"If You Were There, Beware" as written by and Alex Turner....
If you were there, beware
The serpent soul pinchers
Three hundred and fifty no thank-yous, and nobody flinches
Go on, girl, go on, give us something gruesome
We require your grief, the thugs help the thieves
As they're trying to rock the words from her gob and
Take the source of the innocents

If you were there, beware
The serpent soul pinchers
Can't you sense she was never meant
To fill column inches?
And you've had enough, what you're trying to dig up
Isn't there to be dug, the thieves help the thugs
As they're trying be the good grace of a sweetheart
Out to the point she'll comply

Why leave her on her own?
If I'd have known, then I wouldn't have said it
I wouldn't have said it if I would have known
Why leave her on her own?
If I predicted tears, then I wouldn't have said it
I wouldn't have said it if I would have known

There's a circle of witches, ambitiously vicious they are
Our attempts to remind them of reason won't get us that far
I don't know what it is that they want
I don't know what it is that they want
But I haven't got it to give
She hasn't got it to give


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"If You Were There, Beware" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +2
    General Commentthe lyrics are wrong :)

    "The thugs help the thieves as they're trying to rob
    the words from her gob and take the swords to the innocence"

    "Can't you sense she was never meant to fill column inches
    Haven’t you had enough, what you're trying to dig up isn't there to be dug"

    "The thieves help the thugs as they're trying to beat
    the good grace of a sweetheart out to the point she'll comply"

    "Why? Leave her on her own, if I'd have known, I wouldn't have said it, I wouldn't have said it, if I would have known x2"

    and yeah it about the press. alex's ex gf got quite a bit of hassle off em
    ,tAn-xon May 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about loss of innocence through manipluating a young girls thought process to adjust to her boyfriends but he remembers that he can't...
    agexax15on May 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh wow! i'm the first to analyse! awesome! Well i'm pretty sure it's about journalists trying to find a story in nothing, and getting stupid made up quotes from people who once knew someone famous. This one sounds like it's an ex girlfriend they're trying to get info out of...
    I think there may be an error:
    "As they're trying to be the digger graves of her sweet Heart and to the point she'll comply" Would make more sense as 'trying to beat the good grace out of a sweetheart to the point she'll comply"
    I really like this song!
    Ozfanon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about the girl in mardy bum and how the sun tracked her down and hasselled her for her story as they do; even though she "was never meant to fill column inches".
    Something alex feels guilty about for writing mardy bum in the first place... "if i'd have predicted tears then i wouldn't have said it."
    deardeanon July 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anyone else think that the line "there's a circle of witches ambitiously vicious they are" is a reference to macbeth?!
    ellamayhon February 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBritish tabloid press?
    snitchdaboyon April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoops sorry i wasn't the first...didn't see you there
    Ozfanon April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sure it's:
    'The thugs help the thieves'
    DrBoberton May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment,tAn-x was right:
    "The thieves help the thugs as they're trying to beat
    the good grace of a sweetheart out to the point she'll comply."

    "Why? Leave her on her own, if I'd have known, I wouldn't have said it, I wouldn't have said it, if I would have known."

    This, in my opinion, is definately one of the best songs on the album, together with 'Do Me A Favour'.
    The meaning is clear so I thought I'd just say that.
    BoyNamedTimon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite song on theur new album.

    weird shit, but awesome
    unclean~libertineon August 03, 2007   Link

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