"For My Lover" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Two weeks in a Virginia jail
For my lover for my lover
Twenty thousand dollar bail
For my lover for my lover

And everybody thinks
That I'm the fool
But they don't get
Any love from you
The things we won't do for love
I'd climb a mountain if I had to
And risk my life so I could have you
You, you, you...

Everyday I'm psychoanalyzed
For my lover for my lover
They dope me up and I tell them lies
For my lover for my lover

I follow my heart
And leave my head to ponder
Deep in this love
No man can shake

I follow my heart
And leave my mind to wonder
Is this love worth
The sacrifices I make

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"For My Lover" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentAccording to Wikipedia: "Some people view the song as being about an unhealthy relationship but when viewed with the knowledge of her sexual orientation and its legality at the time, it takes on a different possible context."
    tangerinedreamson April 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this song. It has a Bonnie and Clyde feel to it.
    phoenix18on March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo Comments??

    This song is great.
    "evereyday i`m psychoanalyzed"
    Fav. line in this song!
    Woolfon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm feeling that mate!
    This song is so much better when ur sad!
    Morticon September 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHer voice is so raw and so real that almost everything she sings, even songs with the most simple melodies, seem to reach right down to your soul and touch you on the most personal level. This song is a great example.
    WiccaGirl_19on January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat awesome use of guitar in this song. You can just feel yourself getting lifted up in the music just before that last 'two weeks in a virginia jail'. You gotta love tracy chapman
    rikkuon October 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It makes me think of a movie I saw as a kid, "Badlands." It starred Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young lovers on a murder spree. It also kinda reminds me of "Sugarland Express" with Goldie Hawn.

    I love the country, rural sound and feel to the song. The mentionings of Virginia add to that. It's also very sad. The narrator is totally in love, totally loyal to her lover, even though that mate is probably nothing but trouble. The narrator probably never got much love at all, so she holds steadfastly onto whatever love she can get, even if it is harmful to her.

    Maybe it's just me, but the use of the word "lover" makes me wonder if this is about a gay couple. I suppose that could just be my connotation of the word. I think it's somewhat sophisticated, and I don't imagine the narrator of the song being very sophisticated. Also, where I come from "lover" is/was often the term of choice to describe a gay person's special friend.
    smellykellyjayon February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA relationship that nobody approves of...but to her it doesn't matter what anybody thinks because she'd do anything for the one she loves
    "I'd climb a mountain if I had to
    And risk my life so I could have you"
    noliesjustloveXxXon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll the sacrifices she made for her love, who, to her, is worth every one.

    $20,000 bail sounds a bit much for 2 weeks porridge!
    limoon October 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely seems like this song is written for/about a gay/lesbian couple...
    jingy23on November 27, 2007   Link

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