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The Libertines
The Libertines


Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Post-punk Revival
Garage Rock Revival
Indie Rock
Years active 1997—present
Label(s) Rough Trade Records
Associated acts Razorlight
Dirty Pretty Things
The Chavs
Babyshambles
Yeti
Members
Pete Doherty
Carl Barât
Gary Powell
John Hassall
Former members
Johnny Borrell
Steve Bedlow
Paul Dufour



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The Libertines Album


The Best Of: Time For Heroes (10/29/2007)
10/29/2007
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Yelled:
Get out of it

I saw two shadow men on the Vallance road
They said they'd pay me for your address
Oh, I was so bold
I said, you see these two cold fingers
These crooked fingers I show?
You's a way to mean no
Well, they didn't like that much, I can tell you
They said, sunshine, I wouldn't wanna be in your shoes
And they chased me up three flights of stairs
Caught me in the lift, I sighed and said hello
But you're impossible

But it's just like he's in another world
He doesn't see the danger on show
He'll wind up like Joseph, bloody in the hole
It's just like she's in another world
How they suit each other, oh
But you never get close
It's impossible

Saw the same two men on the Cally road
Said now they'd double their offer, I was so bold
To say, you see these two cold fingers, I know
These crooked fingers I show?
Oh, you's a way to mean no

But it's just like he's in another world
He doesn't see the danger on show
He'll end up like Joseph, bloody in a hole
It's just like she's in another world
And how they suit each other, oh, no
Oh, you never get close
Unstoppable

It's just like we're in another world
How we suit each other, oh, no
But you never get close
That's close enough

. . .


Did you see the stylish kids in the riot
Shovelled up like muck
Set the night on fire
Wombles bleed truncheons and shields
You know I cherish you my love

But there's a rumour spread nasty disease around town
Caught around the houses with your trousers down
A head rush in the bush
You know I cherish you my love
Oh how I cherish you my love

Tell me what can you want
Now you've got it all I've seen is obscene
Time will strip it away, a year and a day
And Bill Bones,
Bill Bones knows what I mean

Yes it's eating, it's chewing me up
It's not right for young lungs to be coughing up blood
And it's all
It's all in my hands
It's all up the walls

The stale chips are up and the hopes stakes are down
Its these ignorant faces that bring this town down
Yeah I sighed and sunken with pride
You know passed myself down on my knees
Yes I passed myself down on my knees

Now tell me what can you want
When you've got it all I've seen is obscene
Time will strip it away, a year and a day
And Bill Bones,
Bill Bones knows what I mean

There are fewer more distressing sights than that
Of an Englishman in a baseball cap
And we'll die in the class we were born
That's a class of our own my love
A class of our own my love

Did you see the stylish kids in the riot
Shovelled up like muck
Set the night on fire
Wombles bleed truncheons and shields
You know I cherish you my love
And I cherish you my love.

. . .


A slave's a girl who slaves her days away
In arabesques and minarettes
And tablecloths and serviettes
She's screaming, ?This is what you get?

First you put the tongue in
Then you put the boots in
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah
First you put the tongue in
Then you put the boots in
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah

The mob goes fifteen ways
I dunno which way to go
The mob goes fifteen ways
And my head, my poor head
Feels like a smashed window

George is twenty-four, easily bored
All his life, seen nothing but closed doors
Not any more

First you put the tongue in
Then you put the boots in
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah
First you put the tongue in
Then you put the boots in
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah

And he mob goes fifteen ways
I dunno which way to go
The mob goes fifteen ways
And my head, my poor head
Feels like a smashed window

. . .


Don't look back into the sun
Now you know that your time has come
And they said that it'd never come for you
Oh my friend you haven't changed
Looking rough and living strange
And I know that you've got a taste for it too

I shall never forgive you
But she won't let you go
No, never forgive you
And they wont let you go
Oh no!

Don't look back into the sun
You got your past, but you are on the run
I know the lies you said
You dared to say

I heard that song at the Death Disco
Starts so fast and ends so slow
All the time I had to think of you

I shall never forgive you
But she won't let you go
No, never forgive you
And they wont let you go
Oh no!

. . .


