The Lies of Loneliness


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Spring is here, the sky is blue,
Birds all sing as if they knew
Today’s the day we’ll say “I do”
And we’ll never be lonely anymore

The Dixie Cups – Chapel Of Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics

My friends and I used to break into a hearty rendition of Chapel of Love whenever someone got married. As is typical for kids, we didn’t give much thought to the lyrics. It was just a bouncy little tune. Lying buried within the song, however, are insidious implications, most notably in the line, “Today’s the day we’ll say ‘I do,’ and we’ll never be lonely anymore.

Never lonely anymore? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“True Love”—as it refers to romantic love—is touted as the panacea for all ills, the ultimate cure for loneliness, and what every human will achieve when they discover their “soul mate.”

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