Song of the Day #2,348: ‘The Name of This Thing Is Not Love’ – Elvis Costello

deliveryFor the second straight year, my wife’s birthday falls on a Random Weekend day, allowing me to play the old “whatever song comes up is your birthday dedication” game.

Last year the needle landed on the Cirque du Soleil version of The Beatles’ ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Let’s see what 2014 has in store…

Well, Alex will get a kick out of this. She is, let’s say, not the biggest Elvis Costello fan in the world.

Additionally, the Random iTunes Fairy has a twisted sense of humor, offering up an anti-love song for this short-distance dedication.

All I can say is that the name of this thing is indeed love, and Happy Birthday, Alex!

There’s a part of this feeling that I just cannot kill
But the name of this thing is not love
And I can’t take a potion, and I won’t take a pill
So it tortures me still
But the name of this thing is not love

Then you start entertaining such a terrible thought
Life is so very short
And the name of this thing is not love

There’s a bruise on her arm and some blood on the floor
But the name of this thing is not love
And they’re taunting some girl that they claim to adore
She can’t take anymore
But the name of this thing is not love

Who in the world do you think that you are?
That you pushed me this far
The name of this thing is not love

He thinks of her still, although you’d never guess
He’s trying hard to forget her
The occasional moments that he’ll always bless
Watching her dress for worse or better

He watched her pick over her broken playthings
What played on his mind is not love
The cast-aside tokens and discarded rings
Over one of his flings
But the name of this thing is not love

Then he threw something down in the wild rushing river
And won’t ever recover
The name of this thing is not love

Then you start out pretending that you’re so very tough
Life is not short enough
But the name of this thing is not love

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,348: ‘The Name of This Thing Is Not Love’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana says:

    Well, hopefully next year Alex’s birthday won’t fall on a random weekend so you will be able to handpick her birthday dedication.😄

    Meanwhile, happy birthday Alex!

  2. pegclifton says:

    Ahhh, Happy Birthday Alex!

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