Wikipedia: "Almost Lover" is the first single released from A Fine Frenzy's debut album One Cell in the Sea. The single experienced success in Europe. Alison Sudol (born December 23, 1984), known professionally as A Fine Frenzy, is an American alternative singer-songwriter and pianist. Her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, was released in 2007, followed in 2009 by Bomb in a Birdcage. Sudol's songs have charted in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and France, among other countries. Her music has also been featured on numerous television shows and featured in several major motion pictures. According to her official website, A Fine Frenzy's upcoming album, Pines, will be released in mid- to late-2012.
A comment from songmeanings.net: "The meaning for me is she fell for the sweet lies of somebody she thought she could trust, and he abruptly left her once she'd fully opened up to him. Their relationship was one of those "almost, but not really" types, and she always hung on hoping it would evolve into something more, because he always said "soon" when it came to when things were finally going to happen. Now that things are over, she misses him, but has no illusions of thinking he feels any remorse or longing for her in return...she realizes it was just a stupid game for him. It's a bittersweet song, though I think also hopeful. She's saying goodbye to what they had, giving -herself- closure in her own way, and going to move on no matter what. A pretty positive thought there."
Your fingertips across my skin
The palm trees swaying in the wind
You sang me Spanish lullabies
The sweetest sadness in your eyes
Well, I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you'd want the same for me
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I'm trying not to think about you
Can't you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
Should've known you'd bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do
We walked along a crowded street
You took my hand and danced with me
And when you left, you kissed my lips
You told me you would never, never forget
I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind
So you're gone and I'm haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy to walk right in and out of my life?