Origin of Love

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Origin of Love is a song from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The song is based on a story from Plato's Symposium which describes humans originally existing essentially as two people conjoined at the back, however the gods became angry and scared of them, so they separated the humans into two individuals. This created the origin of love which is the act of people trying to push each other back into a single person again.

The lyrics and music were composed by Stephen Trask. On the film soundtrack, the song is track 2. Vocals are by John Cameron Mitchell, backup vocals by Trask and Miriam Shor. Lead guitar was played by Bob Mould, rhythm guitar by Trask, keyboards by Trask, bass by Ted Liscinski, drums by Perry James.

I first heard this song when I watched the film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the early-2000s. I especially enjoyed this song and its fantastic visuals in the film, and it became my favorite from the musical, and one of my favorite songs from musicals in general.