WHERE'S ALL THE LOVE
According to US
Okay, so as controversial as it may be, I classify this song as Lust in the whole sin thing. I know he is asking Where's All the Love, but he is asking the question of a call girl, so as they say, really, he is looking for love in all the wrong places.
It is a common idea that men confuse love and sex, and I think there is some merit in that. But what about a man who has a romantic side? Might he confuse lust and love? I think that is what is happening here. He lost his true love and is trying to replace the physical side of their relationship not realizing that sex can't heal emotional pain. It is a sad and depressing cliché when women do it, but it is just pitiful and heart wrenching when a man does it. I don't mean that to sound sexist, but I do think it interesting that he has taken a problem common to women and made it about a man. It adds a spin that makes the song more meaningful to me.
I also like the imagery in this song, and it does have some great lines.
I lived in a mirrored resemblance of love affairs... that is just a beautiful and hauntingly sad line. The way he sings it makes it even more poignant. If I sat and thought too long about the pain that pulled that line out of him, I'd very likely end up in tears on his behalf.
Living other people's lives, this makes me think of that line in Religion of the Heart, "You're always trying to find your worth in the eyes of someone new" I connect with this concept and find it often in Rick's music. It is that open vulnerability, his honesty about feeling that way, and that admission that he needs to feel needed that makes me feel so protective of him when I see the Rick eye roll at the record store.
I like this song, my only negative feeling about it at all is that I don't like the line "I'm sorry Blue." I know he was trying to rhyme "Make my living too" but why not go with 'I'm sorry Dude', 'hand me my shoe', or 'my feet stink, phew.' Anything but BLUE, it makes me think of Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue, and seeing Bob Dylan's face while listening to Rick sing about making love is just wrong on more levels than I can possibly address!
Also, I wonder when the name of this song changed. On Mean Salsa Machine, it comes up as Where Has All the Love Gone. Was that just a typo?
Anyway, I like this one, nice music, lovely poetic words, and that open vulnerability - classic Rick! - Anna C.
Sigh....Rick's voice cracks right at the beginning of this one at "my love" and I swear it made my heart break. Okay, so I was all of about 15 when I heard this album for the first time. My 15-year old heart could even skip over the fact that my Rick Springfield was talking to a prostitute. This ballad hit, and this was all I kept wondering, "Where IS all the love they sing about in all those love songs?" I wanted a boyfriend
dammit. I was so jealous of all those girls in school walking in the hallways holding hands with their boyfriends. I wanted me some of that, in the worst way.