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Narrative Essay Love Hurts Incubus

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 there 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
'Cause without love, I won't survive

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

Sometimes when I'm alone, I wonder
Is there 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
'Cause without love, I won't survive

Without love I won't survive

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
'Cause without love, I won't survive

Love hurts
Oh, love hurts
Without love, I won't survive
Love hurts
Love hurts
Without love, I won't survive

"Love Hurts" is the third Europe single from Incubus' sixth album, Light Grenades, and is the fourth U.S. single ("Oil And Water" was released as the third single in the U.S.). The song received moderate airplay in European countries. The single was released for airplay in the United States over a year after the previous single, "Oil and Water", and nearly two years following the album's release. It became a surprise hit for the band in the U.S., topping the BillboardHot Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming their fourth song to do so. It was officially released the first week of October 2008.

There is an acoustic version of "Love Hurts" available for those who buy the "Anna Molly" single, or those who bought the Best BuyLight Grenades three-track promo.

Band members[edit]

Meaning[edit]

In a recent interview with Incubus, Brandon Boyd expressed his thoughts on the song:[1]

It's almost a little bit of a cliché. It is talking about the idea of love and finding love and having it be pure and not tainted by our misperceptions, misconceptions, expectations and transcending the sort of more worldly aspects of the love experience.

Music video[edit]

An unofficial video from a live concert (with audio of the studio track dubbed over the live performance) was released for the song on March 23, 2007.[2] No official video was made for this song.

Track listing[edit]

Single[edit]

  1. "Love Hurts" (Album version)
  2. "Anna-Molly"
  3. "Drive"
  4. "Love Hurts" (Video)

Promo single[edit]

  1. "Love Hurts"
  2. "Anna-Molly"

Chart performance[edit]

"Love Hurts" was released to alternative radio in October 2008, and hit number one on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for the week ending February 21, 2009. It joins "Drive", "Megalomaniac", and "Anna Molly" as one of four songs by the band to top the chart, and their only secondary single from an album era to accomplish this feat.[clarification needed] It outpeaked previous singles from Light Grenades, "Oil And Water" and "Dig". It has also reached number one on Mediabase's Alternative airplay chart. It has charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at #13 (equivalent to #113 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Charts[edit]

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