"Albion" as written by and Peter Doherty....
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 the pale thin girl with eyes forlorn

More gin in teacups
And leaves on the lawn
Violence in dole queues
And the pale thin girl
Behind the checkout

If you're looking for a cheap sort
Set in false anticipation
I'll be waiting in the photo booth
At the underground station

So come away, won't you come away
We could go to,
Deptford, Catford, Watford, Digberth, Mansfield
Ah anywhere in Albion

Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion

Yellowing classics
And canons at dawn
Coffee wallahs and pith helmets
And an English song

Mm, Reebok classics
And canons at dawn
Terrible warlords, good Warlords
And an English song

Ooh if you're looking for a cheap sort
All glint with perspiration
There's a four-mile queue
Outside the disused power station

Now come away, oh say you'll come away
We'll go to,
Satsworth, Senford, Weovil, Woomoyle, New-Cast-le

If you are looking for a cheap tart
Don't glint with perspiration
There's a five-mile queue
Outside the disused power station
Now come away (away), won't you come away

We'll go to,
Bedtown, Oldham, Nunthorpe, Rowlam, Bristol
Aa-nywhere in Albion

Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion

Lyrics submitted by johnnymac

"Albion" as written by Peter Doherty

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  • +2
    General CommentYes.

    But not Britain...

    Albion = England
    Phreeekon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentan ode to the sights and sounds of working class england, albion is a ship that leads to arcady, utopian place that can only be found through hard work and self destruction. other songs like Love on the Dole tie in with the idea of beauty only existing for us, the people singing for their supper and trying to reach our dreams.

    so sail the good ship albion to arcady, and maybe we can all be beautiful dreamers, maybe.

    peace love drama
    joefoxon July 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalbion = britain
    the song's just about being british
    downinalbionon January 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti adore this song, it's soo beautiful..
    and yes, it's about britain
    destrrr0yedon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentboring lovechild, i think you'll find that the places in the lyrics vary from recording to recording :]

    my dad heard one of the first ever live playings of this track, when pete used to work in a bar in north london - the libertines used to play tiny warm-up gigs to like, 6 or 7 people in this pub before they got famous x]
    TheRealTashMaybeon March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was Pete first ever song. It was a poem he performed it when he was in the libertines.
    Killamangiroon March 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthhmmm lykd yor comment joefox im a big big pete........libertines........babyshambles fan th libertines music was wot first hit me its amazin and th whole pete life story that unfolding in front of us is fascinating. albion duznt seem to b gettin great rewies but i think its a decent song. so wot do ppl think of th nu album then?
    time4heroes_on December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all, the lyrics as printed here are both wrong in places and incomplete for not naming the towns listed as symbols of Pete's imagined England (and, yes, must echo that it is England, not Britain). William Blake (who had such an influence on Jim Morrisson) portrayed Albion in his poems as a sort of mystical England, the new jerusalem. Doherty is tapping into this vision. I like the song a lot but some parts feel laboured (where the hell in England is there a queue outside a disused power station?)
    Still, it stands well as a name check of a miscellany of the young, bored and working-class English experience.
    Hope Pete doesn't do a Morrisson.
    Boring Lovechildon February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitar that plays right after the chorus is beautiful
    Quadrophenicon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose who the song is just about England, Albion is the Ancient name for Great Britain and the name of the ship that is sailing Doherty and anyone who wants it better to a fictional Utopia where there are no rules or boundaries.
    Jaydon February 22, 2006   Link

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