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1->''"I don't need to stare at stained glass and a steeple\²I don't need to dress to impress all the people\²Don't need no priest, don't need no pew\²You are my religion, my religion is you."''²-->-- Music/{{Skillet}}, "My Religion"²²The inverse of GodIsLoveSongs, Love Is Like Religion is a trope commonly found in pop songs and other romantic works where religious imagery and terminology are used to talk about love as though it itself were a faith or as though the beloved were a celestial being.²²Romantic love and religious faith are often portrayed as very similar states of mind in fiction. Like PropertyOfLove and LoveIsADrug, it's a common romantic desire to [[LikeAGodToMe worship or be worshipped by]] ones beloved. (See the split etymology of "passion".) ²²This interplay can be complicated, since many major religions now and historically have involved suppression of sexuality and supported power structures that make [[MarryForLove Marrying for Love]] almost impossible, especially for women and UsefulNotes/{{LGBT}} people. This means it may overlap with ProtestSong, and using it may reflect a character's CrisisOfFaith. It can also give it a similar effect to InterplayOfSexAndViolence.²²A common {{Motif}}. Sub-trope of BlasphemousPraise; SisterTrope to the non-romantic LikeAGodToMe and NotChristianRock (though it is also common in actual ChristianRock). Compare InLoveWithLove and ConvertingForLove. Common to characters and artists who were RaisedCatholic. Expect lots of ritual-inspired UnusualEuphemism.²²Often incorporate BiblicalMotifs such as BloodOath, ForbiddenFruit, GardenOfEden, and SevenDeadlySins.²²Compare DivineDate, where the object of affection is ''literally'' divine. Contrast HotAsHell, where they're [[{{Satan}} the opposite]]. Contrast ReligionRantSong.²²Note that this trope is about the motif where love is figuratively compared to religion, '''not actual religions based on love.'''²²----²!!Examples:²%%²%%²%% NOTE: Music examples are alphabetized by artist.²%%²%%²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': "Heaven's Light / Hellfire" contrasts Quasimodo's crush on Esmeralda with [[VillainLoveSong Frollo's]] lust for her, where they compare each to the light of {{Heaven}} and the fires of {{Hell}}, respectively. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', William compares his love for Jocelyn to "the fear, the passion" of being in church and declares that he will say rosaries to her and no one else.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Several of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's sonnets explore this trope. ²** In Sonnet 31, the poet, speaking about his past lovers, laments:²--->"How many a holy and obsequious tear\²Hath dear religious love stol'n from mine eye"²** In Sonnet 105, the poet protests that his devotion to his beloved should not be considered "idolatry" (worship of idols distracting from {{God}}), because his love is, like his faith, "To one, of one, still such, and ever so."²** In 108, he compares the beloved's name to a prayer:²---> "... like prayers divine,\²I must each day say o'er the very same,\²Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,\²Even as when first I hallowed thy fair name."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* SynthPop singer Allie X has "Sanctuary", where she characters her lover as her sacred place of protection, also incorporating allusions to [[BurnTheWitch witch burning]]. There's also the line, "the Saints all dance to the trumpet sounds", alluding to [[CaughtUpInTheRapture the Rapture]].²* Similarly, the Music/AlyAndAJ album ''Sanctuary'':²** "Church" uses ''church'' as a metonym for unconditional love:²--->''"I need redemption\²For sins I can't mention ...\²I need a little church."''²** [[TitleTrack "Sanctuary"]]:²--->''"Every waking moment\²Yeah, you always bring me to my knees\²Somehow no one does it better\²When you fall down and commune with me."''²* Music/AnnieLennox's "Take Me to the River" combines the imagery of a [[SymbolicBaptism baptism]] with subtle [[DoubleEntendre innuendo]].²* From the unreleased Music/BillieEilish track, "6.18.18":²-->''"You made me wanna pray\²But I think God's fake."''²* "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Music/BelindaCarlisle, where she claims being with her lover makes . . . Heaven a place on Earth.²* Music/{{Beyonce}}'s "Halo":²-->''"Baby, I can see your halo\²You know you're my savin' grace."''