"Mayday" as written by Carl Barat and Peter Doherty....
A slave's a girl who slaves her days away
In arabesques and minarets
Tablecloths and serviettes
She's singing 'this is what you get'

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

First you put the tongue in
Then you put the boot 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, he's easily bored
all his life he's seen nothing but closed doors
Not any more...

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

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


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"Mayday" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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    General CommentDefinitely the mayday riots.
    Every time I hear this song I can't help wishing it was longer.
    Great song though.
    thediscobiscuiton December 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMay Day riots
    Perfect Wh()reon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE THIS SONG.
    precipitateon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah definitely the Mayday riots, not just because of the song title, but because of the chorus:

    "
    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"

    Sounds like he's describing being in the middle of a riot, a huge mob of people (the mob) and the "Fifteen ways" being how everyone is running around in different directions.

    Ace song, short but sweet.
    SamJGon June 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first verse is about a dancer who has to work as a waitress to make ends meat. lovely song.
    Sheon July 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks Perfect Wh()re
    chronic_yoothon July 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentF. Scott Fitzgerald's May Day.
    manofalbionon December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe 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"

    Is about how doherty took part in the riots, nd ended up getting smacked round the head by a copper whilst adjusting his hair in the riot shield. Hero!
    beer8881on July 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe fact that each time it leaves you wishing it was longer proves that it was a brilliant idea to make it so short. Leave em wanting more - classic. What a way to finish an album! Sheer brilliance.
    wandastarbrighton August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentApparently Banny, a lady who used to manage the Libertines, locked Pete and Carl into a room until they wrote some songs for the Up The Bracket album, whist they were locked in this room the Mayday riots were happening outside on the streets below, this sparked influence for Time For Heroes, and of course this song...
    Bettyyon December 07, 2010   Link

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