Despair and Deception, Love's ugly little twins
Came a-knocking on my door, I let them in
Darling, you're the punishment for all of my former sins

I let love in
I let love in

The door it opened just a crack, but Love was shrewd and bold
My life flashed before my eyes, it was a horror to behold
A life-sentence sweeping confetti from the floor of a concrete hole

I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in

Well I've been bound and gagged and I've been terrorized
And I've been castrated and I've been lobotomized
But never has my tormentor come in such a cunning disguise

I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in

O Lord, tell me what I done
Please don't leave me here alone
Where are my friends?
My friends are gone

O Lord, tell me what I done
Please don't leave me here alone
Where are my friends?
My friends are gone

I let love in
I let love in

So if you're sitting all alone and hear a-knocking at you door
and the air is full of promises, well buddy, you've been warned
Far worse to be Love's lover than the lover that Love has scorned

I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in
I let love in



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  • +1
    General CommentCarries the opposite sentiments of the old "better to have lost and lost" adage. I suppose once you let Love in, like a vampire, it's got you. And its wicked little minions, Despair and Deception, set to work on you while Love sits back and watches with great relish while you squirm in pain. But it's definitely more of a self-damnation then a damning of Love. It's "I let love in," not "love broke into my house and accosted me." It's more about regret than being victimized.
    ireallydontknowon December 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAhhhh,what a great,moving song that makes me wanna cry...Nick,you are a true artist.
    armagezonon February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite songs of Nick Cave and of all times. About love that hurts. An stormy love-hate relation. Brilliant tune.
    Selkison March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes , i ageed with selkis this is a great song(or at least one of my favorites)But never has my tormenter come in such a cunning disguise
    ..love this phrase
    Andres_81on October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBuddy: you've been warned..Far worse to be Love's lover than the lover that Love has scorned
    AMAZING!
    MSboyon June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, pretty much one of Nick's greats - but honestly there are so many - but more honestly, however many there are - this is definitely up there. No nonsense here - no beating around of the bush - just watch your ass pal, cause Nick's been burned and he's gonna tell you like it is - so you better get some ear shit happening cause it ain't worth it to let these words hit the floor unheeded.

    "Darling you're the punishment for all my former sins" - i don't ever wish to hear that from a lovers lips. Awesome.
    StickityWicketon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNick may have warned us, but we all let love in. Why does no-one pay attention to that intelligent man???xD
    InBetweenTheLineson April 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove is a complicated game, the winning move is not to play.

    But that's also the least interesting ;)
    Evastriaon October 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a grand, epic song, damning of all love. Nick is saying its better to be alone and have free will, then be in the ugly grasp of love.
    fearpanic4on November 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a perfect example of catharsis present in Cave's songs. If you have ever been into a relationship which has failed terribly you know what I am talking about. Listening to this song you can re-live your memories and once the song's over the fact that a love is a cruel beast which is always after you do not bother you so much. You know that the song is true, you hate the state of mind it is reflecting but once it is done, you feel somehow stoic- once you got it all.
    MindBlockeron December 08, 2014   Link

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