I Need A Lover

Album: A Biography (1978)
Charted: 28
  • I need a lover that won't drive me crazy
    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    I need a lover that won't drive me crazy
    Some girl that knows the meaning of, ah-
    Hey hit the highway!

    Well I've been walking the streets in the evenin'
    Racin' through the human jungle at night
    I'm so confused, my mind is indifferent
    Hey - I'm so weak, won't somebody shut off that light?

    Electricity runs through the video
    And I watch it from this hole I call home
    And all them stonies are dancin' to the radio
    And I got the world callin' me up free tonight on the phone

    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    Some girl who'll thrill me and then go away
    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
    Hey hit the highway!

    Well I'm not wiped out by this poolroom life I'm livin'
    I'm gonna quit this job, and go to school, and head back home
    (head back home)
    Now I'm not asking to be loved or be forgiven
    Hey - I just can't face shakin' in this bedroom
    One more night alone

    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
    Hey hit the highway!

    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    Some girl to thrill me and then go away
    (I need a lover that won't drive me crazy)
    Some girl that knows the meaning of ah-
    Hey hit the highway!

    You betcha' Writer/s: JOHN MELLENCAMP
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Jeremy from San Diego, CaI remember hearing that this song was written about a friend of his who had just got back from Vietnam...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIt's always been a mystery to me why this song and the album didn't hit it big. Every song on that album is good, it's one of the very few CDs that I play and don't program out a single track. I love this site!!!
  • Dave from Easton, PaGreat tune! I had heard that the intro on this song wasn't originally supposed to be as long as it is. Mellencamp has said that the opening riffs sounded so good that they just kind of got into a bit of a jam session beforehand. This song is, for me, one of those that if it comes on while traveling down the highway, the volume goes all the way up!
  • Camille from Toronto, OhA fabulous, rebellious anthem.
  • Jonnie from St. Louis, MoIn 1967 when I started my career in Radio, I created the name "Jonnie Cougar" and had it Registered as a Copyrighted Name with the U.S. Copyright/Patent Office. I even drove a brand new Mercury Cougar XR7 Hardtop. I established the "Cougar" name and it became well known in the Radio and Records Industry. In 1969 I moved to KAAY Radio/Little Rock and subsequently adopted the signature which has been with me since then "Jonnie King". When John Mellencamp came on the scene as "Johnny Cougar" many told me I should initiate legal steps toward him or his label. I decided against that since my new identity was already long-established and I wanted to cause no problems for anyone at all. Both John and myself have done fine through the years, and although I have met many, many artists in my 40 years in the Industry, John Mellencamp and I have never crossed-paths. I've always wanted to meet him though...to share the story about our 'common namesake' past ! John, here's wishing you the best of everything good and continued success.

    Jonnie King/St.Louis
  • Alexander from Aguascalientes, MexicoThis is a great great song!! I could swear it is also a tribute to the early Bruce Springsteen's sound. It reminds me of Jungleland, for example, from the album "Born to run".
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