Tattoo Ideas: Lyrics about Love

The Beatles - "Love is All You Need"
The Beatles - "Love is All You Need"

Love. The most powerful drug of all. Who in this world cannot say that at some time or other they've heard a beautiful song with a slow, rolling intensity that builds to a soaring crescendo and contains inspiring lyrics that tout the pain of loss or the joy of love and NOT been moved to tears? It's called Stendhal's Syndrome, and it's the feeling that comes over you when suddenly confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. The right lyrics paired with the right musical accompaniment have the power to incite emotions within us that were previously held below the surface. Music is a major part of our culture and largely dictates our interactions. Music can be a great indicator of compatibility between friends or potential partners. In a recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" fame had a feature where he gave dating advice. I would normally do the opposite of anything Pauly D suggested, but he did make one point when asked what's the most important thing he looks for in a girl? He said it would be her musical taste. It's true that when we meet someone whose musical taste matches ours, we feel as though the planets have aligned in our favor. Later, we master mix tapes to let that person know that our love for him has grown exponentially, way past the level of friends and into the realm of romance. If he's astute, he recognizes the hidden meaning contained in the lyrics of the songs we chose, and if life works out as it should, our feelings are reciprocated. We get together and fall in love, and very quickly we identify “our song”, that one random selection that describes our relationship perfectly. We go on to feature those lyrics in scrapbook pages documenting the story of us, and maybe years later we choose that song to dance to on our wedding day. Full of meaning and memory, the instrumentals move us and the words that accompany the music are timeless.

Whether explicit, implicit, literal or symbolical, lyrics can be about love (think Celine Dion or classic Whitney Houston) or about faith, inspiration, perseverance. They can be a social or political commentary (think Rage Against the Machine or Anti-Flag) or carry a religious message or undertone (think Christian rock bands like Attack Attack! or P.O.D.) There's a song to match any emotion you could ever feel, and any sentiment you could ever want to express. It's no wonder lyrics are such a popular tattoo choice.

Love Lyrics Tattoos Photos

"The Same as Being in Love" - Harvey Danger
"The Same as Being in Love" - Harvey Danger
Moulin Rouge soundtrack
Moulin Rouge soundtrack
"Transatlanticism" - Death Cab for Cutie
"Transatlanticism" - Death Cab for Cutie
Social D
Social D
The Beatles
The Beatles
Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes
"Colder Than My Heart If You Can Imagine" - A Day to Remember
"Colder Than My Heart If You Can Imagine" - A Day to Remember

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dkrainwater 6 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

Very nice hub. Isn't that last guy a little young for a tattoo?:)

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

You picked some beautiful sayings.

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Hub Love 6 years ago from United States

Awesome ideas!

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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Beautiful, loved your intro and the pictures were inspiring. I am on the verge of another tattoo and hadn't really thought about lyrics. Now maybe that is something. Unless I prove myself right about myself and choose a banal song that has no meaning whatsovever, or I choose a song that fits perfectly with me and how I see the world. There lies the challenge in my mind! Great hub.

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2pretty2sweat 6 years ago from Long Island

wonderful hub, touched my heart!

riyan 6 years ago

great post.touching tattoos.

Great Tattoos 6 years ago

Some great designs !

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful lyrics!

Sammy 4 years ago

The one that doesn't have a label that says "Hey, unloving, I will love you," is a song called "Some will seek Forgiveness, others Escape" by Underoath.

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