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Interpretation of Maroon 5’s Song This Love

Updated on August 1, 2012
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The band formerly known as Kara’s Flowers has come a long way. Gone are the days of playing music in their parent’s garages. Maroon 5 is in full stride touring the world, releasing albums, appearing on TV shows, and dominating the radio stations. With a song aptly titled This Love, as Maroon 5 has a lot to love at the moment, the band created yet another hit.

The song begins with, what else these days, odes to love. It refers to the lead singer being so high he did not recognize the fire burning in her eyes, the chaos that controlled his mind. The verse then goes on to say that she got on a plane never to return again. The writer of this song seems to have had an on-again off-again relationship with a woman that for whatever reason didn’t work out. He talks about not realizing what he felt, or what she felt, regardless it most likely signifies the “don’t know what you had until you lost it” mantra.

The chorus kicks in with lines expressing that the love is taking its toll on him and that she’s said goodbye many times before, but he won’t say goodbye anymore.

The next verse talks about feeding her appetite and basically keeping her satisfied, which was hard for him. That is followed by lines saying, “kept playing love like it was just a game, pretending to feel the same.”

Musicians tend to be on the road a lot, so in virtually any song about love, someone is always leaving or going somewhere. Then after the feelings come out in the beginning of the song, there is a mend-purposed verse squeezed in there, and in this case it’s the third verse. He sings about fixing broken things and repairing broken wings and making sure everything is alright because he knows (or hopes?) that what she wants him to do.

The song then finishes with three repeats of the chorus.

So to sum everything up, what we have here is another song about love and the difficulties that come along with it. Its message is the same story we have all experienced, how painful love can be and the feeling of not knowing what you had until you no longer have it. It’s definitely an eye opening experience. Just talk to Adele. No offense Adele, I’m a huge fan.


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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      I miss the old maroon 5, it's crazy how much they're changed ...this love to me was they're best song of all time