Fangirl Corner: The Song That Reads Like a Romance Novel


Is there anything better than a beautifully written song. The one that gets you in the feels no matter how many times you listen to it. That makes you think of past relationships or ones that could be. Well for us, that song is ‘The Ballad of Love and Hate’ by The Avett Brothers. 

This song takes the idea of love and hate and personifies those two powerful words while also showing they are two sides of the same coin. Some of our favorite romance novels play with this same theory. Enemies to lovers trope anyone?

We could go on and on about how perfect the lyrics are but instead, why don’t you listen for yourself!

‘The Ballad of Love and Hate’ by The Avett Brothers

Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate
“My vacation’s ending, I’m coming home late
The weather was fine and the ocean was great
And I can’t wait to see you again”

Hate reads the letter and throws it away
“No one here cares if you go or you stay
I barely even noticed that you were away
I’ll see you or I won’t, whatever”

Love sings a song as she sails through the sky
The water looks bluer through her pretty eyes
And everyone knows it whenever she flies
And also when she comes down

Hate keeps his head up and walks through these streets
Every stranger and drifter he greets
And shakes hands with every loner he meets
With a serious look on his face

Love arrives safely with suitcase in tow
Carrying with her the good things we know
A reason to live and a reason to grow
To trust and to hold and to care

Hate sits alone on the hood of his car
Without much regard to the moon or the stars
Lazily killing the last of a jar
Of the strongest stuff you can drink

Love takes a taxi, a young man drives
As soon he sees her hope fills his eyes
But tears follow after at the end of the ride
Because he might never see her again

Patience, patience, patience

Hate gets home lucky to still be alive
He screams over the sidewalk and into the drive
The clock in the kitchen says 2:55
And the clock in the kitchen is slow

Love has been waiting patient and kind
Just wanting a phone call or some kind of sign
That the one that she cares for who’s out of his mind
Will make it back safe to her arms

Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door
Weary head hung down, eyes to the floor
He says, “Love, I’m sorry, ” and she says, “What for?
I’m yours and that’s it, whatever
I should not have been gone for so long
I’m yours and that’s it, forever
Your mine and that’s it, forever”

Songwriters: Robert William Crawford / Scott Yancey Avett / Timothy Seth Avett
The Ballad of Love and Hate lyrics © BMG Rights Management


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