"I Need A Lover" as written by and John Mellencamp....
I need a lover that won't drive me crazy
(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
I need a lover that won't drive me crazy
Some girl that knows the meaning of, ah-
Hey hit the highway!

Well I've been walking the streets in the evenin'
Racin' through the human jungle at night
I'm so confused, my mind is indifferent
Hey - I'm so weak, won't somebody shut off that light?

Electricity runs through the video
And I watch it from this hole I call home
And all them stonies are dancin' to the radio
And I got the world callin' me up free tonight on the phone

(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
Some girl who'll thrill me and then go away
(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
Hey hit the highway!

Well I'm not wiped out by this poolroom life I'm livin'
I'm gonna quit this job, and go to school, and head back home
(head back home)
Now I'm not asking to be loved or be forgiven
Hey - I just can't face shakin' in this bedroom
One more night alone

(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
Hey hit the highway!

(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
Some girl to thrill me and then go away
(I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
Hey hit the highway!

You betcha'


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"I Need a Lover" as written by John Mellencamp

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    General CommentIn Yr 11 I went out with this chick who went beserk when we broke up & succeeded in losing me most of my friends. What friends I did have left used to joke that this song was about me - I need a lover who won't drive me crazy.
    tsarzanon February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe musical intro is worth a listen by itself. Fantastic drum work anchors the all around tight musicianship during the two minute instrumental buildup.

    The lyrics are simple, to the point and certainly inspired by a bad relationship. One of the greatest "kiss-off" songs of all time in my opinion. Nothing profound here, and perhaps a bit harsh in tone, but this song is musically inspired and thematically aggressive enough to demand repeat listens and a place in classic rock history.
    dwatts13on January 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMessage is pretty clear on this one. Just a good guy looking for a good girl
    Outfielderon January 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe term "stonies" in the song is a term used in the Bloomington, Indiana area (where John Mellencamp is from and continues to reside) to refer to "local people" (as opposed to the college students of Indiana University in Bloomington). "Stonies" is short for "stone cutters", local workers who mine the limestone quarries. Sometimes they are also called "cutters".
    Dunestrideron June 13, 2014   Link
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    General Comment@Dunestrider: That's something I would have never known had you not commented. I just made the obvious and less intelligent assumption he was referring to stoned people. Seriously, I love this site for this reason alone, all the random people who comment and expand knowledge about a song by explaining one simple word with some kind of local flavor to it. Makes me appreciate the simple yet solid songwriting in this one even more.
    lairfans12on February 17, 2015   Link

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