"The Libertine" as written by and Patrick Wolf....
The motorway won't take a horse
The wanderer has found a course to follow
The traveller unpacked his bags for the last time
The troubadour cut off his hand and now he wants mine

Oh no, not me.

The circus girl fell off her horse and now she's paralysed
The hitchiker was bound and gagged, raped on the roadside
The libertine is locked in jail
The pirate sunk and broke his sail

But I still have to go
I've got to go, so here i go
I'm going to run the risk of being free

The magicians secrets all revealed
And the preachers lies are all concealed
And all our heroes lack any conviction
They shout through the bars of cliche and addiction

So i've got to go
I've got to go, so here i go
I'm going to run the risk of being free

And in this drought of truth and invention
Whoever shouts the loudest gets the most attention
So we pass the mic and they've got nothing to say except:
"Bow down, bow down, bow down to your god"
Then we hit the floor
And make ourselves and idol to bow before,

Well i can't
And i won't
Bow down
Anymore.

No more


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"The Libertine" as written by Patrick Wolf

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  • +1
    General CommentHow no one has commented on this song, I don't know. It's probably the most main-stream Patrick Wolf song but it just kicks so much arse.

    How someone can combine classical folk with electronica and some gothic imagery a la Tom Waits or Jeff Buckley I have no clue. But it sounds so fucking good.

    I like the ending. The perfect atheist's anthem on first glance, but it's referring to all the crap that fills the airwaves these days. Patrick is saying he's not going to fall into that category and is going to be a libertine, rebel against the majority and do his own thing. I admire him for that. :)
    thecomaboyon July 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love when the strong beat comes in after the intro.

    Fucking amazing song.
    beulahon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell patrick wolf is hot!

    this is my favorite part of the song:

    The magicians secrets all revealed.
    And the preachers lies are all concealed.
    And all our heroes lack any conviction.
    They shout through the bars of cliche and addiction.

    So I've got to go,
    I've got to go, so here I go
    I'm gonna run the risk of being free.

    And in this drought of truth and invention, whooever shouts the loudest gets the most attention, so we pass the mic and they've got nothing to say except:

    Bow down, bow down, bow down to your god.

    Then we hit the floor, and make ourselves and idol to bow before.

    Well I can't,
    And I won't
    Bow down,
    Anymore...

    No more.

    basically the whole second half
    pandora_ash_avalieon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. Wind in the Wires is easily my favorite album from Patrick. This song is so beautifully haunting and yet it stil has an amazing beat. I think I can honestly say that I have never heard a Patrick Wolf song that i didn't like.
    sweetblood329on April 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought it was "the traveller unpacked his bags full of lost time"
    but i guess not. xD

    this song and bluebells are both so dark and kind of creepy, and then you listen to the magic position and you're like WHAT
    good good good song
    thenewsceneon June 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs in.. he's going to try and bring good music back to the charts. I heard he was moderately successful with this.
    thecomaboyon July 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song to no end.
    thornykinson July 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song, especially about the synth string part just after the end of the refrain. Interesting words, but not that much, honestly :-/. It's all about the same story: be free, no god, etc..
    RedGlowon August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is a very mainstream song, but people who dislike mainstream music because its mainstream are just as lame as people who like it for the same reason

    like music because it moves you, or is good, or brings back memories, but not because it is popular, or obscure.

    that being said,

    its a great song, and has some intresting imagery, but i think it is a bit cliche.

    the musical part is great, its in a minor key, but manages not to sound overly dark while in it. i like it
    Yttriumon November 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh wow.. I just heard this song... it's awesome... and I agree with Yttrium.. don't like a song or a band because your friend does or because it's mainstream.. music is a way of life now.. bands and singers write music that moves them and hopes it moves the fans just as much.
    Max-Evanson November 04, 2005   Link

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