When Love Hurts - JoJo



The Experience: If love doesn't hurt is it really true love? When love hurts, baby, yeah that's how you know it's real. JoJo reminds listeners that love that doesn't hurt probably isn't really love at all.


Music video: JoJo and her backup dancers are in a seemingly abandoned warehouse that reminds viewers how love is not all flowers and butterflies, but needs to outlast the daily grind of everyday life which often is not quite ideal. JoJo and her backup dancers clothes also say something about the message she wants to convey. Both she and the dancers change back in forth between black, grey, and white costumes that also harken back to the beautiful and the messy aspects of daily life. Yet, JoJo's most frequent costumes are white, airy, and shiny, reminding viewers that behind the grime of daily life she is something different from the rest of the mere objects we live among, someone priceless that is worth suffering for.


The Meaning: When love hurts, baby, yeah that's how you know it's real. Real and lasting love has to be able to face the nitty gritty aspects of daily life where we disagree ...like we speak a different language..., but keep on loving anyway. We often accidently hurt those we love ...keep dodging bullets..., but when we really love the other person we hold on and ...neither one will ever say we've had enough. That's how you know it's real.

Ask yourself: How real is your love?


LYRICS:

When love hurts, baby
Yeah, that's how you know it's real
When love hurts, yeah that's how it
Yeah that's how you know it's real

It's like we speak a different language
These double-sided conversations set me up
Keep dodging bullets in the bedroom
But neither one will ever say we've had enough

Help, I can't tell if we're ending
Until we break down, say it now, we're through
All you do

When love hurts, baby
Yeah, that's how you know it's real
When love hurts, yeah that's how it
Yeah that's how you know
When love hurts, baby
Yeah, that's how you know it's real
When love hurts, yeah that's how it
Yeah that's how you know it's real

Those signs went through me like a freight train
You're getting off testing my patience 'til it's gone
But then again, I do the same thing
And neither one will ever say we've had enough

Help, I can't tell if we're ending
Until we break down, say it now, we're through
All you do (oh all you do)

When love hurts, baby
Yeah, that's how you know it's real
When love hurts, yeah that's how it
Yeah that's how you know
When love hurts, baby
Yeah, that's how you know it's real (know it's real)
When love hurts, yeah that's how it
Yeah that's how you know it's real

(Yeah that's how you know it's real)

(Yeah that's how you know it's real)

And that's how you know it's real
Oh and I know it's real

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