Lyric discussion by minuette 

Absolutely. There is something mysteriously wise in "And if I get pregnant, I guess I'll just have the baby" - it is the prettiest nugget of nihilistic optimism in this song.

Which is what this song is. There isn't much self-assuredness going on here with the "I guess"es and the supplications for love, but there is the brave attempt at it. At trying to cut away all the BS of what people think they need or are told they need - marriage, babies, all symbols in place of what they represent: the ability to love and be loved. Jenny is so mature.

The atheism in this song also comes innocently from a similar place: It's hard to know what to make of the supposedly tried and tested institutions (religion, marriage) - "I've been trying to nod my head but it's like I've got a broken neck" - they have merits and they have flaws and it's all so complicated. All she knows is simple: that they are supposed to provide love, and that's really all people go for.

It comes off as selfish or simple-minded but it's the feeling of not wanting to hide from the truth of it - that's it, just be loved be loved be loved be loved. and keep trying.

I am curious about what book she is alluding to when she says "I read with every broken heart we should become more adventurous" ... anyone know?

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