"Tell" as written by and Johan/weiland Duncanson....
Betrayal is always sad
Needless to say what you could have had
Of course you have it still
But based on a lie that you always will
Repeat till it clings true
I've been lied to by the likes of you
From that point of view
I get the privilege to enlighten you

On what I'm doing to help her
She needs some shelter
And if you've felt her loyalty what can you do?

Will you keep this up,
As long as you can if I don't make it stop?
I don't have a clue
Of what you are about to do
Would you fool me too?
I've been lied to by the likes of you
From that point of view
I get the privilege to enlighten you

On what I'm doing to help her
She needs some shelter
And if you've felt her loyalty what can you do?

I'm trying to help her
She needs some shelter
And if you've felt her loyalty what can you do?


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    General Commenti think this song is about the new boyfriend of a girl talking to the her old boyfriend, who has realised that maybe he still has feelings for her, and it's coming in between the new relationship. absolutely beautiful. "and if you've felt her loyalty, what can you do?" -> i love this line, because it's not denying the past, but recognizing the helplessness of trying to move on.
    paul_bankson October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGenius. The Radio Dept. lyrics are always so sincere and beautiful.
    Cleo23on January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's about a male friend who is trying to protect his female best friend from her boyfriend. He knows the truth, he's caught him cheating on her. The boyfriend is trying to defend himself and try to paint a different picture, trying to explain himself by saying nothing happened. "But based on a lie that you always will/Repeat till it clings true" the man is telling him, keep saying that lie and you'll end up believing it. He'll end up believing he never did anything wrong.

    "Will you keep this up/As long as you can if I don't make it stop?" The boyfriend will continue to cheat, until the friend finally confesses to his best friend about him.

    Either that, or the male is in love with another male, but it just so happens to be his female best friend's boyfriend and he's trying to be loyal.

    The best line throughout the whole song, "From that point of view/I get the privilege to enlighten you."
    mad about the boyon December 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmad about the boy, i think you might be spot on.
    paul_bankson January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA lot of The Radio Dept. songs seem to be about being in love with another man. I agree that this song is about that too.
    I think another way to interpret this is to see it as him being forgotten because of his friends new relationship with someone else and he feels betrayed. The person his friend is in a relationship is evidently not the most suited person for his friend so he wants her to see what he sees. "From that point of view I get the privilege to enlighten you" I think at this point he is moving on because he feels pity for his friend because the friend is missing out for being with someone who doesn't seem to care.
    henriquez508on August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song...
    sleepymekoon December 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm feeling like this is about a deceiver who has ensnared our narrator, and he feels that he is completely justified in getting to judge her and say atrocious things about her because she has proven to have such little worth. He could almost be warning of this cruel person to others, which is why he seems to think that she's not going to change and just keep hurting if she gets the chance. He definitely hates who he's talking about.
    Anilandon July 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove this song...I'm not sure the meaning of it but maybe the betrayal?
    BookerAlicon June 28, 2013   Link

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