Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields wrote the song “The Book of Love”. A cover of the song was performed by Peter Gabriel and used in the soundtrack for the 2004 movie “Shall We Dance”.
We were flipping around the television channels the other day when I happened upon the last few moments of “Shall We Dance”. I was captivated by the song playing behind the final scenes. I Googled the lyrics and found the songs over on YouTube. The original Magnetic Fields version is available on iTunes. But the Peter Gabriel version can only be downloaded there as part of the entire soundtrack.
In honor of Carrie and Al’s wedding day, just a month away, here are both versions of “The Book of Love”: