To (mis)quote perhaps the most over-used Shakespeare line, like, ever, “If music be the food of love, play on.”
So far, so obvious. We all get that music and love go hand in hand like David Guetta and a profile-hungry shrieker needing a leg up. And I defy anyone to find not one song on their iPod that doesn’t inspire great memories.
Take one of our writers here at PenMyProfile, for example. She can list categorically the song that was playing for every key moment of her life – first kiss, first under-sheets action, first time she saw her now-husband for the first time.
She’d be the first to tell you that romance isn’t romance without a soundtrack. But is it possible to take this obsession for aural accompaniment too far?
It’s this that has got us writers here at PenMyProfile all in a spin this week. You see, we help people find love online by editing, or writing from scratch, their dating profiles for them. So we spend many a lunchtime browsing all the online dating sites to see what people are saying, current trends in dating, and any Big No-No’s that we can share with our customers – and the Singles Warehouse community.
And the one thing that we’ve found is that ‘borrowing’ sentiment from a song rarely works unless you know the recipient of your missive really, really well! It’s risky because it’s not just the words you’re playing with – it’s the artist, the melody and even relying on your match’s taste.
But the biggest worry for us is that, this early on in your relationship, you can never know if the object of your affection doesn’t already link that song/artist/genre with fond memories or, the flip-side, baggage from the past. Without meaning to, you could be evoking an amazing evening with ex-boyfriend Paul. Or, worse, accidentally associating yourself with something ‘super needy Sarah’ did.
See what we mean? Make your own memories together, find out about the person, then (if you must) hit ‘em with some lyrics that really mean something to both of you.
Now! Something less serious…
In putting together this piece, we found an amazing line-up of the best, and worst, romantic lyrics courtesy of The Courier which we just had to share with you.
Any we’ve missed? Tell us your creep or deep moments!
“Call me, maybe?” – Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call me maybe’
Verdict: Cute, but only for about another day
“I’m just a moth who wants to share your light”- Radiohead, ‘All I Need’
Verdict: Quaint, quirky
“If you change your mind, I’m the first in line, honey I’m still free, take a chance on me”- ABBA, ‘Take a Chance On Me’
Verdict: Nice sentiment but a tad too needy
“Boom boom boom boom, I want you in my room”- Vengaboys, ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’
Verdict: Old school cheese – they’ll either laugh at you, or with you
“I wanna lick you up and down, til you say stop. Let me play with your body baby, make you feel hot.” – Another Level, ‘Freak Me’
Verdict: Old school filth. Approach with caution!
“If a double decker bus crashes in to us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”- The Smiths, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
Verdict: Know your audience – this firmly straddles the creep/deep borderline
“I’ve met someone who’s made me feel seasick; what a skill to have, what a skill to have.” The Wombats, ‘Call the Director’
Verdict: Quirky, adorable
“I wanna be the papa, you can be the mom”- Sean Paul, ‘Temperature’
Verdict: Creep! Too much parental emphasis
“I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body”- George Michael, ‘Faith’
“Come on baby light my fire”- The Doors, ‘Light My Fire’
“Let me get my hands on your mammary glands, and let me get your head on the conjugal bed”- The Smiths, ‘Handsome Devil’
Verdict: Very clever, but very creepy
“Woke up today, looked at your picture just to get me started”- Luther Vandross, ‘Never Too Much’
Verdict: Definitely too much
“Every breath you take and every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you”- The Police ‘Every Breath You Take’
Verdict: Remember to lock all doors and windows
“Jump in my car, I’d like to take you home”- David Hasselhoff, ‘Jump In My Car’
Verdict: Call the police