How hard can it be
To get a slap on the back from a room full of morons?
So you hate my sunglasses?
Well your precious Leeds is dead
Just so long as you know
The clean and the green
Make up you're music scene
And shy away from the words
That they've written for me
Can't you see that
Someones got their eye on you now
Don't you know?
And I don't want to be the one to let you know
La la la la can you hear me
I don't know
La la la la can you hear me
I don't think so

You should leave it to me
We cover insignificant miles for a miniature bottle
Do you know what I mean?
I don't think so
But we go for a smoke in the Smoke
And I like what I see
It's a vicious cycle but who cares when it's happening to me?
It's obscene
Can't you see that?

Someones got their eye on you now
Don't you know?
And I don't want to be the one to let you know
La la la la can you hear me
I don't know
La la la la can you hear me
I don't think so


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  • +1
    General CommentThe "miniature bottle" reference is to the small bottles of alcohol that are used, when empty to smoke crack cocaine, which they are quite fond of.
    gobby89on September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah its a song about taking a break, from the scene in leeds he's getting annoyed by at the time, going off to smoke crack in london, the city has the nickname 'the smoke'. "Go for a smoke in the smoke".
    I like that some american company has it on adverts, really these people don't do research do they?
    deardeanon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the "so you hate my sunglasses? well your precious Leeds is dead, just so long as you know" is a reference to a bad review of the band written by Gavin Miller on the Leeds Music Scene website.
    doubleshinyon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMartell is a brand of cognac.
    The Libertines mention mini-Martell bottles in their song 'Tomblands'. They are used to smoke crack cocaine.
    London is known as The Smoke because of the air pollution in the city.
    "its a vicious cycle but who cares when its happening to me" is about drug abuse and how it is a downwards spiral but many drug users dont notice
    Chardon October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo you hate my sunglasses?

    Ryan Jarman (singer, and guitarist) wears black lensed sunglasses with white frames onstage sometimes.
    bemyenemyon February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo I discovered it in a Telus commercial (shoot me), but hey, I've found a new band I love! Such a fun song...makes me want to get out on the patio, in the summer sun and crack a cold one!
    filmgirl79on June 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've gotta say they are awesome live.
    fraiseon June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kind of love Telus for leading me to this song. And the parrot, I love the parrot too.

    I could have sworn this was an older song, as it seemed so familiar to me when I first heard it in the commercial. But, it's similar to the style of music I generally like (Arctic Monkeys, Libertines, etc.)

    Aaah. Love. The meaning of this song seems obvious, but I'm not sure of the significance of the name (Martell).
    mmkg_28on July 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI researched "Martell" (the word, not the song), and according to Wikipedia (real hard work, eh?), it is a leading manufacturer of Cognac. Is that of any significance to this song? One of the lines, "We cover insignificant miles for a miniature bottle", may refer to a miniature bottle of cognac? I have no idea =\
    mmkg_28on July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOn this video - youtube.com/…

    Ryan Jarman says "it's about how shit Leeds is".

    I think it's slating the Leeds music scene, which i didn't think was that bad, although it is a quite old song.
    WYMSon June 26, 2010   Link

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