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Songs of bittersweet love

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MANILA, Philippines - We really need to get away from the cheesy “I just called to say I love you” and Air Supply choruses, people. There are a million ways to say you care, after all. From the imminent auto-destruction of Morrissey or Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart to the heartbreaking shift from “major to minor” in Cole Porter, love is all around.

• “And if a double-decker bus/crashes in to us/ To die by your side/ Is such a heavenly way to die/ And if a ten-ton truck/ kills the both of us/ To die by your side/ Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.” — There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, The Smiths

• “There was a time when you let me know/ what really goes on down below/ but now you never show that to me, do ya? / But remember when I moved in you/ and the holy dove was moving too / and every breath we drew was hallelujah?” Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

• “Just a perfect day/ you made me forget myself / I thought I was someone else/ someone good.” Perfect Day, Lou Reed

• “I like the smile on your fingertips/ I like the way that you move your hips/ I like the cool way you look at me/ Everything about you is bringing me misery.” Buckets of Rain, Bob Dylan

• “There’s no love song finer/ but how strange the change from major to minor/every time we say goodbye.” Every Time We Say Goodbye by Cole Porter

AIR SUPPLY BOB DYLAN BUCKETS OF RAIN COLE PORTER EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE JOY DIVISION LEONARD COHEN LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT LOU REED LOVE WILL TEAR US APART
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