"Torn Curtain" as written by and Tom Verlaine....
Torn curtain reveals another play
Torn curtain, such an exposé
I'm uncertain when beauty meets abuse
Torn curtain loves all ridicule

Tears, tears
Rolling back the years (years, years)
Flowing by like tears (tears, tears)
Rolling back the years (years, years)
The years I've seen before

Torn curtain giving me the glance
Torn curtain is bringing on the trance
But I'm not hurting, holding to the thread
Torn curtain lifts me on the tread

Tears, tears
Rolling back the years (years, years)
Holding back the tears (tears, tears)
Rolling back the years (years, years)
The tears I've never shed

Torn curtain feels more like a rake
Torn curtain, how much does it take?
Burn it down
(Tears, tears)
Rolling back the years (years, years)
Holding back the tears (tears, tears)
Rolling back the years (years, years)
The years I've seen before


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"Torn Curtain" as written by Tom Verlaine

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  • +2
    General CommentMy sister bought this album yesterday and the whole family listened to it. I loved all of it, especially the guitar on Marquee Moon, but it's this song that's been baunting me. I just keep hearing it in my head, a bit like a bad dream that you're not quite ready to wake up from. I agree with RettAlexis that Television is unlike anything I have heard, but even before I read the liner notes on band influences I could hear heavy strains of the Velvet Underground. This song has the same feel to it as Venus in Furs, possibly one of the darkest songs ever written.
    NellieWhiskeyon December 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on Marquee Moon by far by the best guitar rock band of the seventies. Makes Led Zeppelin look like Simple Plan.
    Moo Rah Rahon March 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPURE GENIUS: that's all.
    enriciaon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis Torn Curtain supposed to be Tom? the words Tom Verlaine are pretty similar to Torn Curtain.
    viciou5on June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentviciou5, i think what you mentioned is very interesting. I never realized that, but i think it must be some sort of play on "Tom Verlaine" The words are just too similar, especially is you look at "rn" from far, it looks like "m".

    I'm not exactly sure what the song means, but it goes well with a lot of the ideas from the other songs on the album, like the idea of contradictions.
    distantfingerson December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, Pure genius. Television is one of the few bands where I can honestly say, I haven't heard anything remotely like this before.

    RettAlexison November 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a girl losing her virginity, with the curtain symbolizing the hymen. The lines "When beauty meets abuse", "Feels more like a rake", as well as the references to flowing (as in the blood that flows when the hymen is torn) back this up.
    GeorgeSalverton January 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about domestic abuse.
    starsdontdotourskyon November 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFWIW, "Torn Curtain" is the title of a Hitchcock film. A Cold War spy thriller.
    losttangoon July 30, 2014   Link

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