"From the Ritz to the Rubble" as written by and Alex ...
Well, last night these two bouncers
And one of 'em's alright, the other one's the scary one
His way or no way, he totalitarian
He's got no time for you looking or breathing
How he don’t want you to, so step out the queue
He makes examples of you and there's nowt you can say
Behind they go through to the bit where you pay
And you realise then that it's finally the time
To walk back past ten-thousand eyes in the line
And you can swap jumpers and make another move
Instilled in your brain, you've got something to prove
To all the smirking faces and the boys in black
Why can't they be pleasant? Why can't they have a laugh?
He's got his hand in your chest, he wants to give you a duff
Well, secretly I think they want it all to kick off
They want arms flying everywhere and bottles as well
It's just something to talk about, a story to tell, yeah

Well, I'm so glad they turned us all away
We'll put it down to fate
I said a thousand million things
That I could never say this morning
Got too deep, but how deep is too deep?

Well, this town's a different town today
Said, this town's a different town to what it was last night
You couldn't have done that on a Sunday
And that girl's a different girl today
Said, that girl's a different girl to her you kissed last night
You couldn't have done that on a Sunday, of course not

Well, I'm so glad they turned us all away
We'll put it down to fate
I thought a thousand million things
That I could never think this morning
Got too deep, but how deep is too deep?

Last night, what we talked about
It made so much sense
But now the haze has ascended
It don't make no sense anymore
I said, last night, what we talked about
It made so much sense
But now the haze has ascended
It don't make no sense anymore, oh

Da-da, da-da-da
Da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da
Da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da


Lyrics submitted by trigger_hippie, edited by llnnss, alexgaskaaarth, frozy2000

"From the Ritz to the Rubble" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's about a night out. The first half is about Hitler-esque bouncers who let their "power" go their head. The second half is about getting drunk and remembering what you did in the morning.
    coroaron December 08, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen i listened to this song i didn't think of heroin at all.

    I just think he is decsribing a night out on the town. He goes out gets really pissed and then the next morning he is reflecting on how differently he behaved in comparison to how he would normally. He realises how events would have been different and conversations may have never happened were he sober.

    'This town's a different town today
    This town's a different town to what it was last night
    You couldn't have done that on a Sunday'

    This is sooo true!!
    verityon February 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentraptor trax
    'Got too deep, but how deep is too deep'
    I think this refers to that when you're drunk you will say things to a girl that you wouldn't when your sober, but how deep is too deep? i.e. It's probably all for the best as drink tells the truth.
    scappaflowon July 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"swap jumpers and make another move" can anyone tell me what is the meaning of that phrase?
    degason October 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sorry but this song is just stunning. People might think 'oh he's just talking about going out.' but try writing lyrics about that without sounding like a ponce, very hard to do and Alex Turner nails it every time
    Cjones178on April 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst comment for an amazing song by an amazing band :D

    this is such a god damn catchy song, about such a real life subject, this band is genius. no need to say its meaning it is very obvious. what a song
    welsh_oneon September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat coroar said
    lucyb85on January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was sort of joking about the heroin. There isn't much to dissect in this song, it's all there.
    saveourcityon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti bet you were mate. it is about a night out. the bastard bouncers, the getting drunk, it not making any sense in the morning. its soooo obvious. add me potts12@hotmail.com cheers xxx
    sick in the headon February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such an awesome song! the beginning is brilliant! arctic monkeys rock!!!!!!!
    supa_boopyon February 24, 2006   Link

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