"If You Found This It's Probably Too Late" as written by and Alex Turner....
Anything we should know about your change? -- Oh and the cost to correct a fraud
A fraud
I'm going to go out and kid them
Applaud
Applaud
If you're the highest bidder, I'm yours

You figure out pathetic sets
We're not sure of the etiquette
We think out pathetic sets
We're not sure of the etiquette

And if you found this it's probably too late
Clinically cynical hereditary hate
If you found this it's probably too late
Ever so clinical I'm running out of mates

If we concentrate on being off the cuff
Not sure we're ready but probably rough
Frightening honesty isn't enough
And it's nothing on the early stuff


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"If You Found This It's Probably Too Late" as written by Alex Turner Jules Buckley

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  • +2
    General CommentIt should be:

    Under constant correction, a fraud, a fraud
    Someone's perception, trying not to bore
    I'm a cold-hearted kidder, applaud, applaud
    If you're the highest bidder, I'm yours

    You figure out pathetic sets, we're not sure of the etiquette
    We think out pathetic sets, we're not sure of the etiquette

    And if you found this it's probably too late
    Clinically cynical, hereditary hate
    If you found this it's probably too late
    Approching the pinnacle I'm running out of mates

    If we concentrate on being off the cuff
    Not sure we're ready but probably rough
    Frightened that honesty isn't enough
    And it's nothing on the early stuff
    ---
    And, as has been said, it's about the whole second album release.

    "Under constant correction, a fraud, a fraud
    Someone's perception, trying not to bore"

    The 'constant correction' may be people at the label or whatever saying "what about you try this?" or "nah, do this instead". But Arctic Monkeys are 'trying not to bore' everyone and do something different.

    "If you found this it's probably too late
    Approching the pinnacle I'm running out of mates"

    Maybe he's running out of mates due to the whole fame thing, and so by the time you've heard the song, it'll be too late to come back from it all.

    "If we concentrate on being off the cuff
    Not sure we're ready but probably rough
    Frightened that honesty isn't enough
    And it's nothing on the early stuff"

    Alex isn't "sure we're ready", since the second album was pretty soon after the first (Exactly 1 year after the Who the Fuck EP, actually). He's "frightened that honesty isn't enough", regarding the tabloids and rumours that the Monkeys aren't "the real deal" - he's been honest and told the truth, but people are looking into it more, because it "isn't enough".

    He thinks people will say the new stuff is rubbish and "nothing on the early stuff" - a common phrase from music "fans" who don't like the new output of a band and say "the old stuff was better" etc. etc. Arctic Monkeys aren't suffering from the "Difficult Second Album" syndrome that hit Maximo Park, Hard-Fi, Editors, The Killers, The Rakes... I could go on (that's in my opinon, by the way ;) ).


    In a vaguely related note, this song might have opened the album. I remeber in an interview somewhere, Matt aying they thought about opening the abum with something silly like strings *coughthissong* but they decided just to go the no-nonsense route and just start with Brianstorm instead.
    AllyS2on October 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about a confession of anxiety regarding the release of the second album and the change of sound, wondered what others thought about it
    ,tAn-xon July 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm... I think the "frightened that honesty isn't enough" thing might be regarding to the music itself. Like, they're trying to be honest with their songs, doing what they feel like they should be doing, but they're scared people aren't gonna like that and don't want them to change musical directions. Just a thought.
    anneke93on December 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing songg x
    backlash_xon April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoa intense. This song is like "hard" with the way Alex Turner sounds like he's yelling the lyrics out & the background music is pounding it out. Interesting. Hmm not sure if I can get what the lyrics mean now though maybe later on I might be able to drop some good thoughts.
    that_placeon April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dunno,Maybe about their leaked songs.
    It goes along with the album name Leaked Again!
    P_monkeyon May 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey weren't bothered that it leaked out
    ,tAn-xon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncomplete lyrics!

    First couplet reads;

    Under constant correction,
    A fraud,
    A fraud,
    Someone's perception, trying not to bore
    Im a cold-hearted kidda,
    Applaud
    Applaud
    If you're the highest bidder, I'm yours
    El_Jefe07on May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell it looks like insulting his own music, excusing himself, i have read that he used to think he was horrible at making lyrics, singing and he basically had to be forced to sing in the band because he was insecure about it.


    but then again it seems like he's talking about critics or him being his own worse critic:


    "Frightening honesty isn't enough" he talks about current criticism
    "it's nothing on the early stuff." as if saying their first few songs were shit or considered so.



    i really am not sure lol.
    missblue24on July 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love love love this song.
    Intensity is almost frightening for a second.
    Rhiannonrouletteon August 27, 2007   Link

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