"Time For Heroes" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
Did you see the stylish kids in the riot?
Shovelled up like muck and 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 round the houses with your trousers down
A head rush, in the bush?. You know I cherish you my love

Tell me what can you want? You've got it all ah the scene is obscene,
time'll strip it away a year and a day and
Bill Bones ? Bill Bones know what I mean

He know's it's eating, it's chewing me up, it's not right for young lungs to be
coughing up blood
It's all, it's all in my hands
And it's all up the walls? now the stale
Chips are up and they hop stakes are down
It's these ignorant faces they bring this town down how I sighed and sunken
with pride I passed myself down on my knees

Yes I passed myself down on my knees

Now tell me what can you want see you've got it all the whole scene is obscene
time will strip it away a year and a day and Bill Bones - Bill Bones know what
I mean

He knows there's fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman in a
baseball cap now we'll die in the class we was born
That's a class of our own

Did you see the?

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"Time for Heroes" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a ballad about the genreal state of london, the first verse is about the mayday riots (the wombles are the name of a prominant anti globalisation group who participate in the rioting). The second verse is about it's general decline and expressing a love for the city. The baseball cap bit is about the loss of a national identity.
    Slinkyon June 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBill Bones is Pete's nickname for Carl.

    The song is about London, and the difference between the positive forces at work on May Day and the negatives of your everyday baseball cap-wearing idiot.

    The "stylish kids in the riot" are, I think, the upper class young scallywags who joined in the May Day riots a few years back. (I remember one kid from Eton or Harrow who was expelled after he was shown putting in the windows at McDonald's!)

    Interesting interview with Pete about the May Day riots here: socialistworker.co.uk/…
    will_holmanon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"there are fewer more distressing sights than that
    of an englishman in a baseball cap
    yeah we'll die in the class we were born
    that's a class of our own my love
    we're in a class of our own my love"

    That bits about chavs, how upper/middle class kids act like the lower classes yet he's saying that no matter how you try to hide your identity, you'll die in the class you were born, if you're middle class you'll always be middle class.

    The ironic thing is, Pete is from a middle class, somewhat wealthy family yet he acts like one of these working class "from the streets" type people.
    SamJGon June 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel I must say something here, because some of you guys are way off. There is nothing anti-chav about this song, its the opposite, its anti-establishment to a degree. The point is not that they are wearing the baseball caps (although it is to a degree, Doherty/Baret do like to promote englishness, so they arn't that impressed) it is that the type of civil protest that the song obviously documents "riots," "wombles," "coughing up blood" is ultimatly useless and in capitalist society the lower classes, whom Pete in particular is known for his afinity with, are powerless to escape their place on the scale. The Libertines love finding a romance in un-romantic things (thats where the morrissey influence is most obvious) and here they have tried to find a sort of freedom angle in the ending "were in a class of our own my love," which could mean as cheddaringo points out that you should try to ignore and transcend class, or alternitively could mean that by attempting to fight the class system as the songs characters are, they are above the futility of the class system and as such in a class of their own.

    Don't sit on the internet insulting chavs please, its an econmically driven sub-culture with far more political value than emo, goth, or alcoholic student.
    wazarqon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanti chav anthem i feel.fuck the rude boys.
    returnoftheallstarson September 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbilly bones is a character in the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, "Treasure Island", he's an old pirate who calls himself "The Captain". He's goes to stay at an Inn on the English coast and to protect his treasure. He's a drunkard and gets shocked easily after getting shocked in a drunken haze he dies. maybe its a statement on how billy "had everything" but lost it all because of his sordid past and drunken condition.
    bubbles_popon April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not about London guys. It's about World of Warcraft.
    Icheadle1990on January 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSocialist Review,April 2004

    The cover of the album Up The Bracket has lines of riot police,
    and 'Time for Heroes' talks about 'the stylish kids in the riot' and 'truncheons and shields'.
    Where did those ideas come from?

    I wrote 'Time for Heroes' after May Day in 2001.
    At the time it was one of the most exciting days of my life.
    Everyone said, 'Oh, it was rubbish, we got penned in at Oxford Circus,' but we didn't.
    Quite a lot of people got penned in, but some of us made a break for it, and that was a great feeling.
    It was quite a peaceful protest up until the police attacked.
    But I like the fact that when the police kicked off, and it wasn't justified,
    a lot of people stood their ground. And it felt quite good to be fighting for a cause.
    I felt like there were so many things wrong, and I didn't know where to channel it,
    and for that moment it felt like I was with a lot of people who believed in the same thing,
    and we were all channelling it together.
    If there had been more, we'd have gone to parliament - that was the dream.
    fugeelaon August 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe most contentious line in this song is 'He knows there's fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman in a
    baseball cap'

    The song is principally about the may day riots, that opposed globalisation. Mostly because it was often viewed as a form of Americanisation, or even a form of American cultural imperialism. There's plenty to suggest that Doherty agreed with the riots, and clearly denounces the treatment of the rioters. I think you can also infer references of the public school boys who joined in the riots too.

    I think the baseball cap is a metaphor, that represents Americanisation. Dohertry quite clearly approved of the multi-cultural nature of the UK his anti-BNP rhetoric shows this. Further, given his affinity with the working class (ironic since the was clearly middle class) it's highly unlikely that it was an 'anti-chav' lyric. It's often suggested he was simply talking about the 'trackie bottoms tucked in socks' that the Arctic Monkeys reference, but this doesn't work.

    So therefore, I would say that what the lyric literally means is that 'there's fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman who has been Americanised' .
    orangestreakon April 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a cool song, i can listen it 10 times after each other, and it still doesn't bother
    Taizon March 07, 2003   Link

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