"Tenderoni" as written by Kele Okereke and Alex Xxxchange....
(Away, away, away, away)
Been running with the rude boys
For much too, much too long
You think you are one of them.

Every time that we kissed
It seems you were holding back
Don't be so quick to pull away.
(Away, away, away, away)

I know you're thinking murder
Driving in your father's car
I will not let you disappear.

Not your fault
Not your problem
Not one to apologize
If you want tough, I'll give you tough.

(She said she was)
even more than this
(and she would rot the brain in)
her head

(She said she was)
even more than this
and you would rot the brain in her head

T, E, N, D, E, R, O, N, I

T, E, N, D, E, R, O, N, I.

(She said she was)
even more than this
(and she would rot the brain in)
her head

(She said she was)
even more than this
and you would rot the brain in her head

T, E, N, D, E, R, O, N, I

T, E, N, D, E, R, O, N, I.


Lyrics submitted by waltza

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    General CommentWhen I listen to it and try to put the story together I hear:

    (She said she knows)
    you more than this
    and you would ROB the brain in her head

    The last line "and you would rob the brain in her head" refers to the slang "thief head" which basically means that he's basically playing her and that she's naive - hence robbing her of her brain. I will also admit that it sometimes sounds like:

    (She said she loves)
    you more than me
    but you will rob the brain in her head
    Raddehon October 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe official lyrics for the studio version are "and you would rot the brain in her head", but he sings "that you were born for greatness" live. Just to clear up any confusion.
    BuzzingFridgeon July 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonally, i think he says "she would rot the brain in your head", then says you were built for greatness. watch the music video, you were built for greatness is definitely the theme, but i just feel with it being a two part chorus, he says both. still love the song.
    bagmonkeyon July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's, "and you would rot the brain in her head"

    I think all of those parts are actually, "and you were born for greatness"
    gat0rjayon May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think that the chorus is

    Did you know
    That your more this than
    And you were built for greatness
    virus8meon June 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe performed it in session for Zane Lowe last week and in the performance he clearly says "and you where bourn for greatness". I think this would make more sense for the chorus. But as a massive Bloc Party fan I know that they can change there lyrics for performances.
    ismismon June 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the 2 guys above, especially virus8me on the chorus when he seems to say

    'Did you know
    That your more this than
    And you were built for greatness'

    You can easily tell when listening to the live version youtube.com/…
    But I think he says 'She said did you know', because he seems to say something before the 'did you know'.
    Lisa126on June 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA pretty good start for Kele I think. Not nearly the best on the album but I like it. What's it about?
    Wipqoznon June 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes i think everyone has heard the live versions of this song where he says CLEARLY "She said she was, even more than this, and you were built for greatness-ess. BUT im really unsure about the album version. the first time i heard this song, i thought it was "...and you would rot the brain in the head"
    SMUSER17421117on September 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe said she wanted more than this or She said she wants you more than this. Album version. that's what I hear. Listening right now.
    bnormal320on November 17, 2010   Link

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