Wednesday, 10 February 2010

The Lexicon of Love #3: Obsession

You might wake up some mornin'
To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind
And if you're quick enough to rise
You'll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone's fading shadow
Bob Lind - Elusive Butterfly

Surely Bob Lind's 'Elusive Butterfly' is one of the creepiest love songs of all time. Frankly I'd rather not catch a fleeting glimpse of anyone's fading shadow or be 'followed close by heavy breathing'. This song's threatening message is thinly veiled by the sweetness of the orchestration.

Morrissey's another man who's no stranger to love of the obsessive variety. On 'The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get' he describes his unusual seduction techinique which sounds more like a war of attrition than a whirlwind romance. 

When you sleep I will creep Into your thoughts
Like a bad debt that you can't pay
Take the easy way and give in
That said, he sounded very charming on Desert Island Discs.

Morrissey: The More You Ignore Me...
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Morrissey - The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get 

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