Saturday, April 8, 2006

"I Think I Love You"

Tonight I am overly tired, having had to get up earlier than I usually would on a Saturday morning to attend a karate tournament. Being wearier than usual, I then don't feel like making a full fledged blog entry. Instead, I thought I would leave you with a song.

That song is "I Think I Love You," by The Partridge Family. The song went to number one on the Billboard singles chart in 1970. It has also been one of the show's most lasting contributions to pop culture. The song has appeared in various movies over the years, including My First Mister, Lake Placid, Choyonghan kajok, and Scream 2 (where it was performed by Less Than Jake). Besides the version performed by Less Than Jake, "I Think I Love You" has also been remade by Kaci and even Perry Como.

And while the song has gotten a lot of flack over the years, I must confess to having always liked "I Think I Love You." Most people have the impression that it's just a simple, happy, little, bubblegum love song. But while it's definitely a love song and definitely bubblegum, I don't think it can be described as either simple or even happy. Indeed, the central theme of the song is the fear that accompanys falling in love. The narrator refers to the words "I think I love you" as "...the words I dread." As to what the narrator is so afraid of, it's that he's "not sure of a love there is no cure for." Quite simply, he is worried that his love might not be returned and that his love might well never end. In other words, "I Think I Love You" is not a happy, little love song--it's a discourse on the fear of unrequited love. Regardless, here it is...

"I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family

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