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Savage Garden’s Affirmation (Sony Music 1999)

I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
I believe we place our happiness in other people’s hands
I believe that junk food tastes so good because it’s bad for you
I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
I believe that beauty magazines promote low self-esteem
I believe I’m loved when I’m completely by myself alone

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can’t appreciate real love ’til you’ve been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don’t know what you’ve got until you say goodbye

I believe you can’t control or choose your sexuality
I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul
I believe that family is worth more than money or gold
I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can’t appreciate real love ’til you’ve been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don’t know what you’ve got until you say goodbye

I believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness
I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists
I believe in love surviving death into eternity

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can’t appreciate real love until you’ve been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don’t know what you’ve got ’til you say goodbye

There is only one statement in the lyrics with which I disagree–everything else? Spot on, as far as I’m concerned (can you guess which one?).

*it’s Vivian Arend’s fault for posting her Saturday Snippets, but it all started with Lauren Dane

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  • ‘Always loved this song but then they’re Aussies from my home town so natutrally it would be good…

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  • I disagree with a handful of those lyrics, but most of them ring true for me, too. I’m going to guess this is the one you don’t agree with:

    “I believe you can’t appreciate real love until you’ve been burned” ?

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  • I don’t mind being blamed for stuff like this. 😉

    Love this: “I believe in love surviving death into eternity”

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  • I thought it was “I believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness.”

    A friend did a multifandom music video to this.
    “I believe that God (shot of Yoda) does not endorse TV evangelists (shot of senator Palpatine).”

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  • Marg
    July 19
    12:11 pm

    I was living in the UK when these guys made it big. Couldn’t believe they were Aussies! lol.

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  • FD
    July 19
    12:21 pm

    I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed

    I’ve never been able to parse that line; every which way I look at it, it makes no sense to me.

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  • FD got it in one–what the hell does that line mean, really?

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  • Yeah… that’s one of the handful that I disagree with. My interpretation is that once you’re happily married, there’s no need take off your clothes? So… no sex? Uh.. quite the opposite, don’t you think?

    From the non-literal perspective, the lyric suggests there’s no need to show your true self once you’re happily married? Uhh.. again. Quite the opposite.

    So what the heck?

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  • Angelia Sparrow, my apologies–I corrected the lyrics, you are absolutely right (this is what happens when you simply cut and paste, see?)

    Christine, exactly!

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  • eggs
    July 20
    8:29 am

    Re: “I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed”.

    To me, this means that before you are married sex with the one you love is a serious, significant production, requiring the full disrobing of the body and self in “proving” your love to your beloved.

    Marriage, taken seriously, is the formal, fully public act of declaring that you love this one person so much that you are willing to forsake all other possible future loves to be only with them.

    After making such a serious declaration of love, sex can return to just being sex (sometimes). Instead of always having to be a major declaration of love, it can sometimes just be something fun you indulge in with your track pants around your ankles, during the half-time ads with the full intention of returning to the game on tv in 5 minutes time. There’s no need to be “fully undressed” – unless, of course, you feel like it. At least, that’s my interpretation …

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  • Fae
    July 22
    8:48 pm

    I always thought the wedded bliss line referred to how sometimes sex that is scorching and passionate and frequent when dating becomes monotonous and tedious and infrequent when married. Prior to meeting his partner, Darren was adamantly anti-marriage so I believe that’s a “Marriage is a useless social convention” statement.

    Not saying I agree with it (I know quite a few long married couples who give me no doubt that marriage does not kill the sexual fire), but that’s always how I interpreted it.

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