The Ballad of Love and Hate

Topics: The Avett Brothers, Scott Avett, Emotion Pages: 2 (792 words) Published: April 24, 2012
THe ballad of Love and Hate

The Ballad of Love and Hate
Communications 102
3-13-2012

The Ballad of Love and Hate
The Ballad of Love and Hate was written by the Avett Brothers in 2007. The lyrics are simple and the genre of music is a mix of blues, rock, bluegrass and folk. Many of the songs that the Avett Brothers write and sing have complex meanings, and are beautifully written. These young men are self-proclaimed modern day poets. I chose this song because of the complexity, and although I’ll try to analyze it, I understand that no one truly know the meaning of the song except the one who penned it. There are several different interpretations of the meaning of this song; the two below are ones that I find most interesting. The Ballad of Love and Hate begins with “Love” being gone, on vacation as it were. When she decides to return, “Hate” is hurt, apathetic and behaves recklessly. After the first verse of the song “Love” is portrayed as never doing anything wrong, being patient and kind and providing hope, care and unconditional regard for “Hate.” The song ends with “Hate” asking “Love” for forgiveness, and the two are reconciled. At first glance the song seems to be written about two people, their broken relationship, and eventual reconciliation. This may hold true with what the artist was trying to convey. The Avett Brothers write primarily about what they know, about relationships, and life experience. The personification of “Love” may be modeled after a woman, possibly one of these young men’s wives, who displayed unconditional love. The vacation in the first verse may refer to a time of separation, where “Hate” grew bitter, yet eventually realized his error, and was won over by the gentle ways of “Love.” “Hate’s” unruly and reckless behavior may have been modeled after one of these young men’s actions. I find the verse about the cab driver very interesting. Do Seth and Scott...

References: American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Avett, S. & Avett S. (2007) Emotionalism; the ballad of love and hate. [Audio] North Carolina: Ramseur Records
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