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Irma Thomas – Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) lyrics


You can blame me
Try to shame me
And still I'll care for you

You can run around
Even put me down
Still I'll be there for you

The world
May think I'm foolish
They can't see you
Like I can
Oh but anyone
Who knows what love is
Will understand


I just feel so sorry (anyone)
For the ones
Who pity me

(Anyone) 'Cause they just don't know
(Anyone) Oh they don't what happiness love can be

I know
I won't ever let you go
It's more
Than I
Could ever stand
Oh but anyone
Who knows what love is
Will understand

Oh (anyone) they'll understand
(Anyone) If they try love they'll understand (anyone)
(Anyone) Oh try to understand (anyone)

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    This song is not only about unconditional love, but about one-sided love or even domestic abuse. The speaker lets us know how she loves the other person even if they shame her, blame her and run around. Those are not the attributes one would describe love with. She does not speak of how well the other person treats her. The people outside the relationship may see how foolish the situation is, but the speaker does not want to see this. Telling us that no-one else really understands what happiness and love can be implies that she has built her own understanding or what love is, different from others definitions. It seems she is in denial, telling herself what she is experiencing is love, when in actuality her love is lonely love. She is unable to let go, because that would mean her love was not unconditional or real and she would have to face the cruel fact that she has been neglected.
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