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Tattoo Ideas: Lyrics About Love

The Beatles - "Love is All You Need"

The Beatles - "Love is All You Need"

Love. The most powerful drug of all. Who in this world cannot say that at some time or other they've heard a beautiful song with a slow, rolling intensity that builds to a soaring crescendo and contains inspiring lyrics that tout the pain of loss or the joy of love and NOT been moved to tears?

It's called Stendhal's Syndrome, and it's the feeling that comes over you when suddenly confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. The right lyrics paired with the right musical accompaniment have the power to incite emotions within us that were previously held below the surface. Music is a major part of our culture and largely dictates our interactions. Music can be a great indicator of compatibility between friends or potential partners.

I remembered an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine where Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" fame had a feature where he gave dating advice. I would normally do the opposite of anything Pauly D suggested, but he did make one point when asked what's the most important thing he looks for in a girl. He said it would be her musical taste. It's true that when we meet someone whose musical taste matches ours, we feel as though the planets have aligned in our favor. Later, we master mixtapes and playlists to let that person know that our love for him has grown exponentially, way past the level of friends and into the realm of romance. If he's astute, he recognizes the hidden meaning contained in the lyrics of the songs we chose, and if life works out as it should, our feelings are reciprocated.

We get together and fall in love, and very quickly we identify “our song”, that one random selection that describes our relationship perfectly. We go on to feature those lyrics in scrapbook pages documenting the story of us, and maybe years later we choose that song to dance to on our wedding day. Full of meaning and memory, the instrumentals move us and the words that accompany the music are timeless.

Whether explicit, implicit, literal or symbolical, lyrics can be about love (think Celine Dion or classic Whitney Houston) or about faith, inspiration, perseverance. They can be a social or political commentary (think Rage Against the Machine or Anti-Flag) or carry a religious message or undertone (think Christian rock bands like Attack Attack! or P.O.D.) There's a song to match any emotion you could ever feel, and any sentiment you could ever want to express. It's no wonder lyrics are such a popular tattoo choice.

© 2010 Jaclyn Popola


Sammy on April 02, 2012:

The one that doesn't have a label that says "Hey, unloving, I will love you," is a song called "Some will seek Forgiveness, others Escape" by Underoath.

Erin Bower from Georgia on June 23, 2011:

Beautiful lyrics!

Great Tattoos on September 18, 2010:

Some great designs !

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riyan on July 22, 2010:

great post.touching tattoos.

2pretty2sweat from Long Island on July 14, 2010:

wonderful hub, touched my heart!

Zac828 from England on June 30, 2010:

Beautiful, loved your intro and the pictures were inspiring. I am on the verge of another tattoo and hadn't really thought about lyrics. Now maybe that is something. Unless I prove myself right about myself and choose a banal song that has no meaning whatsovever, or I choose a song that fits perfectly with me and how I see the world. There lies the challenge in my mind! Great hub.

Hub Love from United States on June 30, 2010:

Awesome ideas!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 30, 2010:

You picked some beautiful sayings.

dkrainwater from Sheridan, Wyoming on June 29, 2010:

Very nice hub. Isn't that last guy a little young for a tattoo?:)

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