"The Saga" as written by Paul Roundhill and Peter Doherty....
A problem, becomes a problem
When you let down your friends
When you let down the people
When you let down yourself
Oh, and only fools, vultures and undertakers
Will have any time for you


A problem, becomes a problem
When you lie to your friends
And you lie to your people
And you lie to yourself

And the truth's too harsh to comprehend
You just pretend there isn't a problem

I am a pimp and a slave
I dig my bed, you dig my bed
I dig my grave
And the truth's too harsh to comprehend
You just pretend there isn't a problem
No no, I ain't got a problem
It's you with the problem!


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"The Saga" as written by Peter Doherty Paul Roundhill

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    General Commentsimply about pete's drug problems in my opinion, he is honest at first but always ends up dilluding himself into thinking he hasnt got a problem:

    "no no, i aint got a problem"

    very honest song and interesting as pete hasnt really held much back
    Michael746on September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is painfully honest. I wonder how his friends feel about being called "fools, vultures and undertakers", heh.
    ReActoron October 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe "i am a pimp and a slave" line worried me cause of the tabloids bout Pete being a pimp.lol
    u_talkin_2_meon February 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPete talks like a typical junkie in this song, when he slyly says,
    'No no, I ain't got a problem. It's you with the problem'
    Yeah it is a very honest song. A very honest album in fact, one that I find quite heartbreaking.
    the_libertineon February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn an interview with the Gay Times Pete said that at one time when he was vulnerable and hard-up he'd been a rent-boy. Maybe that's behind the 'I am a pimp and a slave'.
    sloathyon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is totally a drug song. It's one of my favorite Libertine songs. Pete is being so honest.

    He's basically talking about his addiction and self destruction. The people that he cares about who he has let down as a result. The fact that he has a problem is too much to handle so he pretends it doesn't exist. After pushing his friends away the only people he is surrounded by are "bad people" that don't really give a shit about him.
    californiaroseon September 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentapparently the lyrics from this song r based on a letter to pete from some guy called paul roundhill who was his "literary manager" or something.
    ..Becci..on July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song really sums up drug addiction. you have a problem but its so big you cant comprehend it and the moment you have to face it you hide away, denying it andnormally takin more of the drug to forget you have a problem...and so the cycle goes on, you dig a deeper hole, which is unfortunetly what peter himself ended up doing.
    jaiandrews7on December 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is really gay and so are you you should go die
    Juggalo420on December 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis kind of seems like a different version of the sentiment in babyshambles' la belle et la bete
    it's about coming to terms with your issues (namely drugs)
    and realizing that your digging yourself into a hole
    and then needing drugs even more to escape from the shit-heap reality
    because "the truth's too hard to comprehend"

    and realizing that you let down everyone who was really on your side
    so your only 'friends' either don't know any better or want to use you
    this_is_revolutionon May 18, 2008   Link

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