Every sweet little lie
Ever whispered to you now rings true
No need to wake the sleeping dogs
When they’ll just turn on you

I’ll make my way instead
To the foot of your ivory tower
But no love shall I find there
Among the leaves and the dying flowers

What became of the love we knew?

Beat the swine black and blue
You and I and me and you
What became of the love we knew?
What became of the love we knew?

The Thames and the Mersey
The Tyne and the Wear and the Clyde
They spew slums like gravy
On the banks of the poisonous tide

They washed up a pale thin girl
Alone in her ivory tower
Scratching her skin with the thorns that grow
On the stems of the wild flowers

What became of the love we knew?

Beat the swine black and blue
You and I and me and you
What became of the love we knew?

What became of the working class?
Nike Air, Reebok, Addidas
Scratch cards, pinball’s ecstasy

Hooray for the 21st century

Living in a looking glass
As the beauty of life goes by
You’re going to be so old
You’re going to be so old
Your skins so cold

Hooray for the 21st Century


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    General Comment"What became of the working class?
    Nike Air, Reebok, Addidas
    Scratch cards, pinballs, ecstasy
    Hooray for the 21st century"

    Wonderful.
    _thegreatesthitson September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"What became of the working class?
    Nike Air, Reebok, Addidas
    Scratch cards, pinballs, ecstasy
    Hooray for the 21st century"

    Wonderful.
    _thegreatesthitson September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love it:] its so true as well
    timeforheroesxon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely my favorite lyrics from this band.
    aclockworktomatoon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant lyrics. i love the way carl and pete swap verses effortlessly. god i miss the libertines.
    gininteacups1on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant lyrics. i love the way carl and pete swap verses effortlessly. god i miss the libertines.
    gininteacups1on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLooks like they transplated the lyrics "Living in a looking glass, as the beauty of life goes by, your going to be so oh, your going to be so old, your skins so cold" directly from this song into Narcissist.
    green_zinkon June 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthave you heard the geordie voice in the background at the end, classic!
    rusholmeruffianon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"You�re going to be so old
    You�re going to be so old
    Your skins so cold"

    does anyone notice that it kinda sounds like a part from the song Narcissist? :P
    raindrops2goon February 20, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionThis song's about Carl being a woman.
    LyraMemeon April 04, 2012   Link

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