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Christmas Wrapping Paper (That's What Love Is)
John Lennon was quite naive to suggest: "All You Need Is Love".That is a nice sentiment, but love is like Christmas wrapping paper. It always ends up ripped and torn, and thrown into the the trash. Yes, love is like Christmas wrapping paper all tied up with ribbons and bows. But love always gets cast aside, and at best becomes a faded memory. Ultimately ... love becomes nothing at all ... and all of nothing!
Did you ever love a dog, or a cat, or a cockatiel, or any kind of pet that didn't die? If they haven't died yet, I promise you they will. And of course ...
there is your wife or your husband
your mother and father and sisters and brothers
and your friends and relatives
If you live long enough you will get to watch every one of them die. And if you die first, then you get the deluxe bonus package. You get to say goodbye to everyone, and everything you love all at once! Are we having fun yet?
And what kind of a happy face can we put on the cold hard truth? Oh yes! Denial is king!
Jesus loves me
God loves me
I'm gonna grow up and go to college
We're gonna get married
I'm gonna have a career
We're gonna buy a nice house
We're gonna raise beautiful children
But no matter what we are gonna do, and no matter what great things we actually accomplish, there is no escape from the truth! And the truth is, love is like Christmas wrapping paper all tied up with ribbons and bows, but only for a fleeting moment.
And I am like King Midas, but only in reverse. Everything I touch begins to rust, then slowly falls apart. Everyone, and everything I have ever loved has always turned into a sad goodbye. And this will never change. Hello always leads to goodbye; sooner or later. So let's cut to the chase: I don't want to love you, and I am not going to love you. I don't care if you live or die. You are just a friend when I need a friend, or a lover when I need to get off. So let's just skip all the Lionel Ritchie and Barry Manilow songs!
Don't tell me you will love me forever because that is just a lie; a grand fiction created to pacify the weak. People don't live forever. Didn't you hear? Love is like Christmas wrapping paper. And Christmas is just another way of saying goodbye. I hate goodbye, I hate love, and I hate Christmas. John Lennon said "All you need is love!" But all I got is a heart full, a head full, and a handful of love that only makes me hate this world even more. No! it's not love that I need. What I need ... is a way out of here!