down in Albion
they’re black and blue
but we don’t talk about that
are you from round here?
how do you do
I’d like to talk about that

talk over
gin in teacups and
leaves on the lawn
violence in bus stops
and pale thin girl with eyes forlorn

gin in teacups and
leaves on the lawn
violence in dole queue
and pale thin girl behind the checkout

but if you're looking for a cheap sort
glint with perspiration
there’s a four-mile queue outside the disused power station
now come away, wont you come away
we’ll go to Deptford, Digby, Tuebrook, anywhere
in Albion

yellowing classics and
canons at dawn
coffee wallows and pith helmets
and oh an English sun

but if you're looking for a cheap sort
that’s in false anticipation
it’ll be waiting in the photo booth at the railway station
ah come away, wont you come away
we’ll go to Watford, London fields, anywhere
but if you're looking for a cheap sort
that’s in false anticipation
it’ll be waiting in the photo booth at the underground station
ah come away, wont you come away
we’ll go to Watford, London fields, anywhere


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Albion song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentLyrics are rather good.

    Personally i prefer the demos of this song to what was recorded for babyshambles.
    gin&milkon July 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate when people call this a Babyshambles song
    Nolion April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this!!!!!!!!!
    libertines_loveron January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a effing brilliant fantastic wonderful song. i just love it yet its so sad - Albion was the ship that pete and carl were sailing on to Arcadia...
    sOCS479on February 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it on the album dvd when Pete starts saying all different places like shepards bush and basingstoke very nice meaningful song x.x.x
    u_talkin_2_meon February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was pete's first ever song, it was originally a poem.
    Killamangiroon March 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo point out the obvious, Albion is an ancient name for Great Britain. S'pose it's a bit like an alternative national anthem.
    LibertineNorthon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song as i love all libertines songs dearly lol
    an alternative national anthem hmm nicely put
    time4heroes_on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalbion is latin for england.pete had a room in his flat called thr albion rooms.you could do whatever you wanted in these rooms, there were no rules.
    ringroad29on January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a book, where in which the protagonist lives a life of a solitary man, where he doesn't ever have to face the music, eg. no consequences for his actions, no people being nosy.

    In effect, it is about the life Pete Doherty would love to live.
    Scarlett_drawlon February 05, 2006   Link

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