"Loverman" as written by and Nicholas Edward Cave....
There's a devil waiting outside your door
(How much longer?)
There's a devil waiting outside your door
And he's bucking and braying and pawing at the floor
And he's howling with pain and crawling up the walls, oh yeah
There's a devil waiting outside your door
He's weak with evil and broken by the world
He's shouting your name and he's asking for more, give him more, give him more
There's a devil waiting outside your door, oh yeah

Loverman! Since the world began
Forever, amen till end of time
Take off that dress I'm coming down, I'm your loverman
'Cause I am what I am, what I am, what I am

L is for love, baby
O is for only you that I do
V is for loving virtually all that you are
E is for loving almost everything that you do
R is for rape me and
M is for murder me and
A is for answering all of my prayers
N is for knowing your loverman's going to
Be the answer to all of yours

Loverman! Till the bitter end
While empires burn down forever and ever
And ever and ever amen, I'm your loverman
So help me, baby so help me
'Cause I am what I am, what I am what I am, what I am

I'll be your loverman!

There's a devil crawling along your floor
There's a devil crawling along your floor
With a trembling heart, he's come through the door
With his strain and sex and his jumping paw, oh yeah
There's a devil crawling along your floor
And he's old and he's stupid and
He's hungry and he's sore
And he's lame and he's blind
And he's dirty and he's poor
Give him more, give him more, give him more, give him more, give him more, give him more
There's a devil crawling along your floor, oh yeah

Loverman! Now here I stand, forever amen
'Cause I am what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am
Forgive me baby, my hands are tied
And I got no choice, no I got no choice at all

I'll say it again
L is for love and
O is for o yes I do
V is for virtue, so I ain't gonna hurt you
E is for even if you want me to
R is for render unto me, baby
M is for that which is mine and
A is for any old how, darling and
N is for any old time

I'll be your loverman! I got a master plan
To take off your dress and be your man
Seize the throne, seize the mantle
Seize the crown 'cause I am what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am
Your loverman!

There's a devil lying by your side
You might think he's asleep
But look at his eyes
He wants you, baby, to be his bride
There's a devil lying by your side, oh yeah

Oh he's a loverman!
Oh he's a loverman!
Can you comphrend
'Cause I am what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am, what I am
'Cause he's a loverman!
A real loverman!
A real loverman!

Lyrics submitted by SantanicoPandemonium, edited by favolablue

"Loverman" as written by Nicholas Edward Cave

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  • +3
    General CommentNick Cave has specifically stated that he didn't use characters when writing the songs on this album (with the exception of Jangling Jack) and that all of them are written from his personal perspective. That having been said, unless Mr. Cave has been able to lead a secret life of pedophilia, I find it highly improbable that this song is about a child molester.
    Screw0nHeadon October 31, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOh come on. Paedophilia and child molestation - I think not. Demonic love, demonic hate and lust, far better fill the words and the performance of the song. Listen to the song and not just the lyrics, it is about rage and a man (or demon) who feels he has been stripped of what is rightfully is (R is for render unto me baby, M is for that which is MINE) The whole thing just creeps with an ancient malevolence including whispered echoes of the main lyrics (demon talking in many voices). The scope of the narrative (seeing empires fall etc.) is far beyond the imagination and deviations of the human kind.
    pete515on August 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is simply about LUST.
    partenopeion December 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the last poster (partenopei) This song is about lust, plain and simple. There is nothing creepy about it, unless you consider all men creepy. By this I mean that I see the lyrics as describing the darkside of all men when they hunger for sex. It's exaggerated and it is not meant to be taken literally that he's a devil or that he is possessive of her. It's about a simple guy whose brilliant master plan is to get his girl's dress off. He can't help himself, he wants sex, and he will say or do whatever he needs to in order to get it. And in his lust induced haze, he gets all territorial (even some mild mannered men get like in the bedroom) but there is no violence in the song.

    The song is basically about the male need for sex. He is a typical pig of a man but one whom I find sort of endearing because he makes at least the effort to profess undying love.
    Carinapiron January 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAlright, take a load of this: what if this is an answer to Billie Holiday's Lover Man?

    -She's asking where her lover man might be, he starts every verse with his location(outside, on the floor, by her side(which she asks for as well).
    -She's praying for a lover, he's coming down, saying Amen.
    "A is for ANSWERING all of my prayers
    N is for KNOWING your loverman's going to
    be the answer to all of yours "
    -She asks to be whispered in her ear, while throughout the song whispers can be heard on the back.
    -And of course, the fact he's a Devil and she says to give her soul for a loverman.

    This might be odd, but Cave is know to make adaption on older Blues/Jazz tunes and refer to them.

    Now, of course, this would add a curtain "Be careful what for you wish, you just might get it" feel to it.
    That combined with the obvious masculine, low, urging need of sex theme this might be a message of precaution.
    The_Promiseon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt's about mans intense lust and love for a woman who sees his desire and uses it to have power over him. She makes him wait outside her door and then crawl over the floor before she will let him have her. He is willing to do anything or say anything to have her. She makes him feel unworthy, weak, evil, stupid and old but she finally gives him what he wants and it makes him want her more. His lust is temporarily satisfied but he is infatuated and wants her to be his bride.
    simorchidon January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is simple: A song about child molestors. Ironic lyrics about how good they think they are, when it's really saying how stupid and unhuman they are.

    "E is for EVEN if you want me to"
    Shows the very dark humor of Cave.

    One of my favorites songs and lyrics. Absoloutly brilliant, like most of Cave's songs.
    finnurtgon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExplain your reasoning for it being about paedophilia? It kinda makes sense when you say it, but I'd never have jumped to that conclusion... Why do think it's not just a desperate, slightly depraved, perhaps still quite predatory man after a woman?
    spaceboyon March 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think if it was about a peado it would be 100 times more chilling then it already is. then again i re-read the lyrics. would a paedo really 'lie by your side' ...thankfully i dont know but i do query that reading..although it could easily fit. eugh it makes me sick to even think about it. i really like this song, very powerful, nicks rasps are truly TERRIFYING!
    stormcloudon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know "Do You Love Me (part 2)" actually *is* about child molestation, having read an interview with Cave that said just that.

    On the other hand, I don't think I agree it applies to this one, I don't think it's sinister enough. I think the self-deprecating stuff is aimed at a lifelong partner who knows the flaws of the hero but who accepts him all the same.
    mizchiffon December 05, 2005   Link

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