"Rotten Love" as written by and James Israel Levy....
I think about you
And what you've done
I think about you
And what you've become
I said tonight is the party
Would you like to come
But she said no I can't James
And he smelled of

He smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love

I think about Regina
And what she's done for me
I think about Regina
She's so sweet
I said tonight is the party
Would you like to come
But she said no I can't James
And he smelled of

He smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love

I think about me
And what I've done
I think about me
And what I've become
I said tonight is the party
Would you like to come
But she said no I can't James
And he smelled of

She smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love
He smelled of rotten love
She smelled of rotten love


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"Rotten Love" as written by James Israel Levy

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    General CommentI really like this song, heard it the other night and thought it was really nice!
    x_Heather_xon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning of this song is fairly obvious: a guy is being rejected by the women in his life so he thinks his love is rotten. Oh how I love this song...
    Milkman82on April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentregina spektor is it?ya i think so...
    azahzon September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Milkman82.

    This song:
    is in a minor key
    has pleasant sound that is "really nice" (to me Regina is the melody)
    is somewhat disheartening lyricaly(or at least for James)

    Actually, a couple of my friends are named Regina and James..the song really fits them in a way. Maybe that is why I like it so much. Regardless, I enjoy this song.
    pearljam79on August 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is james and regina's breakup song!
    ahh i get so sad for james... this song is really amazing though. I don't know when exactly regina cheated on him, but when he plays it you can hear hurt in his voice. It sucks because I am a huge regina fan, thinking she can do no wrong, when i found out she was in a relationship with james levy and had sex with julian from the strokes!

    everyone makes mistakes, but this song will last for awhile...
    alexmakeson October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI found out!
    when regina went on tour with the strokes (the tour ROOM ON FIRE in 2003).
    well like I said old breakup, but the song will always stay fresh.
    breakup songs are the worst, but the best.
    in the song, there is a part of a phone conversation of them. from what i deciphered it is james' answering machine. he answering machine says " Hello, this is James, I can't get to the phone right now, cause I'm occupied..." Then Regina (I think) says "oh god!" over the phone, her voice sounds sorry and drunk.
    I love james, regina, and julian. but fuck julian for sleeping w/ her.
    alexmakeson November 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe's being rejected by different women because he's not sincere and they can tell. Rotten love is no love at all. Maybe he just wants sex.
    suomynonaon October 02, 2014   Link

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