"D Is for Dangerous" as written by and Alex Turner....
He knew what he wanted to say
But he did not want to word it
The dirty little Herbert
Was thinking an escape
But the place was well guarded
The guiltiness that started
Soon as the other part had stopped

D is for delightful
And try and keep your trousers on
I think you should know you're his favorite worst nightmare

D is for desperately trying to simulate what it was that was all right
Three quarters of an hour ago
That led him to be in a position
And every copper mission
On every other episode

He's nearing the brink, but he thinks first
The parallel universe perhaps could be the perfect scene
He's nearing the brink, but he thinks first
The parallel universe perhaps could be the perfect scene
He's nearing the brink, but he thinks first
The parallel universe perhaps could be the perfect scene
He's nearing the brink, but he thinks first
The parallel
I think you should know you're his favorite worst nightmare

D is for delightful
And try and keep your trousers on

You should know you're his favorite worst nightmare


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"D Is for Dangerous" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about Andy Nicholson, and maybe his dislike for that jet-set life the band was about to embark on (and by jet-set I mean travelling, going everywhere, not acting like glitterati or whatnot). I get the feeling that the person Alex Turner is singing to here is fame, or success.

    Supposedly, Andy left the band because of "fatigue," and when I heard this song for about the third time, it hit me- it could be about him. The band resents him for copping out on this great thing they had all started together. Maybe he wanted to leave the band earlier ("...was thinking an escape route) but couldn't ("the place was well guarded") because they were just moving so fast.

    "D is for delightful, so try and keep your trousers on" could be someone telling him to be man, and to just stick this thing out, and that their new lifestyle would eventually get easier.

    "I think you should know you're his favorite worst nightmare:" It's almost like Alex Turner is telling success/fame herself that she is the goal they want to strive for. but at the same time she could be a nightmare because of the backlash that comes from success- leaving your home, leaving your family, stuff like that.

    When he says that he's "desperately trying to stimulate (I actually think it's 'simulate') what it was that was all right three quarters of an hour ago," I think he means that Andy was was just being way too homesick, probably talking about the "old days" a lot, just missing the days before they got big.

    And then he's nearing the brink (quitting the band) but the thinks first because the parallel universe perhaps could be the perfect scene. That parallel universe being the world of fame and recogniton and the success/money that comes with it. I mean, no matter how much you hate fame, it does have it's perks. I think Alex calls that the parallel universe, and that it could be something the band could get used to, but ultimately it still is the favourite worst nightmare. A bittersweet experience, you take the good with the bad.
    bueller84on April 17, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'd like to think this is a bit about someone who sort of has no choice and is on the dark side going and happens to be going rather mad?
    evanpeterson September 19, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is supposedly about something that isn't good for you, but you're addicted to it anywho. like, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, etc. This particular one (as stated in an interview) is about a girl. He just realized she as bad for him, so he wants to escape. but then he decides against it..."Desperately trying to stimulate what it was that was alright
    Three quarters of an hour ago"
    then "That had led him to be in a position
    And every copper mission
    On every other episode" he goes back thinking it will be all right, but it just goes back to something terrible again. :(

    brilliant song, really. I love it!
    MakesmeSmileon December 22, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDudes.... I'm embarrassed I got this so fast. It's about his dick. Listen again. The dirty little Herbert was trying to escape his pants. He's trying to do the right thing but his his favorite worst nightmare won't let him. D is for.....
    madeupname33on August 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentisnt it:

    He knew what he wanted to say
    But he DIDN'T KNOW HOT TO to word it
    The dirty little herbert
    Was SEEKINg an escape
    But the place was well guarded

    The guiltyness SUBSIDED
    Soon as the other part had stopped
    ??... i could be wrong though...
    StartTheDanceon April 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was ..

    'But he didnt know how to word it'

    'And every compromission
    Another freak episode'
    ,tAn-xon April 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnew album is awesome =]

    this is a very vague explanation but does anyone think there is any chance it could be referring to the movie Donnie Darko...?

    ..paralell universe...
    ...he's nearing the brink
    ..your his favourite worst nightmare..
    D is for....DONNIE DARKO

    i dunno it just made me think of it.

    i agree it could also be about andy nicholson..the poor bugger..
    suki...on April 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line could be "andy try and keep your trousers on
    " if u think its about the old bass player, it makes sence to me
    roomonfire07on April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut it doesnt sound like it, maybe its like the whole sercrite message thingy cause saying that would be to ovbious
    roomonfire07on April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti find bueller84's explanation interesting, though it was not what sprang to mind for me.

    I think this is more about a relationship between a man and woman, and guy they're talking about in the first verse was planning to escape from a relationship.

    The bit about 'try and keep your trousers on' is what does it for me, sounds like he's been dropping his trousers for another girl, which explains his 'guiltiness'.

    This album is basically sex i think anyway, i can't see it being specifically about andy, though i found bueller's explanation quite convincing.
    TragicAnatomyon April 29, 2007   Link

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