I've got a little secret for ya

Even now there's something
To be proud about
You come up the hard way
And they'll remind you every day
You're nothing

Oh my words in your mouth
Are mumbled all about
You're like a journalist
How you can cut and paste and twist
You're awful

Tell it to your king
Tell him everything you know
Tell him you know how I feel
Tell him you know how I feel at the palace gates
Oh I'm all levered off my face
And just to work out what it's on about
And see snakes in eyes
And danger signs

If you were late you mustn't dare complain
And you won't like this at all
There's nothing to break your fall

Oh tell it to your king
Tell him everything you know
And you know how I feel out of place
Until I'm levered off my face
And I can't work out what your on about
Didn't they explain
You have to play the game, oh-oh

He drinks and smokes his cares away
His heart is in the lonely way
Living in the ruins
Of a castle built on sand

. . .



Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang

Oh whatcha gonna do, Katie?
You're a sweet sweet girl.
It's a cruel, cruel world
It's a cruel, cruel world.

My pins are none too strong, Katie
Oh hurry up, Mrs Brown
I can feel it coming down
it won't take none too long

But since you said goodbye
There're polka dots in my eye
And I don't know why

Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang de-lang

Whatcha gonna do Katie?
You're a sweet, sweet girl
It's a cruel, cruel world
It's a cruel, cruel world

And my safety pins are none too strong
But they hold my life together
You know I never say never
I never say never again

Oh but since you said goodbye
There are polka dots in my eye
And I don't know why

Since you said goodbye
There are polka dots in my eye
And I don't know why

And since you said goodbye
There are polka dots in my eye

. . .



An ending fitting for the start
You twisted and tore our love apart
Your light fingers through the dark
Shattered the lamp into darkness, they cast us all
No, you've got it the wrong way round
You shut me up, and blamed it on the brown
Cornered the boy, kicked out at the world
The world kicked back a lot fucking harder now

If you wanna try
If you wanna try
There's no worse you could do
Uh oh oh

I know you lie
I know you lie
But I'm still in love with you
Uh oh oh

You can't take me anywhere, I take you anywhere
You can't take me anywhere, I can take you anywhere
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go

No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now

Have we enough to keep it together
Or do we just keep on pretending
And hope our luck is never ending, no

Try to pull the world, I wasn't feeling too clever
...

If you wanna try
If you wanna try
There's no worse you could do
Uh oh oh

I know you lie
All you do is make me cry
All those words that ain't true

You can't take me anywhere, I can take you anywhere
You can't take me anywhere, I can take you anywhere
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go

No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now

. . .


What a waster, what a fucking waster
You pissed it all up the wall
Round the corner where they chased her
There's tears coming out from everywhere
The city's hard
The city's fair
Get back inside, you've got nothing on
No, mind your bleedin' own you two bob cunt

When she wakes up in the morning
She writes down all her dreams
Reads like the Book of Revelations
Or the Beano, or the unabridged Ulysses
Oh, I really wanna know
So tell me
Where does all the money go, where does all the money go
Straight, straight up her nose

And I never really liked it any way
So much preferred it the other way, yeah

What a divvy, what a fucking div
Talking like a moron, walking like a spiv
I was laying in bed, paying my rent
He was knocking on the door for something that she lent her brother
Meanwhile from under the covers she says
Save me from tommorow now, save me from tommorow
Oh no
Oh no, not me

And I never really liked it any way
So much preferred it the other way, yeah
Never really liked it any way
So much preferred it the other way, yeah

What a waster, what a fucking waster
You pissed it all up the wall
Round the corner where they chased her
There's tears coming out from everywhere
The city's hard
The city's fair
Get back inside you've got nothing on
No, mind your bleedin' own you two bob cunt

What a waster, what a fucking waster
You pissed it all up the wall
Round the corner where they chased her
There's tears coming out from everywhere
The city's hard
The city's fair
Get back inside you've got nothing on
No, mind your bleedin' own you two bob cunt

. . .


On the bus the other day
You could tell right from the start
There's magic in all that you play
But oh, can you play guitar boy
Can you play guitar?
The truth is known the drums they roll
Loop the loop on the old banjo

Say, "No no no"
Say, "Yeah, yeah, yeah"
I said, "Maybe, maybe, maybe"
I just don't care"

No it doesn't rhyme with treasury
Nothing I never did
Measure out your honesty and
Things you keep in
Things they keep in
The truth is known the drums they roll
I loop the loop on the old banjo

Say, "No no no"
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Oh maybe maybe maybe
I just don't care

Some people run from trouble, some people meet it half way
Others are glad to pay their cab fare over
And superficially you enjoy the company that you loathe to bear
Enjoy the company
What exactly do you mean
The truth be known the drums they roll
I loop the loop on the old banjo

Say, "No no no"
Said, "Yeah yeah yeah"
Oh maybe maybe maybe
I just don't care

Say, "No no no"
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh maybe maybe maybe
I just don't care

. . .


