Love Thine Enemy
Lyrics Cass McCombs

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Love thine enemy
Love thine enemy
But hate their lack of sincerity
Love thine enemy

I found this quote in a book and I thought of you
So I walked me out like a moth in the morning dew
And a million cigarettes later the quote reappeared
Now nothing about my love could be called insincere

Love thine enemy
Love thine enemy
But hate their lack of sincerity
Love thine enemy

Every idiot thing you say speaks of pain and truth
Because of the beautiful way your tongue can seduce
What's behind the mountain is a mystery
That's why after the quote I added: sincerity

Love thine enemy
Love thine enemy
But hate their lack of sincerity
Love thine enemy

He tried to come between us like a purple ghoul
Hypocrites especially practice the golden rule
I love what you say though sometimes it's mean
Without earthworms how else would the soil keep clean?

Love thine enemy
Love thine enemy
But hate their lack of sincerity
Love thine enemy
[x2]

Love love love my enemy
Love my enemy
But I hate their lack of sincerity
Love thine enemy

Song facts

"That song was written to express how you're not going to like everyone in this world. Everyone wants to be well-loved and appreciated but, at the same time, there are some people that just don't want to be your friend, and there's nothing you can do or say to change that. So it's about ushering them into the elevated status of enemy-- its kind of an honor to be someone's enemy. It sounds regal. If it's possible to have an enemy without making it personal or moral, then that's what I'm trying to do. I've been reading a lot of the Tao [Te Ching], and that's where this idea of the equilibrium of relationships came from. People take things a little too personal. I write these songs, and they're experiments with thoughts. That's it. I'm not a teacher." - Cass McCombs; Pitchfork interview

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