"We Were Lovers" as written by Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong....
We meet inside the café
The air is thick like hospital
Choked by the gold on your finger
We were lovers

Bury the thoughts that resurface
Those hands were mine

And now our love has been forgotten
Like it was never there
We're just sitting here like strangers
You gave me yourself for just a little while
But it was you, it was really you

Staring into my coffee
It is not black just a shade of brown
Too scared to let our eyes meet
What will we see?

And now our love has been forgotten
Like it was never there
We're just sitting here like strangers
You gave me yourself for just a little while
But it was you, it was really you

And now our love has been forgotten
Like it was never there
We're just sitting here like strangers
You gave me yourself for just a little while
But it was you, it was really you

The space between us
Will not be beat
Oceans and past lives
We were lovers



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"We Were Lovers" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

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    General Commenti love these lyrics
    describes how well you know someone when you love them, when you see the person other people dont see

    i think
    bloc_party15on February 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHoly Sh*t, this song is ace. It's so personal and raw.
    I think it's obvious what it's about, they lyrics are straight forward. It's about a forgotten relationship and they meet secretly.

    some favorites:

    Choked by the gold on your finger
    We were lovers

    Too scared to let our eyes meet
    What will we see?

    ps. I heard the Kele was gay. not that it matters, but i can't help but to think that maybe a relationsip that wasn't 'acceptable' influenced the song.
    Forever-Poshon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's some interesting comments guys. I'll say what I think...

    It's about an old loving couple who are meeting for the first time in ages. (either by accident or arranged)

    The girl, or guy who Kele is singing about is obviously married "Choked by the gold on your finger" or become really well off, perhaps they married for money?

    Anyway, the message to me is this. No matter how far apart we have become. It can never not be said that You and I never loved each other.

    "You gave me yourself for just a little while
    But it was you, it was really you"

    No matter what you can't deny it.

    "The space between us
    Will not be beat"

    No matter how long it's been, or how far we have gone.

    "Oceans and past lives
    We were lovers"

    I'll never forget.
    Savage Dash 8on March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd now our love has been forgotten
    Like it was never there
    We're just sitting here like strangers
    (lost love in their relationship)

    Staring into my coffee
    It is not black just a shade of brown
    Too scared to let our eyes meet
    What will we see?
    (scared to confront each other)
    ffafbfmvon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is very much like the story in Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell don't you think?
    alittleleftbehindon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is very like 1984. I was convinced it was about that scene when he and Julia meet in the park after Room 101. All the lyrics made sense. Then i heard the line "Choked by the gold on your finger" ( i thought he was saying something else there) and it became pretty obvious that he was not.

    But no. It could be about 1984, but i doubt it. What its probably about is a man who still really loves a woman who is now married.
    chips have salton August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThose hands were mine... Sweetest line... And also... You give me yourself for just little while, but it was you, it was really you... I think when he says "Gave me", he means the act of making love, and he adds, when you love somebody sex isn't sex, but only love... Isn't it awesome?
    FoRevEr_SPooNeron January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis should have been on one of the albums - fantasic.

    My take on it is that they were going out and never really got to know each other, they could have had a good relationship but were to scared to really do things with each other and talk.

    Kinda like going out with girls (or boys..) in primary school, knowing you like each other but you just are to scared to do anything.

    "Now our love has been forgotten" Meaning our love has just gone down... never remembered and could have been something if they had "balls".

    nice song.
    KyleeFon January 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentanyone knows the live-recording 'cells shaped like stars'? this seems to be an earlier version of this song. same meldy and rythm, and a similar text.

    You my interpretations is written above, i think you guys are right. very good song, very cute :D like it!
    1P4B7on February 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlovers who are no longer together but meet secretly and are confronting one another nervously seeing as their lives have moved on.
    classic.
    clouds1on June 18, 2008   Link

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