Music Monday: “Love Hurts” by Incubus


Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Love Hurts”
Artist: Incubus
Album: Light Grenades (2006)

Lyrics taken from

[Verse 1]
Tonight we drink to youth
And holding fast to truth
I don’t want to lose what I had as a boy
My heart still has a beat
But love is now a feat
As common as a cold day in LA

Sometimes when I’m alone, I wonder
Is it a spell that I am under
Keeping me from seeing the real thing

Love hurts
But sometimes it’s a good hurt
And it feels like I’m alive
Love sings
When it transcends the bad things
Have a heart and try me
Because without love, I won’t survive

[Verse 2]
I’m fettered and abused
I stand naked and accused
Should I surface this one man submarine
I only want the truth
So tonight, we drink to youth
I’ll never lose what I had as a boy



Love hurts
Love hurts
Without love I won’t survive
Love hurts
Without love I won’t survive

“Love Hurts”, from Incubus’s 2006 album, Light Grenades, begins with a mesmerizing guitar riff and lulls the listener into its quasi-ballad aesthetic. While not an original sentiment, the song speaks to the general experience of love in all its facets; love is simple on the surface, but complex beneath, and it is multifaceted. The song reflects this by running with a fairly straight forward composition that is then amplified by additional instrumentation. Flutes accompany the bass and acoustic guitar before the rest of the band kicks back in, creating a moment of serenity before launching back into the catchy hook.

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