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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 Libertines (08/30/2004)
08/30/2004
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France (hidden track)
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Cyclops (bonus track)
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Dilly Boys (bonus track)
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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

. . .



If I have to go
I will be thinking of your love
Oh somehow you'll know
You will know
Thinking of your love
Sadly they whispered away
As I played the last post on the bugle
I heard them say
Oh that boy's no different today
Except in every single way

If I have to go
I will be thinking of your love
Oh somehow you'll know
You just know
Thinking of your love

Oh, I was carried away
Caught up in an affray
They let him away, he sang
We'll meet again some day
And oh my boy, there's a price to pay

If I have to go
I will be thinking of your love
Oh somehow you'll know
I don't know how much longer
I'll be thinking of your love

La-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la

Inside I felt
So, so alone
Locked in a room
Waiting til kingdom come
Although I felt elated
I felt like I was scum

I was carried away
Caught up in an affray
They let him away, he sang
We'll meet again some day
Oh my boy, there's a price to pay

Feels like I've never been away
Though it's been longer than I could possibly say
I've been wandering the market
Carrying a sign, saying the end of...

The world is nigh
I'm glad to see we're still tight
The bonds that tie a man are tight
Yet we do what we do
With ritual hability

. . .


Don't be shy
Don't be shy
For if you are shy for tomorrow you'll be shy for 1000 days
Hey
Don't be shy
Don't let the tide of your soul drown your nights and flood your days

But still it's better to be shy than screaming drunken old queen who's always got to get his way
But don't be coy with me I'm too clever to follow you down
To the dark and stormy weather, babe
The bracket's wider now
So what's your pleasure?
Swallow your pride but please

Don't be shy
Don't be shy
For if you are shy for tomorrow you'll be shy for 1000 days
Now is your time to shine
Dance and hear your song
Or you may wake up one day in the last chance saloon
To find your last chance has been and gone
Don't be shy
Don't be shy
If you are shy for tomorrow you'll be shy for 1000 days
Hey hey hey

. . .



I have a little secret for ya
I've been told if you want to make it in this game
You got to have the luck
You got to have the look
To make what

I quite like to make it through the night
My heart beats slow fast, I don't feel right
With a slight of hand
I might die

What about you over there?
Don't you think I care?
Well I know you know
I know you know I know

And to the man who would be king
I would say only one thing
And to the man who would be king
I would say only one thing

La la la-la-la-laa
La la la-la-la-laa

Cause we lived my dream today
And I have lived it yesterday
And I'll have lived it tomorrow
No don't look at me that way

Well I hate the way you say...
But my heart has gone astray
With all these friendships slipped away
But there's a death, this musta be that way

I lived my dreams today
I lived it yesterday
And I'll be living yours tomorrow
Anything else to say?

I lived my dream today
I lived it yesterday
And I'll be living yours tomorrow
So don't look at me that way!

What's about you man, seen my girl
What's about you man, seen my girl
What's about you man, seen my girl
What will you do when she comes here?
Oh she'll kill me
Oh, I don't wanna kill me

And to the man who would be king
I would say only one thing
And to the man who would be king
I would say only one thing

La la la-la-la-laa

. . .



Well is it cruel or kind
Not to speak my mind
And to lie to you
Rather than hurt you
Well, I'll confess all of my sins
After several large gins
But still I'll hide from you
And hide what's inside from you

And alarm bells ring
When you say your heart still sings
When you're with me
Oh darling, please forgive me

But I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

And all the memories of the pubs
And the clubs and the drugs and the tubs
We shared together
Will stay with me forever

But all the highs and the lows
And the tos and the fros
They left me dizzy
Oh darling, please forgive me

But I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

Well I no longer hear the music when the lights go out
Love goes cold in the shades of doubt
The strange face in my mind is all too clear
Music when the lights come on
The girl I thought I knew has gone
And with her my heart it disappeared

Well I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

And all the memories of the fights and nights
Under blue lights and all the kites
We flew together
Love thought they'll fly forever

But all the highs and the lows
And the tos and the fros
They left me dizzy
Oh won't you please forgive me

But I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

Music when the lights go out
Love goes cold in the shades of doubt
The strange face in my mind is all too clear

Music when the lights come on
The girl I thought I knew has gone
And with her my heart it disappeared

But I no longer hear the music
Oh no no no no no

. . .



Professionally trendy in the glow of Clapham sun
There's life after work and it can be such fun
You see all the models in magazines and on the walls
You wanna be just like them
Cause they're so cool
They're just narcissists
Well wouldn't it be nice to be Dorian Gray?
Just for a day
They're just narcissists
Oh, what's so great to be Dorian Gray
Every day?

We're living in a looking glass
As the beauty of life goes by
You're going to be so old
You're going to grow so old
Your skin so cold

Well they're just narcissists
Well wouldn't it be nice to be Dorian Gray
Just for a day?
Such narcissists
What's so great to be Dorian Gray
Every day?

They're just narcissists
Wouldn't it be great to be Dorian Gray?
Just for a day

. . .



If you get tired of hanging around
Pick up a guitar and spin a web of sound
Then you could be strung out all day
With your lovers and clowns
But now I find myself still hanging around
It's been a long war and now I'm tired and dirty
Still not dirty enough for you my love

We've been thieving
We stole the light from the dawn
But when I come round on your floor
I wish I'd never been born
Can you hear me?
Can you see through it all?
I'm empty lost and alone
Oh won't you heed my call?

It's been a long war, now we're tired and dirty

. . .