You walk in like you never seen the light,
You walk in like it every night,
But I've never seen you dance and I never heard you sing,
So how could it mean a single thing?

It's all so rudimentary

You're talking like your handy in a fight,
You talk about it every night,
But I've never seen those flowers in the barrell of your gun,
All I've ever seen you do is run,

It's nice of you to mention

But tell me baby how does it feel?
I know you like the roll of the limousine wheel yeah
And they all get them out for (- they all get them out)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)
They twist and they shout for (- they twist and they scream and shout)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)

You walk in like you never seen the light
You walk in like it every night
But then I stopped to think and I asked myself 'why?'
It's one of those things that darling you must try

It's all so rudimentary

And now I'm jealous I'm jealous of my own
I've no homestead but through these hearts I will roam yeah
They all get them out (- they all get them out)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)
They scream and they shout for (- they twist and they scream and shout)
For they boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)

(guitar solo)

But tell me baby how does it feel?
I know you like the roll of the limousine wheel yeah
And they all get them out for (- they all get them out)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)
They scream and they shout for (- they twist and they scream and shout)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)

Yes they all want them out for (- they all want them out)
For they boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)
They scream and they shout for (- they twist and they scream and shout)
For the boys in the band (- only for the boys in the band)

. . .


From way far across the sea
Came an Eritrean maiden she
Had a one track mind and eyes for me
Half blinded in the war

With a pale young Anglican
Who said he'd help her all he can
Showed her Jesus and his little unholy friend
She had no mind to please him
Just say 'ta-ra' and leave him behind

There's a little boy in a stairwell who
Says "I hate people like you,
I got match sticks and cable TV
Half of less than 50p"
We all clambered over the balcony
Banging on the window waking Steve
Bringing with a true love his unholy friend
Singing if you really need it
You just wont leave it behind

So baby please kill me
Oh baby don't kill me
But don't bring that ghost 'round to my door
I don't wanna see him anymore

Please kill me
Oh baby don't kill me
Just don't bang on about yesterday
I wouldn't know about that anyway

Monkey said to the mouse before
If she loved anybody more than he
It turns you into stone now
And I'm reversing down a lonely street
Cheap hotel where I can meet the past
Play it off and keep it sweet
Ah, It's sweet like nothing oh
It's just like nothing at all

Yes I've seen you there
How could I help but stare
It rips the heart out of your baby
Taken far too much to see or think or touch
Whats real stranded on this street
That paved my only way home
If you really need it oh
You just won't leave it behind

Oh, please kill me
Oh no don't kill me
Don't bring that ghost round to my door
I don't wanna see him anymore

Please kill me
Oh no don't kill me
Don't go on about yesterday
You know I wouldn't know about that any way oh no

He got nothing oh
He got nothing at all
He got nothing oh
He got nothing at all

. . .


You caught me in the middle dazed on the carpet
I was following the lines that move like more snakes thinking
Something aint quite right
You got the devil on your side standing to your right come on

You caught me in the middle dazed and confused
I was following the good steps fancy free and footlose
And 'something aint quite right'
But if you get them on your side then we'll have a good time come on now come on

I get along, i get along, i get along, i get along,.... get along

It's coming out my ears so baby here's what we'll do
Theres 10 for you and 6 for him and 4 for them and let me see
Now something aint quite right
You can get them on your side then we'll have a good time come on

I get along, i get along, i get along, i get along, get along

I get along singing my song, people tell me i'm wrong
Fuck 'em

It's coming out my ears so baby here's what we'll do
Theres 10 for you and 6 for him and 4 for them
Now something aint quite right
You got the devil on your side standing to your right come on

I get along, i get along, i get along, i get along
And when i do im singing... get along

. . .



Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you in a song
Will call the Likely Lads
But if it's left to you
I know exactly what you'd do
With all the dreams we had

Just blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know!

If you pipe all summer long
Then get forgiven in a song
Well that's a touch, my lad

They sold the rights to all the wrongs
And when they knew you'd give me songs
Welcome back, I said

The blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know!

Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
Though, we'll never know

Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you in a song
Will call the Likely Lads

We all bought the ones
We taught 'em all we wrote the songs
That's filled with dreams we have

But blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know!

Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
We'll never know!


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