The Origin of Love

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Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson. more »


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When the earth was still flat, and the clouds made of fire 
And mountains stretched up to the sky, sometimes higher 
Folks roamed the earth like big rolling kegs 
They had two sets of arms, two sets of legs 
They had two faces peering out of one giant head 
And they could watch all around them 
And they talked while they read 
And they never knew nothing of love 
It was before the origin of love 
Origin of love 
And there were three sexes then 
One that looked like two men glued back to back 
Called the children of the sun 
And similar in shape and girth were the children of the earth 
They looked like two girls rolled up in one 
And the children of the moon were like a fork shoved on a spoon 
They were part sun, part earth, part daughter, part son 
Origin of love 
Now the gods grew quite scared of our strength and defiance 
And Thor said: 
"I'm gonna kill them all with my hammer 
Like I killed the giants." 
And Zeus said: 
"No, you better let me use my lightning, like scissors 
Like I cut the legs off whales 
And dinosaurs into lizards." 
Then he grabbed up some bolts 
And he let out a laugh, said: 
"I'll split them right down to the middle 
Gonna rip them right in half." 
And then storm clouds gathered above 
Into great balls of fire 
And the fire shot down 
From the sky in bolts 
Like shining blades of a knife 
And it ripped right through the flesh 
Of the children of the sun 
And the moon, and the earth 
And some Indian god 
Sewed the wound up into a hole 
Pulled it 'round to our belly 
To remind us of the price we pay 
And Osiris and the gods of the Nile 
Gathered up a big storm 
To blow a hurricane 
To scatter us away 
In a flood of wind and rain 
And a sea of tidal waves 
To wash us all away 
And if we don't behave 
They'll cut us down again 
And well be hopping round on one foot 
Looking through one eye 
Last time I saw you 
We had just split in two 
You were looking at me, and I was looking at you 
You had a way so familiar 
But I could not recognize 
'Cause you had blood on your face 
And I had blood in my eyes 
But I could swear by your expression 
That the pain down in your soul 
Was the same as the pain down in mine 
That's the pain 
Cuts a straight line down through the heart 
We call it love 
So we wrapped our arms around each other 
Trying to shove ourselves back together 
We were making love 
It was a cold dark evening such a long time ago 
When by the mighty hand of Jove 
It was the sad story 
How we became lonely two-legged creatures 
It's the story of 
The origin of love 
That's the origin of love, origin of love, origin of love

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