John (bippus1) wrote in radical_love,

Alanis and Unconditional Love

I heard this song when I was driving a friend up to Rhode Island, and it just captured me. I had been thinking about Love and unconditional love for the last few months, and then this song -- it captures the essence of it. It's very direct, not subtle like many beautiful, amazing songs. But because it's so direct, I could hear and speak the words inside my head, and they made so much sense. It's all about unconditional love. My favorite line? "It's the only kind of love, as I understand it, that there really is." *smiles*

i'll give you countless amounts of outright acceptance if you want it
i will give you encouragement to choose the path you want if you need it
you can speak of anger and doubts your fears and freak outs and i'll hold it
you can share your so-called shame-filled accounts of times in your life and i won't judge it
and there are no strings attached

you owe me nothing for giving the love that i give
you owe me nothing for caring the way that i have
i give you thanks for receiving its my privilege
and you owe me nothing in return

you can ask for space for yourself and only yourself and i'll grant it
you can ask for freedom as well or time to travel and you'll have it
you can ask to live by yourself or love someone else and i'll support it
you can ask for anything you want anything at all and i'll understand it
and there are no strings attached

i bet your wondering when the next payback shoe will eventually drop
i bet you're wondering when my conditional police will force you to cough up
i bet you're wondering how far you have now danced your way back into debt
this is the only kind of love as i understand it that there really is

you can express your deepest of truths even if it means i'll lose you and i'll hear it
you can fall into the abyss on your way to your bliss i'll empathize with
you can say that you have to skip town to chase your passion and i'll hear it
you can even hit rock bottom have a midlife crisis and i'll hold it
and there are no strings attached
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