"What Katie Did" as written by and Peter Doherty....
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang

Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang

Oh whatcha gonna do, Katie?
You're a sweet sweet girl
But it's a cruel, cruel world
A cruel, cruel world

My pins are none too strong, Katie
Hurry up, Mrs Brown
I can feel it coming down
And it won't take none too long

But since you said goodbye
Polka dots fill my eyes
And I don't know why

Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang

Whatcha gonna do Katie?
You're a sweet, sweet girl
But it's a cruel, cruel world
A cruel, cruel world

Safety pins are none too strong, Katie
They hold my life together
And I'll never say never
And I'll never say never again

But since you said goodbye
Polka dots fill my eyes
And I don't know why

Since you said goodbye
Polka dots fill my eyes
And I don't know why

Shoop shoop shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop shoop de-lang-a-lang
Shoop shoop shoop de-lang-a-lang

But since you said goodbye
Polka dots fill the skies
And I don't know why


Lyrics submitted by on_a_plain_11

"What Katie Did" as written by Peter Doherty

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  • +3
    General CommentThe Libs played around with an old British song called "It Won't Take Very Long". You can see Peter and Carl singing it in the Boys In The Band DVD - on youtube here: youtube.com/…

    Some of the lyrics to that song you might recognize from What Katie Did:

    Oh, it won't last very, very long. Oh, it won't last very, very long,
    Around we went, till I said 'Whoa! We'll have some trouble in a minute, I know,
    For I've got no buttons on my trousers, and my pins aren't none too strong,
    Run away, Mrs. Brown, I can feel them coming down, and it wont last very, very long.
    nestledawayon January 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpolka dots fill my eyes........maybe he cant see properly because of the drugs lol
    Kempon May 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe said goodbye...?

    Plus, probably wrong, but I always though the plokadots meant that he had thought he was having a good time with this person, but now she's gone it's all sunshine and lollipops. Thinking about it that way, Katie could symbolise drugs, but hey, what doesn't in Libertines songs? That's just what I always though, I'm not claiming it's right or sensible
    Sheverson March 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, i'll clear up the polka dots thing, and the "pins" references. i'm an ex heroin user, and what heroin does is immediately constrict your pupils upon injection. this is commonly referred to as being pinned, or having pins. saying "since you said goodbye, polka dots fill my eyes" refers to coming off dope, when your pupils dialate and become large, like polka dots.
    jonnyPon September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song to bits :)
    on_a_plain_11on September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of people seem to think this is quite an upbeat and jolly song, but to me it's quite melancholy. The band sound really... I dunno... tired. Know what I mean? Good song though.
    ReActoron October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Oh hurry up, Mrs Brown
    I can feel 'em coming down
    and it won't take none too long'

    I think this bit was hlf-inched from some old music hall song, Chaz n Dave stylee.
    Evil Herbivoreon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rules my favourite on the album!
    killersruleon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really love this song
    Whatsername1251on February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song (and not just because my names Katie!) its so catchy and I walk around singing it.
    the_libertineon February 14, 2005   Link

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