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All I Ever Needed To Know About Love

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All I ever needed to know about love, I learned form the Goo Goo Dolls. This band with songs such as "Iris", "Slide", and "Black Balloon" speak of the longing that comes with love lost for example in the song "Black Balloon" The singer talks about the fact that "A thousand other boys could never reach you, how could I have been the one." In "Iris" The speaker talks about the fact that regardless of what the world thinks, his love will continue, "you can't fight the tears that ain't coming, but I know you can feel me some how... I don't want the world to see me cause I don't think that they'd understand." In the song "Slide" they speak more of the sexual side of love "I want to

wake up where you are."

Music as a whole has always appealed to the senses and the emotions form the ancient but still popular African drum rhythms to the much more complicated rhythms of the Goo Goo Dolls music has changed but it still revolves around the same basic connotation emotions such as love. While the context of what love is has changed over the years the same basic elements have stayed the same, longing, desire, hope, despair, are all constant throughout the years of songs. What was taboo a few years ago is now almost normal; 15 years ago there were few songs about sex now almost every song contains a reference to it, and if not directly to it than something that is a figurative reference to sex. The Goo Goo Dolls in their song "Slide" defiantly refer to sex " I want to

wakeup where you are, I won't say anything at all..." however later in their song that also advocate marriage "May do you want to

get married?" it is this that is unusual in the mainstream pop/rock persuasion, while most artists are talking about one night stands the Goo Goo



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