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This song appears on the album 'Wild Things Run Fast'

This song appears on the album 'Travelogue'

This song appears on the album 'Complete Geffen Recordings'

This song appears on the album 'Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced'

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by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Although I speak in tongues
Of men and angels
I'm just sounding brass
And tinkling cymbals without love

Love suffers long
Love is kind!
Enduring all things
Love has no evil in mind

If I had the gift of prophecy
And all the knowledge
And the faith to move the mountains
Even if I understood all of the mysteries
If I didn't have love
I'd be nothing

Love never looks for love
Love's not puffed up
Or envious
Or touchy
Because it rejoices in the truth
Not in iniquity
Love sees like a child sees

As a child I spoke as a child
I thought and I understood as a child
But when I became a woman
I put away childish things
And began to see through a glass darkly

Where as a child I saw it face to face
Now I only know it in part
Fractions in me
Of faith and hope and love
And of these great three
Love's the greatest beauty

© 1982; Crazy Crow Music

Additional information:

Love has been recorded by 5 others

Fabio Ranza & Elisabetta Zamberlan (from "Be Cool" - 2002)
Lydia Van Dam Group (from "Both Sides Now" - 1999)
Nergaard, Silje (- 2008)
Oberlin, Karen  (from "A Wish" - 2014)
Peter Herbert, ena, Wolfgang Mitterer & Koehne Quartett  (from "Joni (12 Songs by Joni Mitchell)" - 2011)
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