Radiohead Lyrics

True Love Waits

I’ll drown my beliefs
To have you be in peace
I’ll dress like your niece
To wash your swollen feet

Just don’t leave
Don’t leave

I’m not living
I’m just killing time
Your tiny hands
Your crazy kitten smile

Just don’t leave
Don’t leave

And true love waits
In haunted attics
And true love lives
On lollipops and crisps

Just don’t leave
Don’t leave

Just don’t leave
Don’t leave



Released: November 2001
Found on: I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

“True Love Waits” is one of the most requested live songs that Radiohead has in their catalog. The band have occasionally performed this song prior to the release of OK Computer and during the Kid A and Amnesiac tours but have yet to record it in a studio. May be called ‘Mortigi Tempo’ or ‘Awaits’.

When asked about the meaning of the line “I’ll dress like your niece,” Thom had this to say: “the difference between young and old when people start to dress sensible and act their age. this person is offering not to do that to keep the other. alles klarr?”

According to Thom, the line “On lollipops and crisps” is from an article he read: “I read an article about a child who was between 5-8 yrs old who was left on his/her own for a week in a house when his parents left on hoilday and he lived on lollipops on crisps. True”

“True Love Waits” was finally made available to fans who hadn’t already downloaded a bootlegged mp3 of the song in 11/2001, when they released the I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings live album.

The lyrics have been tweaked over the years, with the second and third verses being swapped.

What many consider THE “True Love Waits” version:

A recent version:

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  • Page

    Some lyric corrections:

    I’ll drown my beliefsTo have YOUR BABIESI’ll dress like your NURSETo wash your swollen feet

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    Sorry the formatting screwed that up. Again: I’ll drown my beliefs, To have YOUR BABIES, I’ll dress like your NURSETo wash your swollen feet

  • fakeplastic

    your corrections aren’t correct, listen above

  • Russell Jon Dillon Carey

    its ‘be in peace’ and ‘dress like you niece’ don’t people get that yet…….? :s

  • I might be wrong

    1995 before camera phones , amazing a fan got such a good copy

  • ananymous

    Listening to the first video above, he quite clearly doesn’t say “babies” or “nurse”. Whether he changes the lyrics up from time to time is another question, but it certainly can’t be said that the lyrics are definitely “babies” and “nurse”.

  • Michael

    I’m going to have to disagree with Mr. ‘Ananymous’; It is not at ALL clear that he doesn’t say ‘babies’. In fact, it sounds more plausible just from hearing it that he drags the ‘A’ out in ‘babies’ rather than saying ‘be in peace’. Either way you look at the lyrics, they fit. He’ll become a different person either so that their love can be true, or so that she doesn’t have to worry about him. I will say that he clearly doesn’t say ‘nurse’, in either version.

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  • Jeremy Bell

    I like all of their song. The rap parts an those sweet voice. But Ido fall in love with their Boy In Luv. The music is great, the MV is great. It’s perfect!
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  • David Paisley

    he DEFINITELY sings ‘to have your babies’, I’ve listened to as many live versions as I could and he’s not singing ‘be in peace’ in any of them.