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Published on June 29, 2015 By Dusk411 In Music

Haddaway

What Is Love

Album: The Album/Haddaway

Year: 1993

            Haddaway worries about his relationship in the anxious “What Is Love.”

 

            Pulsating synths open the single, setting a panicked tone. The chorus starts the single. It’s his first serious relationship. He isn’t sure if he did something wrong. But he doesn’t want her to leave. Is this what love is supposed to be like? (“What is love?/Baby, don't hurt me/Don't hurt me no more/Baby, don't hurt me/Don't hurt me no more/What is love?”)

                  She isn’t calling as much anymore. He gives her a kiss and she pulls away. He figures maybe he said something to tick her off. He has to some communication with her. (“I don't know why you're not there/I give you my love, but you don't care/So what is right?/And what is wrong?/Gimme a sign.”)

 

                 The chorus is sung again.

               He has decided to be there for her and wait it out. He has put the ball in her court. He believes they have a good relationship worth saving. It’s upsetting him.(“Oh, I don't know, what can I do?/What else can I say, it's up to you/I know we're one/Just me and you/I can't go on.”)

 

                   The chorus is sung again.

 

                    A variation on the chorus is sung. (“What is love?/What is love?/What is love?/Baby, don't hurt me/Don't hurt me no more/Don't hurt me/Don't hurt me.”)

 

                       He doesn’t want anyone else. They have a future. But now he’s questioning it. (“I want no other, no other lover/This is our life, our time/When we are together, I need you forever/Is it love?”)

 

               The chorus is sung twice.

                A variation on the chorus is sung to end the single. (“Baby, don't hurt me/Don't hurt me no more/Baby, don't hurt me/Don't hurt me no more/What is love?”)

 

                   Haddaway wants the problem solved. He wishes she would talk. He loves her and would do anything for her. Does she not realize it?

 

                   The  awesome “What Is Love” is entrenched in the pop culture hall of fame. It was used for the promos for “My So-Called Life.” It has shown up in an Office episode. People who weren’t born during the 90s probably know the song.


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