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Old 10-04-2019, 09:54 PM
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Songs about love--but not humans


I was recently listening to Led Zeppelin's "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp". The weird thing although the song seems romantic from the first glance, the lyrics clearly mention they're about a dog! Are there any other songs you know that mention love/affection/deep friendship about something besides a human?
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:58 PM
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Cat Stevens - I Love My Dog


Some great pictures too.



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Og forgive me for bringing this up, there is a song about muskrats.
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The Puppy Song - Nilsson


And pictures of...you guessed it.


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do robots in love with other robots count? cause the pet shop boys had one on their last album ........

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I Love You (Miss Robot) - The Buggles


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Old 10-04-2019, 10:17 PM
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Paul McCartney's song to his sheepdog:

Martha, my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation, please
Remember me
Martha, my love
Don't forget me
Martha, my dear

https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/martha-my-dear/
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Haven't thought about this song in decades but this thread reminded me about it:
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:26 AM
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Ian Tyson's SHORT GRASS is a love song of prairies and his SONG FOR CANADA proclaims love of the St Lawrence River. Woodie Guthrie's ROLL ON, COLUMBIA is another river love song and CAR, CAR is about, well, a car.

Probably most hot rod, surf, and motorcycle music extol fetishes. Especially that 'riding' stuff; we know what 'ride' means. I don't want a pickle; just wanna ride my motor-sickle. Ride, ride, ride the wild surf. Turn it on, wind it up, blow it out - GTO! But I'll stay away from doggy-love songs. Too personal.
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Mike Nesmith once said that Joanne was about a cow:

"Her name was Joanne
And she lived in a meadow by a pond"

but I doubt it.
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"Ben" is a love song to a rat.

How about "The Tennessee Stud"?

"The Garden of Samson and Beasley" by Pink Martini sounds to me like it might be a love song about two kittens, but I might be projecting a lot onto it.
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The Crowded House song Lester is definitely about front man Neil Finn's concern for his eponymous dog after it had been hit by a car. The song Black and White Boy could arguably be inspired by one of Finn's dogs although it is probably more about the volatile Crowded House drummer Paul Hester.

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Queen did a song called I'm In Love With My Car.

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British heavy rock band Saxon had a hit with Princess of the Night. Despite the potential suggestiveness of the title it is a straight tribute to a steam train (delivering mail during the night.)

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If love between a human and something non-human counts, then there are countless examples (e.g. I Love Rock 'n Roll by Alan Merrill). Or does the OP only want examples of songs about love between two non-humans?
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Tom Waits' "Heart of Saturday Night" is another love song about a car.

"Stick It Out" and "Sy Borg" from Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage" are songs where the singer is getting intimate with kitchen appliances.
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:16 AM
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"Love me, love my dog" by Pete Shelley, 1975.
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Although the lyrics aren't explicitly direct, I'm pretty sure Neil Young's Sample And Hold is about mail order love robots.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oMTwfq_jI8
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Also, does it count if the object of affection was human, but isn't anymore? "She's cool in bed -- she oughta be, 'cause Ethyl's dead."

Alice Cooper - Cold Ethyl

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Donavan - I love my shirt - --------------- and other items of clothing
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Are there any other songs you know that mention love/affection/deep friendship about something besides a human?
Do you mean songs about love/affection between two non-humans (like "Muskrat Love")? Or between a human and a non-human (like "Martha My Dear")? Or either/both?

Another example of the latter is Queen's "Delilah," about Freddy Mercury's cat.
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Do you mean songs about love/affection between two non-humans (like "Muskrat Love")? Or between a human and a non-human (like "Martha My Dear")? Or either/both?
As long as at least one is non-human anything counts.
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Technically not a love song, since he only states that it is "a very good friend of mine", but David Bowie's TVC 15 is about a television set.
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Another "good friend of mine" was Jeremiah the Bullfrog.
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"The Very Last Time" by Alan Parsons was written by guitarist Ian Bairnson to his beloved dog who passed away. It's a real tear jerker.
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Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down its stall
In a blizzard, he was lost

She ran calling Wildfire
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I presume we're not counting religious songs? There are plenty of songs about love between God and humans.
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Be My Girl - The Police - Do inflatable humans count?
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Queen did a song called I'm In Love With My Car.

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I presume we're not counting religious songs? There are plenty of songs about love between God and humans.
Eric Cartman wrote a few great ones.

"Wanna get down on me knees to Please Jesus! Feel that salvation all over my face!"
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Be My Girl - The Police - Do inflatable humans count?
Sure why not?
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The chorus in the 10cc song Dreadlock Holiday changes each time but the first time it starts:

I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it.

Second time starts

I don't like reggae, no no, I love it.

Third time it starts

I don't like Jamaica, oh no, I love her.

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Excerpts from a song from England, concerning railway locomotive crew and their passionate feelings for their charges (from the days when steam locos were the norm -- modern traction rarely if ever inspires such sentiments among those who tend it):

Come all you young maidens, take a warning from me:
Shun all engine-drivers and their company --
He'll tell you he loves you, and all kinds of lies;
But the one that he loves is the train that he drives.

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He hugged me and kissed me and gazed in my eyes,
And said, "You're as nice as the 8.45"...

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A sailor comes home when the voyage is done,
A soldier gets weary of following the drum,
A collier will cleave to his loved one for life;
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Be My Girl - The Police - Do inflatable humans count?
Or "Girl of My Dreams" by Bram Tchaikovsky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U59z_KhAbnI

Back to the animal theme, there's also "Shannon" by Henry Gross.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Wpn3dFrEs
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Mary had a little lamb
"Mary had a little lamb;
Couldn't make it with a man."
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Meanwhile, Norman Greenbaum (satirical SPIRIT IN THE SKY) wrote a fine interspecies love song. From my memory:
Jethro bought himself a milk cow, and he calls her Bess (2x)
Milk cow in the morning; milk cow, any time at all.

Give you lifetime of pleasure, all she needs is love (2x)
Milk cow in the morning; milk cow, any time at all.
Dog songs: Old Blue. Old Red. Old Gray Dog. Lassie and Benji themes. My Dog And Me (John Hiatt). I Love My Dog (Cat Stevens - but who loves his cat?)

I'm afraid to look for love songs for goats. Or robots. Or conservatives. Too kinky.
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Beer Never Broke My Heart extols the virtues of beer over various types of relationships.
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Likewise In Every Dreamhome A Heartache by Roxy Music

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Also, does it count if the object of affection was human, but isn't anymore? "She's cool in bed -- she oughta be, 'cause Ethyl's dead."

Alice Cooper - Cold Ethyl
What's the ruling on objects of affection which start off alive but end up dead by the end of the song? There's a lot of them. Like Delilah by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band?

(I believe Tom Jones also did a version).

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