Nina I can be your boyfriend
So you can stay with your girlfriend
Your father is a sweet old man
But it is hard for him to understand
That you wanna love a woman

Nina I can be your boyfriend
If it puts an end to all this nonsense
First time I see you in Berlin
And you don't tell me anything
Until outside your dad's apartment

Oh, God! Jesus Christ!
I try to focus on your eyes
We're having dinner with your family now
Keep a steady look at your left eyebrow
If it's raised, it means yes
If it's not it means take a guess
Hey! You! Stop kicking my legs
I'm doing my best
Can you pass the figs?

Your father puts on my record
He says "so tell me how you met her"
I get a little nervous and change the subject
And put my hand on some metal object
He jokes and tells me it's a lie detector

He takes out the booklet and starts reading
"So I heard you're moving out next season?"
I say "Yeah, New York is nice that time of year
Almost as green as it is here"
He says "I thought you were moving to Sweden?"

Oh, God, what have I done?
I came to Berlin to have some fun
And the clock on the wall strikes four five six
My eyes caught by a big crucifix
Guess that's why he won't let you go
His catholic heart is big and slow
You know I'll do anything for love
But Nina what were you thinking of?

But Nina I can be your boyfriend
So you can stay with your girlfriend
Your father is emailing me all the time
He says he just wants to say hi
I send back "out-of-office" auto-replies

Nina I just want to check in
'Cause I think about you every second
So I send you this postcard just to say
Don't let anyone stand in your way
Yours truly, Jens Lekman

Don't let anyone stand in your way
Don't let anyone stand in your way
Don't let anyone stand in your way
Don't let anyone stand in your way


Lyrics submitted by bing_redboy, edited by errorgorilla, gabbagabbaheygirl

A Postcard To Nina song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI really did not mean to post that twice.

    I really did not mean to post that twice.
    Eamonon December 04, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNo, it's "I can be your boyfriend," as in: "I can pretend to be your boyfriend so your father doesn't catch on that you're gay."
    Eamonon April 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song describes Lekman having an awkward dinner with Nina and her parents. He's pretending to be her date so she can hide the fact that she's gay from her father who has a "catholic heart [which] is big and slow".

    He "thinks about [her] every second" but knows it will never amount due to her preferences, so I'd suppose that the song is somewhat sad in that respect.

    "Don't let anyone stand in your way" is probably a plea for Nina to not hold back or hide the things that make her who she is and what makes her a happy person. That she shouldn't let her father's conservative nature "stand in [her] way".
    m0ofinon March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song, cant believe this black guy is the first person to reply, haha

    song is great lyrics are great and it seems true too..based on a true story cause he explained it live @ the pitchfork festival (look for it on youtube)

    but some of these lyrics are either wrong or go to a different version of the song...

    for example,
    "embarrased"-->"a little nervous"
    "laughs":-->"jokes"

    minor stuff really
    Calledforblackupon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentforgot to say how funny this song is, from his pronunciation of father to "i send back out of office auto replies"
    Calledforblackupon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think "Then it turned into buffalo 66"

    Should be:
    "The clock on the wall strikes four, five, six."

    That's pretty off, so maybe I'm hearing a different version. I really, really wish it said Buffalo 66 since that's my favorite movie. It also somewhat applies to the theme of the song here too.
    OVNSon September 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the line was about Buffalo 66 when he performed it live in 2006.
    DTOon September 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome.

    Probably one of the most effective chorus' I've ever heard.
    Shin-iteon September 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the sign-off line: "Yours truly, Jens Lekman". I assume that's a deliberate echo of Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat" ("Sincerely, L. Cohen").
    johnthelutheranon October 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a hilarious song. one of my favorites from this album.
    caitelleon October 27, 2007   Link

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