Roll a gasper
The guard said he could stay alive
But he has to shovel
And burn his people to die
And the gate read:
Arbeit Macht Frei
In her rollers
And a gasper
Cleaning the steps in a mean street
Where no policeman walks the beat
For her husband
(her old man)
He don't like blacks or queers

. . .



There's a campaign of hate
Its waiting at the school gates
For what I am not aware
Whisper what you wrote
What you write, you swore and you swear
Now remember why you came
Not to play follow the leader, no no

Poor kids dressing like they're rich
Rich kids dressing like they're poor
White kids talking like they're black
I tried it with Charlene
And I spent three days on my back

But she said baby...
I like the cut of your J.I.B.
Don't believe them when they say

. . .



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

. . .


In the land of the gouching skiving sun
There's bodies in the room, lad
Never an honest day's work is done
They call it the Tomblands

No, they're never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me no

Fifteen holes in the dealer's chest
Yo ho ho he was a mini martial man
Social unrest
Pieces of eight in the jukebox

Oh, you know
Didn't wanna be the one to tell you
She was only 14
Sussed out your dirty sorded little scene

. . .



A problem, here comes a problem
When you let down your friends
When you let down the people
When you let down yourself
Oh, and only fools, vultures and undertakers
Will have any time for you
Oh

A problem, here comes a problem
When you lie to your friends
And you lie to your people
And you lie to yourself
And the truth's too harsh to comprehend
You just pretend there isn't a problem

I am a pimp and a slave
And in my bed you dig my bad
I dig my grave
And the truth's too harsh to comprehend
You just pretend there isn't a problem

No no, I ain't got a problem

. . .


How can we make you understand
All you can be is right given in your hand
You won't need money
Trust in me, take me by the hand
Give us a chip
Dreams are strewn across the sand
You won't need money

And all the pimps, punks, pederasts, jugglers and fools
They drive me crazy, are climbing the walls
show me the way, the way to the store
Cause I'm so sick, so sick of it all
But when the penny drops

Trust in me, take me by the hand
Cashing your chips strewn across the sand
You won't need money

And all the pimps, punks, pederasts, jugglers and fools
They drive me crazy, it's no good at all
show me the way, the way to the store
Cause I'm so sick of it all
But when the penny drops...

. . .



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!


. . .


The ideal girl,
In London from France
Came Over and left me,
She left me entranced.
Now I have to get by,
Once again on my own,
Nothing but... memories.

See i remember your eyes,
In their dark shade of brown,
While these blue eyes of mine,

They stay closed.
I kissed you goodby on the M-109
I choked as I watched the bus go, oh-oh

( chorus)

Choking and smoking to your angelic soul,
Choking and smoking myself into a hole,
where the only way out is to sleep and to dream,
and to cry... out your na-a-ame

. . .


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!

. . .


What you try to do to me?
It seems to come so naturally
How you annoy me
How you destroy me

And everywhere I'm walking like a cyclone
But don't mind me
How's it fair, I'm a magnet for psychos
And pretty riddles keen on me

You can lightly sling
Into my open heavy loving heart
First touch and kissy, kissy

Slash back razor days
The boys not to behave
Oh, they're like hoodlums

Sick of themselves
And sick of their slums
Give everybody a gun
And put it on the television

That's reality TV, I'd pay to see
Lobotomized celebrities if it's on free
Wanna be the lovers that ever gonna see

Wow, money's the church
Fame is the steeple
Everyone on the telly indoctrinate the people
Now I say though

What you try to do to me?
It seems to come so naturally
How you annoy me
How you destroy me

And everywhere I'm walking like a cyclone
But don't mind me
[Incomprehensible] and chased by a cyclops
[Incomprehensible] no ships I see

I owe more than I know to faces
Who never show the places among the hood
It's understood and obvious tomorrow
Free bags full of sorrow
First touch and kissy, kissy

Slash back razor days
The boys not to behave

Everywhere I'm walking like a cyclone
But don't mind me
It's not fair, I'm a magnet for psychos
And pretty little riddles keen on me

You can lightly sling
Into my open heavy loving heart
First touch and here you are

Where they put the cyclops
That's where they put the cyclops
That's where they put the cyclops

What you tryna do to me?
What you tryna do to me?
You make me happy

. . .


My love wrote the words to the saddest songs
The songs that says that life's too long
And the moon is always blue and just because

I wish you'd sing me those other songs again?
The songs that say life's worth the worry and the pain
And the sun smiles through the rain, just because

Just because she's the sweetest girl
Sweetest girl in the world

She's my moral guide, oh, she does nothing at all
Smokes all of my bone and stares at the wall
Maybe she'll pace the room, howl at the moon

But still she's the sweetest girl
And she's the sweetest girl in the world

Me, I'm just a dilly boy, fresh flower pressed Piccadilly boy
Hands on hips, pout on lips
Meat rag jack like a dilly boy

She's the sweetest girl
The sweetest girl in the world

And in Chinatown they all
Alright [Incomprehensible]

Me, I'm just a dilly boy, fresh flower pressed Piccadilly boy
Hands on hips, pout on lips
Meat rag jack like a dilly boy

She's the sweetest girl
No, he's the sweetest girl in the world

Ya, she's the sweetest girl, sweetest girl
Yes, she's the sweetest girl, sweetest girl, yes, she's the sweetest girl
The sweetest girl in the world

Yes, she's the sweetest girl, sweetest girl, she's the sweetest girl
The sweetest girl in the world

Yes, she's the sweetest girl, sweetest girl in the world

. . .


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