"Shopping For Blood" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Paul Robert Thompson and Robert Hardy....
I live in the Merchant City, drive 4x4
I eat MNS, it tastes of nothing
Oh I taste of nothing
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts

So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for blood
So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for

It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court
It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court

I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub media thoughts

So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for blood
So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for

It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court
It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court


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"Shopping For Blood" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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    General CommentI have no clue what this is about...but it sounds awesome.
    yousaidpunksuckson September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrom what I know-and from what ze Franz boys have said-it's about the ways of the upper class, how they live life based on their purchases and the way they present themselves-"It's a first appearance and a new suit for court." A gentry is someone of upper class, which basically says it right there.
    _scandalouson October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe this was regarding the Anglo-ification of Scotland ("Anglofied vowels, sub-London thoughts"), especially with the statement that the character Alex takes up being the "new Scottish gentry"...awesome Adam and the Ants-esque drum-beat, also
    Nu_New_Wave33on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat's MNS?
    Good song but I just don't get that line.
    franzluv44on November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMNS=Eminems

    Methink...
    DarkArchonon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentInfo for non-Brits: it's not MNS, but M&S (M 'n' S), which stands for Marks and Spencers, a high street store that does all sorts of goods but its grocery department tends to be visited by wealthier folk, and there's a slight 'snob value' attached.

    But I reckon the character in this song is also a bit of a nutcase, beneath the respectable exterior. Does he do violence for fun both consensually in the fetish scene (leather for leisure) and non-consensually in the street (velcro for sport)? Guess we'll never know... ;o)
    russetmantleon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so good...it's sort of sinister - and when I very first heard it I was like "that is NOT Franz Ferdinand!!!" then the second time I thought "oh, wait, it is...!" In fact, I know think this song is hilarious - "Hi there!!! I'm fre-e-e-e!!!" - if you hear that on the record you just wanna start laughing. But it's so good
    frozen_in_fireon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. The first time I heard it, a HUGE smile came onto my face.
    ne0ndiceon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe merchant city where all the rich people live in glasgow, i think.....
    thermosoon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know FF said it was about the upper class, but it could also be applied to the British Monarchy.
    canrockson January 02, 2005   Link

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