"Tomblands" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
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In the land of the gauching skiving sun
Their bodies are in the room, lad
Never an honest days work is done
They call it the Tomblands

No, they're never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me no

Fifteen holes in the dealer's chest
Yo ho ho, he was a Mini Martell man

Pieces of eight in the jukebox
Didn't want to be the one to tell you
She was only fourteen
Sussed out your dirty sordid little scene

No, never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me no
Never gonna get me now


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"Tomblands" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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  • +2
    General Commentpete wrote this when he was in jail for burgling carl's flat. i think it illustrates a very bad time in his life
    albionpaulon May 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmini martell bottles are used for smoking crack.
    thereuon June 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFifteen holes in the dealer's chest
    Yo, ho, ho, he was a mini Martell man

    Serve the Girls and shovel up the rest
    Pieces of eight in the dukebox
    The Likely Ladon February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my fav song o the Libertines..
    sounds like he trying to tell that the world is so Dirty and perverse, and he dont wanna go with them...
    Greengoon March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.
    miton March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Fifteen holes in the dealer's chest"
    as in a box chest and or anatomical chest.

    does anyone know what a Martell man is?
    regretablyon March 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought 'fifteen holes in the dealers chest'
    was as in a drug dealer was shot dead?

    Martell is brand of whisky
    so a mini martell would be a glass of whiskey in the pub
    'pieces of eight in the jukebox'
    his drug money which he used to play a tune on the juke box in the pub

    but i could be wrong
    thats just what i make of it
    ourkidof91on August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt sounds like a sea shanty in quite a few parts, goes well with the piraty lyrics (pieces of 8, yo ho ho)
    fanglefishon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, mini Martell bottles are often linked to crack use. I've always thought the line 'Pieces of Eight in the jukebox' was referring to the Styx album called Pieces of Eight. I suppose it could also just mean money in the jukebox because the spanish dollar is often referred to as a piece of eight and could be linked in with the yo ho ho pirate theme. I don't know to be honest.
    UncleBiggleson March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of where I grew up, not because it was like the Tomblands, but it had a reputation as being rough...
    And I always thought the lyrics went:
    "Yo ho ho another mini-mart Taliban"
    meaning some kind of organisation/gang centred around a corner shop or something... Now it makes much more sense...
    PiazzaNewYorkCatcheron November 26, 2010   Link

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