²* "Primitive Kiss" by Music/CarolTatum:²-->''"Holy is my ancient queen\²A primitive kiss ...\²Salvation in her dark eyes."''²* Music/DepecheMode:²** "Personal Jesus". According to WordOfGod [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Jesus here]]:²--->"It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis Presley was [Priscilla Presley's] man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?"²** [[LoveMartyr "Martyr"]]:²--->''"I've been a martyr for love\²Nailed up on the cross."''²* Music/FallOutBoy:²** "Uma Thurman" is a [[IntercourseWithYou heavily sexual song]] incorporating much religious imagery, the singer promising to "move mountains", "work a miracle", and "keep you like an oath" and expressing a desire to "confess" to his beloved.²--->''"The blood, the blood, the blood of the lamb\²Is worth two lions but here I am."''²** "Church":²--->''"If you were church, I'd get on my knees\²Confess my love, I'd know where to be\²My sanctuary, you're holy to me\²If you were church, I'd get on my knees."''²* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine [[AuthorAppeal just loves religion and passion]], so this trope is bound to happen.²** Her [[ObsessionSong obsession]] in "Drumming Song" is "sweeter than heaven and hotter than hell."²** "All This And Heaven Too":²--->''"And the heart is hard to translate\²It has a language of its own\²It talks in tongues and quiet sighs\²And prayers and proclamations."''²** "Bedroom Hymns" is one long comparison of religion to [[IntercourseWithYou the ecstasy of sex]].²** "St. Jude" invokes the patron saint of lost causes for a failing relationship.²** "Big God". According to [[https://genius.com/14821376 Genius]]:²--->''"Instead of trying to deal with them herself, Florence decided that she personally needed a being both higher and larger than herself--a God--to which to hand these overwhelming feelings, as she was unable to deal with them alone. She hoped it would allow her to reconcile with her loss and fill the hole her partner had left in her life."''²** "Moderation".²--->''"Then bow your head in the house of God."''²* Music/KatyPerry:²** "Legendary Lovers" makes nods to various religious traditions, mentioning {{Karma}} and the {{third eye}} and telling her lover, "{{Say my name}} like a scripture / Keep my heart beating like a drum".²** "Spiritual" is this trope in purest form.²--->''"Lay me down at your altar, baby\²I'm a slave to this love\²Your electric lips have got me speaking in tongues\²I have prayed for a power like you."''²* While its literal message [[{{Applicability}} has been variously interpreted]], Music/LeonardCohen's [[https://genius.com/Leonard-cohen-hallelujah-lyrics "Hallelujah"]] combines lost-love tropes with a ''lot'' of Christian symbolism.²* Music/{{HIM}}:²** They have a LoveMartyr song titled "The Face of God".²** In "The Sacrament", the narrator's religion is the relationship he has with his true love.²* Music/{{Hozier}}:²** "Take Me to Church" is an intense ballad that uses religious imagery throughout as the singer expresses wanting to worship his beloved instead of the church that rejected their love, with a prechorus of repeated ''amen''s.²** In "Foreigner's God", the singer expresses his love for a woman who does not conform to his society's edicts as "Screaming the name of a foreigner's god". ²* Music/LadyGaga employs this frequently, especially in ''Music/BornThisWay''.²** "Judas" remixes pieces of the story of [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]], Judas, and Mary Magdalene to explain the singer's current relationship.²** [[WordOfGod According to Gaga]], "Bloody Mary" was also inspired by Mary Magdalene. It Incorporates much of the same imagery.²--->''"And when you're gone\²I'll tell them my religion's you."''²** "Electric Chapel" plays with the idea of sanctuary, asking her lover to commit to her by meeting her in the symbolic "electric chapel".²--->''"My body is sanctuary\²My blood is pure."''²** One verse of "Teeth":²--->"Got no salvation ''(no salvation)''\²Got no religion ''(my religion is you.)''"²* Religious imagery is all over Music/PanicAtTheDisco's music, tempering the wild sin motif. Their lead songwriter, Brendon Urie, [[RaisedCatholic grew up]] UsefulNotes/{{Mormon|ism}} . . . in [[VivaLasVegas Las Vegas]].:²** "This Is Gospel", a lost-love song. The promotional video for the album's tour featured Brendon WaxingLyrical to this song in the style of a mega-church evangelist.