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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We don't make eye contact, but we have run-ins in town, just a barely polite nod and nervous stares towards the ground

A Zovar


Douglas Mcdonald

2017 crew. anyone here 12 years after this came out?

I am stuck under the water


Ross Miller

@Berry Seinfeld one of the bar managers I sell to is in Celebration and is also friends with TVOTR

Berry Seinfeld

I remember my bartender friend playing me this demo (he was friends w TV). Blew me away. Sounds even better in 2019.

Neggy Deep

still creepin it in 2019, probably 30 years later as well

Ross Miller

I listened to this album when it came out and just revisited last night. This song is prob still my fave TVOTR track overall.

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Erik Bateson

"I'm locked in my bedroom, so send back the clowns"


This song will have no years on it.

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