"What Became Of The Likely Lads" as written by and Carl/doherty Barat....
Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you in a song
Will call the Likely Lads
But if it's left to you
I know exactly what you'd do
With all the dreams we had
Just blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't want to know
You don't want to know!
If you pipe all summer long
Then get forgiven in a song
Well that's a touch, my lad
They sold the rights to all the wrongs
And when they knew you'd give me songs
Welcome back, I said
The blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't want to know
You don't want to know!
Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
Though, we'll never know
Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you in a song
Will call the Likely Lads
We all bought the ones
We taught 'em all we wrote the songs
That's filled with dreams we have
But blood runs thicker, oh
We're as thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
It's important to me
I tried to make you see
But you don't want to know
You don't want to know!
Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
We'll never know!
(repeat)


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"What Became of the Likely Lads" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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  • +2
    General Comment"We're as thick as thieves," - That line refers to the Jam song "Thick as thieves", a song that describes two people slide away from eachother in a similar way to Pete and Carl. From being best mates to not knowing eachother at all.

    This libertine-song gives me split-feelings - a lot of energi and joy musicaly, and at the same time from the lyrics; sadness and darkness. Stop taking drugs Pete, GOSH!
    bankirenon January 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen Pete sings 'It's important to me' it makes me very sad and a lump in my throat appears. Basically this song is Carl shaking Pete into thinking they are gonna blow all what they could have had...which is a lot and they could have done it together but now it looks like it's all gonna be thrown away in the name of drugs. There is also a part in the song which is about when the spilt up before and they forgave each other after Pete robbed Carl and Carl made him go to prison.
    Time For Heroeson October 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's gotton to the point were even listening to the most upbeat Libetine songs makes me depressed.

    I love them endlessly, but all of the angst, drugs and breakups really wear you down after awhile. (Doesn't keep them from always being on my playlist, just means I tend to be weepy more often.)

    A great libs song, but nothing beats "Anything But Love" and "You're My Waterloo". Those two kill me in the best possible way.
    pretentiouscunton February 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i listen to songs like what became of the likely lads or cant stand me now, i ask myself how pete and carl were able to record that in a studio together... i cant say how damn dumb this whole story is. and i love this song so much.
    ChubbyPrincesson April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"blood runs thicker" than water, to complete the phrase, really clever play on words suggesting they're like brothers..

    thick as thieves is just a common phrase for good friends "oh them two they're thick as thieves"
    smfon July 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song kicks ass and this band is fucking amazing.
    rocketqueenzon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow good are this band????????? a lot is the answer
    libertines_loveron October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWent to their concert last night. AMAZING. I just have to say that every time I hear this song, I notice something new... a chord here, there, that I've never noticed before. This song makes me sad to see what could and did happen to the Likely Lad... Pete, get well!
    hellcat888on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is like a lot of their new ones - quite upbeat and jolly, but really sad at the same time. Every time I hear it I think about the possible fate of the band.
    ReActoron October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe title refers to a 1960s sitcom. Involving two friends who, ones sensible the others the oposite, and just them being young going out drinking trying to get off with girls etc. Marvel at the parallel.
    Perfect Wh()reon October 27, 2004   Link

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