Fact is, if the lyrics are abstract enough, most people are going to assume it’s a love song, because that’s what most pop songs are about, or so Nick Horby once postulated IIRC?
It’s no good by Depeche Mode is very easy to take as the prototypical abusive situation that so often leads to women being molested and sometimes even maimed or killed, even though other interpretations have been suggested.
It’s …dark, at least potentially (one sure hopes nobody has been hurt over the song being taken at face value), and yet I find the third comment amusing nonetheless, as it shows the author second guessing themselves, despite going through this absolutely unreal theory of mental machinations to justify that the two ought to have been together. Cherry on top is the fact that he knows details about her love life.
It’s also relatable, I’m sure lots have been in the situation of being more or less incapable of letting go of a person even though things wouldn’t work out: actually, it’s not hard to actually second guess oneself the other way and find rationalizations for their not letting go.
Speaking more generally, I’m not sure whether one should automatically accept the writer’s take on a song - take for instance Blackbird by the Beatles, which was viewed by some to be a song in support of black civil rights, and seemingly McCartney played along by claiming that that was the exact intended meaning, whereas in other instances he had flown much lower (pardon the pun).
Also, as one friend once warned me, sometimes you shouldn’t just put too much thought into lyrics, as musicians just happen to write words on paper to fit the music without too much of a plan.
Funny thing, I seem to recall reading an absolutely lovely comment about The Smiths’ There is a Light that Never Goes Out, problem is I wasn’t able to dig it up and had to resort to this song instead.
Apparently a song in which the speaking voice wishes to be killed in a freak car accident, having somehow lost their place at home and being unable confess their feelings to the person they love, can still be taken as a straight love song.
There was this cool detail about the couple listening to the song together and missing the undertones (can you call them that?) by miles. With love doing real weird stuff to brains, I’m not passing judgment:
I, for one, sang along, with my fiancee-to-be, to an absolutely not happy, not love song, while not paying extreme attention to the actual meaning of the lyrics. What can I say, we both loved that song nevertheless and it was a bonding moment, that the song was what it was, just slipped into the background.