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Lyr Req: This Is Not Love (The Killjoys)

GUEST,Chuy 19 Jul 17 - 10:49 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Jul 17 - 02:34 PM
Helen 21 Jul 17 - 06:26 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Jul 17 - 12:12 PM
Helen 24 Jul 17 - 02:35 AM
Helen 24 Jul 17 - 06:45 AM
GUEST,Chuy 25 Jul 17 - 12:46 AM
Helen 25 Jul 17 - 07:26 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics
From: GUEST,Chuy
Date: 19 Jul 17 - 10:49 PM

Hi, I'm Chuy and I'm mexican. For some time I like a song, "This is not love" from The Killjoys, but I can not find the lyrics, could someone help me with that. Thanks.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r808q2yh3lI


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Subject: Lyr Add: THIS IS NOT LOVE (The Killjoys)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jul 17 - 02:34 PM

This seems to be punk rock. (I pay so little attention to this genre that I'm not even sure I know what to call it when I hear it.) But I must admit, I found the words strangely moving. This is my attempt at a transcription from the recording. There are some gaps and some uncertainties.


THIS IS NOT LOVE
Written by S. Berrington
As recorded by The Killjoys, 1982.

I'm gonna talk though there's no reason why you should listen.
Every word I say is forgotten as soon as it's said.
All the world's a stage now; nobody knows what the play is.
It's the … our minds.

CHORUS: I never thought I'd hear myself say: "This is not love."
I never thought I'd have to tell you: "This is not love."
I never thought that it would come to: "This is not love."
To the(?) "This is not love; this is desperation.
This is desperation."

We spent a lifetime trying to create a world of our own.
Somewhere we could feel safe and sure of being happy.
We never stopped to wonder where these ideas come from.
If we ever did, would we ever get anything done?

CHORUS

Well, I know that I'm not your dream, and you know that you're not mine,
But dreams are only the sugar to take away the taste of time,
And I know you don't want me, and you know I don't want you,
But in a world that's ready to bury the weak, we can …(?) just like any fruit(?).
…(?) you couldn't survive, never …(?) fears(?)
And in the end you don't really care who it is wiping away the tears.

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: Helen
Date: 21 Jul 17 - 06:26 PM

Hi Chuy & Jim Dixon,

Even though I should understand the Australian accent, I'm not so good at hearing lyrics. I tend to focus more on the music than the lyrics.


Verse one, last line, from 0:30 on track:

It's the world going [from the part?] .... burning our minds



CHORUS: 4th line, 0:55 on track
But you know "This is not love; this is desperation.


Verse 3, 2:30 on track:

But in a world that's ready to bury the weak, we can …(?) just like any fruit(?) [or is it "fool"(?)]

2:30 on track

I never dared (?) you couldn't survive, never dared(?) outlast (?) the years(?)


Maybe another Aussie can take up the challenge

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 12:12 PM

Helen: Thanks for your help.

Chorus line 4:
But you know, this is not love; this is desperation.
I agree; this is correct.

The rest of your suggestions may be correct, but I can't feel confident of them until each line makes sense as a whole, and it doesn't yet. I think we're going to need more people working on this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: Helen
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 02:35 AM

Hi Jim,

Yes, more people manning (or personning) the pump, please.

That "dared" line isn't correct grammar but it might be poetic licence, trying to fit words to the melody.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: Helen
Date: 24 Jul 17 - 06:45 AM

I did a typo, I think.

I never dared (?) we [NOT you] couldn't survive, i.e. "we" as a couple, I think.

Don't forget that some rock lyrics are not great literature. I saw a documentary on Metallica and sometimes the band members just cobble lines of lyrics together into a semblance of making sense, and it appears that what matters more is whether the words fit the melody. It explains why some of their songs are a bit obscure when trying to work out the meaning. Maybe there is no meaning, or maybe just a thin layer of intention rather than fully explainable meaning.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: GUEST,Chuy
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 12:46 AM

Hi Helen and Jim, good day to you.
Thank you very much for your help, you have helped me a lot
Now I understand the song better and I like it even more
Thanks and regards.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help with the lyrics-This Is Not Love
From: Helen
Date: 25 Jul 17 - 07:26 AM

You're welcome, Chuy.

We still don't know all the words but we are getting close to solving the puzzle, I think.

Helen


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