i was a lover lyrics – tv on the radio

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 y 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 cl*ss, 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 cl*ss
had a godd*mned thing to say

i was a lover before this war

/ tv on the radio lyrics