"Tell The King" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
I've got a little secret for ya

Even now there's something to be proud about
You come up the hard way
They remind you every day
You're nothing

Oh my words in your mouth are mumbled all about
You're like a tabloid journalist
The way you cut and paste and twist
You're awful

Go and tell it to your king
Tell him everything
Tell him you know how I feel
Tell him you know how I feel
At the palace gates
When I'm all levered of my face
And I can work out what it's not about
And see snakes in eyes
And a million 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

And you know how I feel out of place
Until I've levered up my face
And I can work out what you're going on about
Let me explain, you have to play the game
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


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"Tell the King" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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    General CommentSeems to me that it's about someone who came up from nothing to have "something to be proud about", but people will still put them down. The first verse suggests that, plus later in the song it's talking about being "out of place"
    Sheverson March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCorrection, the line should be 'Jack drinks and smokes his cares away.'

    I think this song is about a shitty friend, anmed at the end as Jack. This friend gossips behind your back, and acts superior. However, the singer can't help but still love Jack, and pleads with him. However, Jack is up in his castle, and won't hear the singer's cries.

    However, then Jack's superiority complex begins to screw him over, and the castle begins to crumble, and the friend falls. Then, at the end of the song, it turns out Jack is just on the beach, ignoring the world, after having fallen from his castle built on sand.

    I love this song. Another underrated Libertine favourite.
    _biggreenmonkey_on March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it sounds like being about Pete's drug addiction, or at least descension for 'decent society' into the drug underworld. The first verse carries a theme of paranoia in which reality is inverted ('your nothing') and dettachment and suspicion reign, 'you're like a journalist, the way you cut and paste and twist, you're awful'.

    The lines begin to lash out angrily at the judgemental listener, bitterly suggesting they can tell the king for all he cares, and ironically accusing people of not knowing what they are talking about, 'Tell him you know how I feel'. However, the glory of this recklessness is short-lived, as again paranoia sets in 'See snakes in eyes and danger signs'. 'You won't like this at all' he warns, 'there's nothing to break your fall'. Pete's last two lines are tragic in their resignation to the conventional. Whether or not they are prophetic is yet to be proven, we have yet to read the last chapter of the Pete Doherty story. 'Didn't they explain? You have to play the game.'

    The final verse is the lyrics of another writer. An observer. His voice is tender as he remembers how the hero 'is in a lonely way, living in the ruins of a castle built on sand'.
    sloathyon June 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe noone has commented on this song!! Definately the best Libertines song.

    I really can't work out exactly what it's about however..
    regan_89on April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo clue what this is about, I just love the line "And you know how I feel out of place"
    spring90on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its to do with petes paranoia about carl running with the cool set and he's left feeling delusioned and he won't feel anything but out of place.
    just what i think though.
    deardeanon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is the best Libertines song. the best line has to be "your like a journalist the way you can cut and paste and twist; your awful" its got to be about love... and the raw tradgedy of some love. love so hopeless and futile, and heartbreaking... and bitter resentment, and hate, but still love. which is what makes it so perfect, the fact he resigned himself to love her, and knows she loves someone else, and the fact he has failed. and how, at the end he doesnt really care what she does anymore, because he knows its hopeless. wonderful
    x-xanti-lovex-xon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentas for sloathy, not everything is about Pete's drug addiction. And you are DEFINETLY wrong, as Pete wasnt even on drugs until AFTER "Up The Bracket"s success.
    x-xanti-lovex-xon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe king is petes dad, who grew up relitavely poor but achieved the highest ever rank in the army for someone to come from a working class background, however he was never allowed to get any higher because of his working class background
    Leedsladon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe line 'if you were late you musn't dare complain' always sticks in my head, and i don't really know why. i pretty much agree with everyone else on this song.
    em_con April 16, 2007   Link

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