12 March 2009

i love this song.

the happy things list is still totally in effect, but for some reason this song can't get out of my head today.  i've been listening to the avett brothers for a couple of years now and their 2007 release, emotionalism, is one of my favorite albums of all time.  the following performance by seth avett is of one of only songs ever that actually move me to tears.  (you won't know the other ones unless you know me really well, and even then there's some guesswork involved.) "the ballad of love and hate" probably tops the list of the most beautifully tragic and gently heartbreaking ballads i've heard, ever, and the lyrics to me are pure poetry.

so, without further ado, here's the words to the avett brothers' ballad of love and hate.

Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate:
“My vacation’s ending, I’m coming home late.
The weather was fine and the ocean was great,
And I can’t wait to see you again.”

Hate reads the letter and throws it away.
“No one here cares if you go or you stay.
I barely even noticed that you were away.
I’ll see you, or I won’t.  Whatever.”

Love sings a song as she sails through the sky.
The water looks bluer through her pretty eyes
And everyone knows it whenever she flies
And also, when she comes down…

Hate keeps his head up and walks through the street.
Every stranger and drifter he greets,
And shakes hands with every loner he meets
With a serious look on his face.

Love arrives safely with suitcase in tow.
Carrying with her the good things we know:
A reason to live, and a reason to grow,
To trust, to hold, to care.

Hate sits alone on the hood of his car,
Without much regard to the moon or the stars
Lazily killing the last of a jar
Of the strongest stuff you can drink.

Love takes a taxi; a young man drives.
As soon as he sees her, hope fills his eyes.
But tears follow after at the end of the ride
‘Cause he might never see her again...

Hate gets home lucky to still be alive.
He screams o’er the sidewalk and into the drive.
The clock in the kitchen says 2:55,
And the clock in the kitchen is slow.

Love has been waiting, patient and kind.
Just wanting a phone call, or some kind of sign.
That the one that she cares for, who was out of his mind,
Will make it back safe to her arms.

Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door:
Weary head hung down, eyes to the floor.
He says, “Love, I’m sorry.”And she says, “What for?
I’m yours, and that’s it, whatever.”

“I should not have been gone for so long.
I’m yours, and that’s it, forever.
You’re mine, and that’s it, forever.”


  1. That song is lovely.

    Alas, the people giggling about crotch shots in the vid are distracting.