I Was A Lover
TV on the Radio Lyrics

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

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Comments from YouTube:

Allison White

I haven’t heard this song years. I almost, ALMOST forgot how good it is.

Danielle MacQuarrie

I had half a lyric stuck in my head the last few months.. I just rediscovered this song, and I feel so much peace right now!

Sarah White



If Smile is Brian Wilson’s teenage symphony to god, Cookie Mountain is the symphony that gets released when you open some ancient Egyptian tomb with a curse on it. It’ll kill us all but it’s totally worth it.

Dan Rumack

this album restructured my life, formative brilliance.

Sarah White

"Return to Cookie Mountain" is not not just an excellent album, but a true moment of accepting prog-rock, synth, rap, whathaveyou

Sarah White

This song popped into my brain the other day, and I'm reminded why "Return to Cookie Mountain" is exemplary. Also, why every dang song is just the best.

Godfrey Liarson

I saw them at moedown I either 2011 or 12. Idk why but the audience was throwing glowsticks at the lead singer. He was untouchable! I thought it was because everyone wanted to try to make contact vicariously, but damn, If it wasn't the best game of dodgeball i ever saw.


Always will love this song and TV on the Radio. Agh.


This song will have no years on it.

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