Songs & Lyrics

Selfless Love

Florent Pagny

(translated)

Knowing how to love

Knowing how to smile
To an unknown woman passing by
Not keeping any trace of it
Except pleasure
Knowing how to love
Without expecting anything in return
Neither esteem nor a great love story
Not even the hope to be loved

(chorus)
But knowing how to give
Giving without taking back
Only learning
Learning how to love
Loving without waiting
Loving to take everything
Learning how to smile
Perfunctorily
Without wanting what goes with it
And learning how to live
And leaving

Knowing how to wait
Tasting this utter happiness
That you were so desperate to find
That you receive it as if by mistake
Picturing yourself believing
To fool the fear of the void
Fixed in yourself like wrinkles
Tarnishing the mirrors

(chorus)

Knowing how to suffer
In silence, without a whimper
Neither defense nor armor
Suffering to death wish
And picking yourself up
As you are reborn from your own ashes
With so much overflowing love
That you can forget the past

(chorus)

Learning how to dream
Dreaming for two
Just by closing your eyes
And knowing how to give
Giving without mistake
Whole-heartedly
Learning how to stay
Desiring until the end
Staying regardless
Learning how to love
And leaving
And leaving

“You Owe Me Nothing In Return”
Alanis Morissette

I’ll give you countless amounts of outright acceptance if you want it
I will give you encouragement to choose the path that you want if you need it
You can speak of anger and doubts your fears and freak outs and I’ll hold it
You can share your so-called shame filled accounts of times in your life and I won’t judge it
(and there are no strings attached to it)

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give
You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have
I give you thanks for receiving it’s my privilege
And you owe me nothing in return

You can ask for space for yourself and only yourself and I’ll grant it
You can ask for freedom as well or time to travel and you’ll have it
You can ask to live by yourself or love someone else and I’ll support it
You can ask for anything you want anything at all and I’ll understand it
(and there are no strings attached to it)

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give
You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have
I give you thanks for receiving it’s my privilege
And you owe me nothing in return

I bet you’re wondering when the next payback shoe will eventually drop
I bet you’re wondering when my conditional police will force you to cough up
I bet you wonder how far you have now danced you way back into debt
This is the only kind of love as I understand it that there really is

You can express your deepest of truths even if it means I’ll lose you and I’ll hear it
You can fall into the abyss on your way to your bliss I’ll empathize with
You can say that you have to skip town to chase your passion and I’ll hear it
You can even hit rock bottom have a mid-life crisis and I’ll hold it
(and there are no strings attached)

Thinking about the German

Lyrics to How It Ends by Devotchka
Hold your grandmother’s bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted it to be blessed
And in your heart
You know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

There is no escape
From the slave catcher’s songs
For all of the loved ones gone
Forever’s not so long
And in your soul
They poked a million holes
But you never let them show
Come on its time to go

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

Now you’ve seen his face
And you know that there’s a place in the sun
For all that you’ve done
For you and your children
No longer shall you need
You always wanted to believe
Just ask and you’ll receive
Beyond your wildest dreams

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

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