For many, April Fools' Day is a more appropriate holiday than Valentine's Day when it comes to love. In this song, Rufus Wainwright is struck by Cupid's arrow on February 14, only to be struck down six weeks later.
In a Songfacts interview with Wainwright
, he talked about the song's meaning and how it came to him. "I remember when that chorus came into my mind," he said. "I was in the bath, kind of humming along to myself and not really thinking about it, and 'you will believe in love, and all it's supposed to be' just kind of shot into my brain. I remember standing up naked in the bathtub and singing it out, then writing the song afterwards. Hopefully, I dried off a bit!
It's about this concept almost like Murphy's Law: If something's going to go wrong, it will. I felt like in my early years, everything was always thwarted for me. Whether it was love, school, or friendship, there was always this sort of negative slant that would occur. Little did I know that years later, I would learn that life is just full of different types of experiences, and sadness and failure is just one of them. And everybody goes through it occasionally."