²--->''"This is gospel for the vagabonds\²Ne'er-do-wells and insufferable bastards\²Confessing their apostasies\²Led away by imperfect impostors."''²* Music/{{Prince}}'s "7" plays heavily into religious imagery, including comparing his lover to an angel and saying their love will defeat the SevenDeadlySins.²* "Rev 22:20" by Music/{{Puscifer}} is an IntercourseWithYou song comparing lustful feelings with Biblical imagery.²* Zig-zagged by Music/{{REM}}'s "Losing My Religion". The music video features religious imagery, although the song itself isn't about religion: it's derived from the southern expression meaning "Losing one's temper" or "Being at the end of one's rope"; Thus, the song is about unrequited love.²* "My Religion" by Music/{{Skillet}}, as seen in the page quote.²* {{Discussed}} in IndiePop SingerSongwriter Squalloscope's "Big Houses" (featured on ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''), where she explores the relationship between love and the Catholic Church, questioning what sort of commitment her religious lover wants from her.²-->''"If I sign this piece of paper\²Do I sell my soul along with my duty?"''²* Music/SuzanneVega: The similarly themed "Bound" and "Penitent" both play with the idea of the singer as the disciple of her lover, asking them to take her back like a prodigal son and wondering to what extent she would obey them.²-->''"You appear without a face\²Disappear but leave your trace\²I feel your unseen frown."''²* Several songs on Music/TaylorSwift's ''Red'' play with this.²** In the opening track, "State of Grace", she compares the short time she spent with her lover to a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin state of grace]], though she admits in the bridge that "you were never a saint / And I loved in shades of wrong".²** The similar "{{Holy Ground}}":²--->''"And darling, it was good\²Never looking down\²And right there where we stood\²Was holy ground."''²* "Deeper" by Valerie Broussard incorporates some religious imagery, including saying she wants to lead her lover through the darkness (an allusion to [[https://biblehub.com/psalms/23-4.htm Psalm 23:4]]).²-->''"Ain't no saint without the sinner\²No relief without the fever\²So c'mon and cut me deeper, deeper."''²* Music/{{Zolita}} expresses her love as a form of worship in "Holy", from the album ''Immaculate Conception''.²-->''"Worship your body as you walk my way\²You're the only one who can make me pray\²I fall at your feet, your breath defined\²And underneath my skin's an intrinsic shrine."''²* "Love Is My Religion" by Music/ZiggyMarley is about love in general rather than the specifically romantic variety, but it does contain lines that play into this trope.²-->''"I'll [[UnusualEuphemism take you to the temple]] tonight."''²* "700 Club" by Music/NicoleDollanganger:²-->''"Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ\²Think I just found the light in your eyes\²Think I just became as religious as they come\²I think I just found God\²Dumb founded by the glow of your gold halo\²Oh, God, I can't believe I'm staring at a living angel."''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* In ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}'', J.D. and Veronica sing a song called "Our Love Is God" about destroying what they've known and building everything new with the power of their love. ²-->'''J.D.''': I worship you.²* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'':²** Romeo begins his famous "But soft ... " speech comparing Juliet to the sun and moon, and ends by straight up calling her an angel:²--->''"O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art\²As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,\²As is a winged messenger of heaven\²Unto the white-upturned wond'ring eyes\²Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him."''²** Later, when he has been exiled, he laments that "Heaven is here, where Juliet lives!"²** Juliet gets into the act as well, during the balcony scene (Act II, scene 2):²--->''"Do not swear at all.\²Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,\²Which is the god of my idolatry,\²And I’ll believe thee."''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', an exercise at couples' therapy shows that Beth's ideal version of her husband perceives her as a literal goddess. ²[[/folder]]²----

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