The Fallacy of Love Songs

653 WordsJan 25, 20183 Pages
“You’re whole life waiting on a ring to prove you’re not alone” are the words that P!nk wails in her hit song, Glitter in the Air (Moore). It’s an accurate lyric depicting our culture’s near obsession with the search for true love. Our desire to bring it to fruition here and now, no matter what the cost. Most importantly, true love sells. Write the next big wedding song and you can count on royalties for years to come. Sing it and your voice becomes iconic. As long as it feels good, who cares if true love isn’t told in the truest fashion. “Unconditional, unconditionally, I will love you, unconditionally” is the chorus from Katy Perry’s latest song, Unconditional (Perry). Ideally, this song is meant to be an ode to finding that perfect someone who can accept and love us for who we really are, but real love can often tell a different story. Peterson and Thompson explain that “failure to understand the differences between ‘falling in love’ and ‘real love’ and how the transition from the former to the latter occurs have resulted in many broken and unhappy marriages” (Petersen 16). This idea of unconditional love seems ideal, but brings a darker side with it. In our current pop culture, Rihanna has demonstrated what could be called a form of unconditional love. After her partner, Chris Brown, physically abused her, a few years later, she walked back into a relationship with him. The decision of returning was made on the basis of love and emotions. Most people would look at this

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