"The Lover After Me" as written by and Daniel/hayes Jones....
Here I go again I promised myself I wouldn't think of you today
It's been seven months and counting
You've moved on
I still feel exactly the same
It's just that everywhere I go all the buildings know your name
Like photographs and memories of love
Steel and granite reminders
The city calls your name and I can't move on

Ever since you've been gone
The lights go out the same
The only difference is
You call another name
To your love
To your lover now
To your love
The lover after me

Am I all alone in the universe?
There's no love on these streets
I have given mine away to a world that didn't want it anyway
So this is my new freedom
It's funny I don't remember being chained
But nothing seems to make sense anymore
Without you I'm always twenty minutes late

Ever since you've been gone
The lights go out the same
The only difference is
You call another name
To your love
To your lover now
To your love
The lover after me

And as time goes by so slowly
The nights are cold and lonely
I shouldn't be holding on
But I'm still holding on for you

Here I go again, I promised myself I wouldn't think of you today
But I'm standing at your doorway
I'm calling out your name because I can't move on

Ever since you've been gone
The lights go out the same
The only difference is
You call another name
To your love
To your lover now
To your love
The lover after me


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"The Lover After Me" as written by Darren Hayes Daniel Jones

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    General CommentI shouldn't be holding on
    But I'm still holding on for you......

    beautiful....
    Duffmyster99on August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh this is such a great song. But it makes me feel weird sometimes...
    Sunnyon August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really sweet, this is another about Darren and his divorce with his wife, who he totally adored. Such a shame!!!
    fysiton August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite SG song! (I also LOVE Hold Me) It's just so well written!
    *Rainbow*Diva*on March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNicely written, as always w. Savage Garden
    SmileStruckon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI can relate to this song, i know how he was feeling. It hurts when your ex gets a new partner.
    sire_of_black_eyesson December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, both lyrically and musically wise.
    hazirahMon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, talk about a walk down memory lane including a fall that knocked garbage cans over and sprawling in the gutter!

    I used to listen to this song on repeat for long durations of time back when i was in high school. it reminded me of this guy i was friends with at the time who seemingly forgot i existed, after we'd been friends for years. I'm happy to say i don't relate this to that moron anymore.

    this is still one of my favorite songs of theirs. =P

    "am I all alone in the universe?
    there's no love on these streets
    I have given mine away
    to a world that didn't want it anyway

    so this is my new freedom!
    it's funny, I don't remember being chained,"

    these lines make me think of when people say "oh, you didn't need that person in your life anyway!" or something to that effect, when at the time all you can feel is a giant gaping void in your life because of that person's absence. freedom my ass. =P
    delialon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've been so touched by this song. It still makes me burst into tears, because it seems to be too heavy sometimes. To me this song is the perfect match with "I don't know you anymore", and the general feeling behind the album Affirmation, which I bought in a very particular state of mind which I'm not completely over yet. As it was said, someone who was such a big part of my life suddenly didn't seem to care about me the way he used to, but I am still at the same place. I'm still holding on, and I can't move on even when it's been too long, and nobody knows it but me. And here I go again, thinking about that one - again-. It takes me back to the winter of 2001, the first time we grew apart, and will be this heavy for me, until I finally move onto someone else who REALLY cares for me.
    Gabigson August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDarren Hayes wrote these lyrics at a particularly fragile time in his life. Well, I guess that's pretty obvious from the tone of the whole Affirmation album. His marriage had ended with him still clearly in love with her, and at the time of this album, he knew his band would soon be breaking up also. I think it's a culmination of his divorce, Daniel's wanting to leave the band, and the fact that he didn't really remember how to function as a solo person since he'd been in a relationship since high school.

    Either way, anyone who has been through a painful breakup can relate to this song. Especially if that breakup came after many years of living with your lives intertwined with each others'. In this song, Darren speaks of trying desperately to move on while everything reminds him of her. The bed they shared, the movies they watched, you get the idea. It's about trying to walk on when you can't even move your thoughts.

    These lyrics talk about how the world itself has not changed because they broke up, the lights go out the same, but this is the pivotal moment where he realizes his is not the name she's calling anymore when she turns out her lights. Painful stuff.
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link

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