I Was a Lover Lyrics

TV on the Radio


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe, David Andrew Sitek, David Kyp Joel Malone, Gerard Anthony Smith, Jaleel Bunton
album: Track 1 in album Return to Cookie Mountain
release date: 2006-7-3
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genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul Pop
styles: Downtempo/Post Rock/Experimental/Indie Rock
length: 4:21
drums: Jaleel Bunton
piano: Gerard Smith
vocal: Kyp Malone and Babatunde Adebimpe
guitars: Dave Sitek
bass: Dave Sitek
sampler: Dave Sitek

Cover Art

TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain cover art
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I was a lover, before this war
Held up in a luxury suite, behind a barricaded door
Now that I've cleaned up, gone legit
I can see clearly: round hole
Round whole, square peg don't fit

I'm locked in my bedroom, so send back the clowns
My clone wears a brown shirt, and I seduce him when there's no one around
Mano why mano, on a bed of nails
Bring it on like a storm, till I knock the wind out of his sails
And we don't make eye contact, when we have run-in's in town
Just a barely polite nod, and nervous stares towards the ground
I once joined a priest class, plastic, inert
In a slowdance with commerce
Like a lens up a skirt

And we liked to party
And we kept it live
And we had a three volume tome of contemporary slang
To keep a handle on all this jive

Ennui unbridled, let's talk to kill the time
How many styles did you cycle through before you were mine?
And it's been a while since we went wild and that's all fine
But we're sleepwalking through this trial
And it's really a crime it's really a crime it's really a crime
It's really criminal

We're just busy tempting, like fate's on the nod
Running on empty, bourbon and god
It's been a while since we knew the way
And it's been even longer since our plastic priest class
Had a goddamned thing to say

I was a lover before this war


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 I Was a Lover
  • 2 Hours
  • 3 Province
  • 4 Playhouses
  • 5 Wolf Like Me
  • 6 A Method
  • 7 Let the Devil In
  • 8 Dirtywhirl
  • 9 Blues From Down Here
  • 10 Tonight
  • 11 Wash the Day