Take a selfish lover for a while
And apply the tricks you learn to all you love
Convince yourself the research was worthwhile
And file it under 'N' for 'no harm done'

Lie with a smile in your eyes if you can
These are the things that will make you a man

There is nothing inconsistent about a liar
He can never change the course on which he's set
Decisions in the white heat of desire
Think nothing of the bitter cold regret

And sins of the father will wake in the son
Till you can't count the cost of the damage you've done

These are the things that will make you a man
Oh how can I tell you how sorry I am?

How sorry I am.

Oh, how sorry I am.

I took a selfish lover, no harm done
Forgetting all the gentle love she gave
The single indiscretion weighed a tonne
And it pushed our little boat beneath the waves

Lyrics submitted by skttrbrain, edited by LinfordB

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    General CommentThis line
    There is nothing inconsistent (about a lie?)

    should read
    There is nothing inconsistent about a liar

    Dunno how to change it in the lyric section!
    CraigRJon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think he's being promiscuous to learn skills and make himself feel like a man, telling himself he's not doing any harm, but he's regretting it

    amazing, why do elbow leave some of their best songs off albums?
    Leif_Eriksonon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@leif: Guy Garvey often says that when he was young, whenever he got a new single he would flip it over and listen to the other side first, because he thought generally b-sides were more experimental, different, or interesting. Therefore he probably thinks b-sides should be just as good if not better, than the corresponding single. And as we know, b-sides don't go on albums.
    dractionon August 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"there is nothing inconsistent about a liar"
    Lilitroubleon January 23, 2012   Link

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