"The Man Who Would Be King" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
Another 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 sleight of hand I might die
What about you over there?
Do 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 will say only one thing
La la la-la-la-laa la la la-la-la-laa

I lived my dreams today
And I have lived it yesterday

And I'll have lived it tomorrow
No don't look at me that way
Well I heed the words you say
But my heart has gone astray
You watched friendship slip away
But it wasn't s'posed to 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, Nancy my dear
What's about you, Nancy my dear
What's about you, Nancy my dear

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 will say only one thing
And to the man who would be king
I will say only one thing
La la la-la-la-laa la la la-la-la-laa

It was a newspaper joke

Perish the day when they heed what you say
They'll take you away if they don't like what you say
They don't like what you say

So come what may but I'll never stay

I'll never stay


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"The Man Who Would Be King" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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    General Comment"I watched friendship slip away
    But it wasn't s'posed to be that way"

    could that be about how their friendship fell apart?

    and like everyone else said, it works with 'tell the king' from 'up the bracket' and perhaps 'king' could be a symbol for (i cant explain this very well but here goes..) the person who is dominant, or who everyone looks up to and 'obeys'? because they were always fighting over who sang what and was more popular, shown in lyrics (i can only think of this one off the top of my head) 'ive read the reviews, they all prefer you', by pete, but i am probably wrong.
    icanfeelthesoilon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWooh a song noones commented on so i can use my useless fact filled muso brain. This ones about Dominic Masters from the others. a shocking band that have lynched onto the fame of the libs to win over a few spiv fans. rant over
    karlowenon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwoah come on. the libertines are way better, but the others are also a brilliant band. maybe not the best looking in the world but still pretty good. listen to "stan bowles" by the others. its an awsum song and was written about Pete.
    paulleonard666on December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcould it also be about prince charles?
    They'll take you away if they don't like what you say
    chocolateon March 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only one to notice how this sounds like Time For Heroes mixed with The Boy Looked At Johnny? Anyway, I love this song.
    bemyenemyon August 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't like The Others at all, they should leave The Libs alone! Pete, Carl & Co got fame for a good reason!
    Morning°Gloryon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song, and reading the other comments here, the theme of it fits well with Tell the King, I think.
    _biggreenmonkey_on March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only one who thinks it sounds like they say lie-lie-la-la-la ?
    em-jon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeh it does but i think its just the way its sang x
    ..Becci..on October 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Man Who Would Be King (1888) is a short story by Rudyard Kipling concerning two British ex-soldiers who set off from 19th century British India in search of adventure and end up as kings of Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). The story was inspired by the travels of American adventurer Josiah Harlan. Barat & Doherty are known fans of Rudyard Kipling & his work
    JeffKaos71on November 09, 2006   Link

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