Better or Worse

Instead of a hearts and flowers post, I thought I’d share the lyrics and link to Brooke Fraser’s “Who Are We Fooling.” Because love isn’t hearts and flowers or limited to a trivialized quasi holiday. It seems depressing in the beginning, but read all the way through. It’s quite beautiful.

 

So we’re back here again,

tip-toeing round the edge of the end.

Wondering who’ll be last to admit that we’re finally over.

 

Turned 21 the day that we met,

terrible shoes,

implausible dress.

It’s funny how sad the funny things get as you grow older.

 

Better or worse, but what else can we do?

And better or worse I am tethered to you.

If it’s not either of us, tell me- who are we fooling?

 

I learned the art of biting my tongue,

I tired of trying to guess what was wrong.

Both agreed on where we should go, but not how to get there.

We tried and tried to loosen the knots,

thinking once we’re untangled we’ll be better off.

It’s these failures and faults that hold us together.

 

Better or worse but what else can we do?

Better or worse I am tethered to you.

If it’s not either of us, tell me who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle is bruising us blue.

It’s a beautiful knot that we just can’t undo.

Together we’re one, but apart? Tell me, who are we fooling?

 

Cuz real love is hard love.

It’s all we have.

It’s a break-neck, train wreck.

It’s all we have.

 

So we’re back here again,

turning away from the edge of the end,

arm in arm.

 

Better or worse but what else can we do?

And better or worse I am tethered to you.

If it’s not either of us tell me- who are we fooling?

This beautiful tangle is bruising us blue.

It’s a beautiful knot that we just can’t undo.

If it’s not either of us, tell me

who are we fooling?

 

Together we’re one,

but apart,

tell me,

who are we fooling?

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