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Love is Such a Convenient Word for Sex

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We’ll hook up in a local bar I’ll tell you that you’re cute
You’ll say you think that I am really swell You’ll laugh at all my bad jokes and hint you’re unattached I’ll mention that I’m unattached as well.

Things will go so smoothly there will be no need to ask
What each of us is planning for the night
We both know what we’re after, we both know what we want

It’s just a cinch things will turn out right
You’ll say you love being in love, I’ll take that as my cue 
I’ll have no doubts, I sure I won’t be perplexed
It’s just a twist of language in a code we know so well
Because love is such a convenient word for sex. 

We’ll drive to my apartment and hop right in the sack
But we won’t ever mention that you won’t be coming back

When it’s over we will lie in bed and talk about it all
And we’ll make believe the things we say are real
We’ll talk about the future, talk about our love
But we both know, that’s not how we feel

In the morning when the taxi comes we’ll leap up out of bed
And you’ll race downstairs while trying to latch your bra
We’ll make plans to get together, but we won’t set a date
That wouldn’t be the right way to withdraw

I’ll kiss you on the cheek, you’ll pat me on the head
I’ll say “I love you, dear," and all the rest
That’s what you’ll hear but we’ll both know exactly what is meant
Because love is such a convenient word for sex

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As soon as I read the title, I thought "aint that the truth"? Great lyrical work. Reminds me in tone of "Love is a Four Letter Word" by Bob Dylan. Cool beans indeed!

Eric Lawson
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Thanks. But I think this is more fluff, more Bob Wills Western Swing, without the depth and darkness Dylan always manages to evoke. I suppose that's why he's Dylan and the rest of us aren't.

ugwerks
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I agree with the title - I think "love" is a filler word for people in many cases. I've never understood why people are okay with it, though. Where is the real fulfillment in a one-night stand? Where is the honor in a random hookup with a...

I agree with the title - I think "love" is a filler word for people in many cases. I've never understood why people are okay with it, though. Where is the real fulfillment in a one-night stand? Where is the honor in a random hookup with a stranger? Or are these things we just don't care about anymore? Have we succumbed to the idea that we are merely animals with a drive and the willingness to meet it one way or another? So long as the sexual appetite is satiated, huh? Even if we lose our souls in the process?

Can anyone on here look themselves in the eye in the mirror and say they are happy engaging in these encounters? (Feel free to answer but this is more a rhetorical question)

-Soulja4Alethia

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Hi. I think in time, most of us acquire sufficient wisdom to recognize the emptiness of such encounters, unless you're the world's best golfer or a former, one term senator from North Carolina. ;-)

ugwerks
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I am a bit taken aback at the moralizing going on here, given the literary nature of the site, but well let me just say that sexual exploration between two people is NORMAL! What is not normal is that we glorify violence and hatred, while...

I am a bit taken aback at the moralizing going on here, given the literary nature of the site, but well let me just say that sexual exploration between two people is NORMAL! What is not normal is that we glorify violence and hatred, while vilifying sex! Hundreds of people are shot, dismemembered, bludgeoned on TV and there seems to be a vexing acceptance of it in society, whereas sex for some reason is dirty, evil, bad. It's not! It's one of the greatest things I've experienced. Sex can be enjoyed between two adults who have no intention of having a long term relationship. The moral dilemma here isnt the sex, its lying, to oneself and the other. Using the idea that this will last in order to trick another into the act. That has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with dishonesty! We must separate the two or we are damned to guilt filled unfullfilling sex.

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Whoa! Let's back up a bit here if we could. The point of the verse is the willful self-delusion we sometimes engage in, precisely because of our culture's Puritanical strictures against "free" love (or frankly, love of almost any sort except...

Whoa! Let's back up a bit here if we could. The point of the verse is the willful self-delusion we sometimes engage in, precisely because of our culture's Puritanical strictures against "free" love (or frankly, love of almost any sort except that which is thoroughly conventional) "Love" in this verse is a euphemism for something which, though perfectly normal and healthy, we recognize to be generally not condoned by our society. If the verse chastizes anything, it is our unwillingness to do the really hard work of throwing off culture's unreasonable moral shackles.

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ugwerks
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To continue, you do raise another very good point and different societal criticism. Perhaps the next iteration of verse should be titled: "Television is such a convenient word for mindless violence."

ugwerks
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Thanks ug I feel better now; and to be fair I should be commenting on the work itself. It's conversatinal tone lends itself to the topic, and concluding from the comments written so far succeeds in stimulating thought on it's theme. Well written.

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Thanks. But you should feel free to comment about whatever associations arise from the work. Afterall, art is not just about itself and its internal technique, but its power to probe and perhaps (if we're lucky) discern and illuminate issues of...

Thanks. But you should feel free to comment about whatever associations arise from the work. Afterall, art is not just about itself and its internal technique, but its power to probe and perhaps (if we're lucky) discern and illuminate issues of real consequence.

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ugwerks
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LOL! I do agree people of power or prominence have many of their wrongdoings overlooked far too easily, including promiscuity. Forgiveness is one thing, excusing is another.

I suppose I am setting myself up as the bad guy here (which is fine),...

LOL! I do agree people of power or prominence have many of their wrongdoings overlooked far too easily, including promiscuity. Forgiveness is one thing, excusing is another.

I suppose I am setting myself up as the bad guy here (which is fine), but I stand by what I said. If anything I find the "societal norms" to be the exact opposite of most things "conventional" these days. Perhaps it is due to my being in college, surrounded by pretty liberal ideals, and then again involved in things like poetry, arts, and environmental-related work, but I simply find the worldviews usually reflected in these social circles are at odds with my own on several key matters - one of them being sex, love, relationships, etc. Of course we are all entitled to our opinions, and we are entitled to disagree, even vehemently. I'd be doing everyone on this forum a disservice to pretend the idea of "free love" or casual sex doesn't bother me. Isn't the voice of dissent the one that most challenges us to verify what we believe, anyway? Not to convince others, but to be at peace within ourselves. Is that not of value?

One thing I do agree with is the negativity of the glorification of violence in SOME ways on tv, in games, etc. I can't broadsweep it and say I think ALL tv violence is bad, but yes, much of it is unnecessary, and past a certain point, disgusting.

-Soulja4Alethia

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