"Second Lover" as written by and Charles Fink....
Oh, and when will our heartbeats fall into two lines
And the click-clack of our boot heels beat out the same time
Oh, and when will your hand find itself in mine?
Oh, and when will your hand find itself in mine?

And though I don't know your real name
Your real age, or your shoe size
I will leave this bedroom chair
And this keyboard behind

And I will love you in reality and dreams
And I will love you in reality and dreams

And though it kills me to know
That when we are through
You go to your real lover
Who'll put real kisses on you

Oh well, an ex is about the best that I can do
Oh well, an ex is about the best that I can do

And so this lonely, lonely hull
Has no use left for living
After finding her love
In a heart so unpermitting

And I will die and never ever hold your hand
And I will die and never ever hold your hand

But I'll kiss my lips and I'll blow it to you
It'll be the last thing that I ever do
And wherever you go and whatever you do
There's a man underground that will always love you

Oh, wherever you go and whatever you do
There's a man underground that will always love you

Wherever you go and whatever you do
There's a man underground that will always love you


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"Second Lover" as written by Charles Fink

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    General Commentthe guy is in love with this woman who he's so far away from & they can only have an electronic relationship because of their distance. "And I will love you in reality and dreams" the reality means his love is legit, but the dreams part means he dreams about kissing and loving this woman. however, he knows that their relationship most likely won't last BECAUSE of the distance, and when they are through, she will find someone who can kiss her and hold her and love her the way that he can't. she will find a guy to be there for her physically as well as emotionally. despite the demise of their relationship and her moving on, he still will love her forever. "it kills him to know" that she will move on, and i take it as he will die of a broken heart, or the loss is killing him, or he kills himself. "there will always be a man underground who loves you." this is kind of plainly writen that he's dead, and he died loving her, so he will eternally love her. this song is so riddled with desire and loss it's ridiculous. i guess that's why im in love with this song, because i am in the same exact boat.
    chalsayon November 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBecause it seems to be about a long-distance relationship conducted largely through the typed word, I always heard the line as "An 'x' is the best I can do'; IE, he'll never kiss her for real, and can only type the letter to represent the action. Then again, I don't have access to the lyrics that came with the album, but pretending is nice.
    MilkyCeruleanon January 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit breaks my heart always.
    strangely reminds me of neutral milk hotel. (which im saying in a good way.)
    JACKIE THE HOBOon August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And though it kills me to know
    That when we are through
    You go to your real lover
    Who'll put real kisses on you"


    i think the song is about an affair. like an internet-affair. hence the title, "second lover".
    lulinasauruson June 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And I will die and never ever hold your hand"

    This is a lyric from Noah and the Whale’s song ‘Second Lover’. That whole song makes me cry everytime I listen to it, but it’s one of my favourite songs at the same time.

    But I was thinking about this line of the song, and how many people there are whose hands I’ve wanted to hold and never could…

    sux4uuon June 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe noone has commented on this song, it's one my favourites on the album.
    MyBloodBeatsDarkon August 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. it kinda makes me think of an internet relationship.
    'And though I don't know your real name
    Your real age, or your shoe size
    I will leave this bedroom chair
    And this keyboard behind'
    & he's jealous because he isnt there for her in reality and all he can use is 'x's' like kisses, but he cant really kiss her. im not sure about the end bit, i dont think its depressing enough for him to kill himself :) but it kinda makes sense.
    e!on September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs off the album. I really like the metronome ticking in the background, does anyone find it to be a bit hypnotic?

    I agree with e!, it does make me think of a cyber relationship.
    snyruxon September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song gives me goose bumps :)
    frannyb3anon September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Oh, and when will our heartbeats fall into LINE'
    'And so this lonely, lonely HEART'

    They're the lyrics that came with the album. :]

    comedancingon December 23, 2008   Link

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