would indicates to me that neither are sure of what to make of this love, hence why it is "strange". "For us to walk, or to take (from each other)" is the choice both are faced with. They "tumble down" is a result of their indecision. "To love or to hate" is the path they will choose.

    Beautiful song, really.
    cartridgeon March 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe way I interpret this song is by a love triangle. The girl must choose ("either side left or right") between two guys. "There is no middle ground."

    Could be just between a guy and a girl, but the line "for us to walk" suggests that there's two decisions and that one of them is going to love her for it and the other is going to hate her for it.

    Once, again, I relate this to one of my own experiences.
    toughguybambinoon April 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret the song as follows (including the build up of the music): the first verse is obviously explaining how good and perfect this girl is, so good that she's never heart broken...which angers whoever 'he' is, but when he sees her he realises theres no place for his rage (the doors open and he sees what he sees).

    The second verse is where 'he' fights with himself, the 'girl' or whoever 'you' may be is never heartbroken and therefore doesnt know right from wrong in the world of relationships and romance. she's blind and he doesnt know whether to smile or frown. Again he is angered.

    Finally theres the conclusion/moral of the song: theres no middle ground ; you either have a burning hatred or burning love for someone and sometimes its one and the same thing.

    but thats just me.
    axxon_non June 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe good side of obsession and compulsion.
    Wonder Nedon August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song with a burnign passion. . .
    LoveMeMoreThanToaston December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really cool, we need to know in what kind of land we live, the truth is all you can feel and not in the ancient believes. I like the last instrumental part of this song.
    JOY_DIVISIONon May 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was lucky enough, ten years ago, to capture a live rendition of this song on the radio. I don't know where was it performed, but it brings tears to my eyes. It's so powerful... much better than this studio version.
    Moshon February 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably my favorite P. Murphy tune. It is about the duality of a love-hate relationship with, really, anyone. What a beautifully haunting tune, eh? Although a keyboard sample adds a nice effect near the end of the song, try and find the "rare" recording of this. I have one that uses a flute instead. Outstanding.

    I love to cover this song when I play open mics in my area (Chicago).
    VocalsRynoon June 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFirst of all: the great thing about music is... music means something different to eveyone.

    For me- It's about the child inside of all us. He may be writing about a past lover whose inner child inside never grew into the 'adut that the child dreamed of...' or himself or Both?? And that child takes the line later in life to Love or to Hate.
    treeringson May 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationKnowing that Peter grew up Catholic and then apparently embraced Islamic beliefs around 1990 when this song was released - I believe it represents Peter's inner discussion about his Catholic faith and then his eventual move to an Islamic influence.

    The first verse symbolizes his view of Jesus Christ and the promise of heaven.
    The second verse symbolizes what heaven offers.
    The third verse symbolizes the "hold" that Catholicism has on him.
    The fourth verse symbolizes that he must choose between his faiths.
    The fifth verse in the newer (extended) version discusses "Somebody sometime has to leave another - for a place ..." and then repeats the second verse which describes heaven.

    I believe, and its only my opinion, that the song represents his struggle with growing up Catholic and then turning to Islam later in life. (He eventually moved to Turkey) The fifth verse which was added later essentially implies that entry to heaven can be obtained through faith - be it Catholic or Islamic doctrine.
    m727on July 15, 2013   Link

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