"You're My Waterloo" as written by Peter Doherty and Carl Ashley Raphael Barat....
You'll never fumigate the demons
No matter how much you smoke
So just say you love me
For three good reasons
And I'll throw you the rope

You don't need it
Because you are the survivor
Of more than one life
And you're the only lover I had
Who ever slept with a knife

But you're not Judy Garland
Oh just like me you've never really had a home of your own
But I'm not Tony Hancock baby
Until the dawn
We'll stone the crows
We'll stone the crows
We'll stone the crows

And you see I've brought you flowers
I've brought you flowers all collected from the Old Vic Stage
Well I've been sitting here for hours, baby
Just chasing these words across the page

You're my Waterloo
Well I'll be your Gypsy Lane
I'm so glad we know just what to do
And exactly who's to blame

And you're my Waterloo
I'll be your Stanley Park
Well I'm so glad we know just what to do
And no one's left
Stumbling around
Tumbling around
Fumbling around In the dark

Always in the dark
Always in the dark
Always in the dark

You're my Waterloo
I'll be your Calvary
I'm so glad we know just what to do
And everyone's gonna be happy
Everyone's gonna be happy
Everyone's gonna be happy

But of course


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"You're My Waterloo" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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  • +4
    General CommentGypsy Lane is a railway station in middlesborough, but it's open-air (i think) and just kind of basic and mediocre, so maybe he's saying you're my waterloo as in the station, so you're a good/the best part of me and i'll be your worst feature or downfall or whatever.

    Stanley Park is a park in Liverpool that's known for being the land between Everton and Liverpool football clubs, who are well known rivals. So maybe it means you're my defeat/battle and I'll be your no mans land or I'll seperate you from who your fighting from.

    Calvary is the name given to the place where Christ was meant to have been crucified. So, you're my only defeat and you'll die because of me or I'll be the place you go when everyone has turned against you.
    Calvary can also mean 'skull', coming from the Latin 'calvarie'. Maybe pete's trying to say i'll be your skull, I'll protect you or hold you together.

    Only guesses :)
    Such a beautiful song though <3
    moregininteacupson September 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWaterloo is actually more commonly used as a synonym of defeat rather than victory, as it was at Waterloo Napoleon got beaten - Which would mean "You're my waterloo" would rather mean "You're my only defeat". He's saying that, maybe because Carlos really got close to Pete then really hurt him - Pete doesn't normally let people get close enough to him, because then he can not be hurt. So maybe, he means that Carl and the things he did, was Pete's only defeat. The first time he let someone in, was the first time he got hurt, therefor he will forever have problems doing it again - just as Napoleons confidence was reduced after the battle at Waterloo.

    And as for Carl and Pete having a sexual relationship has been denied by both parts - If you say you don't trust their words, then you can't trust the songs and it all will mean nothing at all to you.
    songsofalbionon February 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a tribute for Amy Winehouse and a referencers to club 27.
    rasmus1148on November 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMost heartfelt, heartbreaking Libertines song I think. But my opinion of Libs' songs changes daily haha.
    catherine87on December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a stunning song. I believe it's Petes thoughts about Carlos - he has an affinity with knives; was suicidal/depressed; lived in communes and hostels and, er, smokes alot.
    majormajoron January 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You'll never fumigate the demons
    No matter how much you smoke"

    Wonderfully articulate. I'd agree with majormajor and say that, especially considering that line, this song is definitely focused on Carl. Which just makes the 'lover' lyric all the more interesting, eh?
    _thegreatesthitson August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Why does everyone see Peter and Carl in every single song?"

    ...Er, because this one actually is about Peter and Carl?
    childofroseson June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Why does everyone see Peter and Carl in every single song?"

    Well, considering Can't Stand Me Now & Likely Lads, it's not surprising, really, is it? And there's a lot of quite-ambiguous references in these that could be about Pete & Carl, like the "fairytale up on the fifth floor" in Anything But Love, or the knife thing in this. *shrugs*
    rentonon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way Pete and Carlos always make it sound like they are lovers. It ust shows how much they really mean to each other.
    i am Elsaon July 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPete and Carl are known for being fans of Hancock's Half Hour...
    smfon July 12, 2007   Link

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