"Shoot the Poets" as written by and Ross Anthony Jarman Ryan James Jarman....
Cut off your nose to spite your friends
Breathing holes that will never end and
Speak all you want or just pretend

'Cos you think she is a different class
So, she sits all day by the looking glass, oh
It doesn't talk, it doesn't last

But it's not what I've heard you know
A picture speaks a thousand words
But baby, don't feel down
I left my heart in a provincial town, yeah

You sold your souls for magic beans
Don't believe all you read on computer screens and
These things they mean nothing to me

Ripton stain came off the track
You go there once and you don't come back, oh
Good, that's what I say

But it's not what I've heard you know it
Cut your losses, shoot the poets
And one day you'll come down
To find yourself in a provincial town, now

But it's not what I've heard you know
A picture speaks a thousand words
But baby, don't feel down
I left my heart in the privacy of town, yeah

But it's not what I've heard you know it
Cut your losses, shoot the poets
And one day you'll come down
Oh, to find yourself in a provincial town, yeah




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"Shoot the Poets" as written by Ross Anthony Jarman Gary John Jarman

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is nothing else but beautiful<3
    JustKillTheHeroeson February 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am not quite sure but this is my stab at it.. I think this is about some girl he used to know thats becoming famous because of her beauty. But the girl is getting negative feed back from the press and hes just saying how she shouldn't listen to them because he never does and he is saying how after all this fame and shit is over he'll go back home and he thinks she will too.

    Cos you think she is a different class
    So she sits all day by the looking glass, oh
    It doesn't talk, it doesn't last
    -talent scout/some dude looking for models w/e (looking glass/mirror her reflection cant talk back and her beauty/fame wont last forever)


    But it's not what I've heard you know
    A picture speaks a thousand words
    But baby don't feel down
    I left my heart in the provincial town, yeah
    - It's not about the rumors or criticisms people say they just need to see for themselves and she shouldn't feel bad about any of it because he knows his happiness is back home same as hers

    But it's not what I've heard you know it
    Cut your losses, shoot the poets
    And one day you'll come down
    Oh, to find yourself in the provincial town.
    - It's not about what he's heard about her, she should stop playing the fame game, and go back home.
    I think cut your losses, shoot the poets refers to cutting of ties to people that speak ill of you.

    But to be completely honest I don't believe there is an intended, interpretable, message here. It's either just good music and words that fit a pretty melody or a song he made for himself. Well in any case this is the most sense I could make of it if there is any sense to be made.
    Sombersoldieron July 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust beautiful, really.

    i think that sums it up nicely =]

    xxx
    ItWasOnlyLoveon June 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBloody beautiful song, I've seen Ryan silence a whole venue of people with this song. Incredible.

    Slightly less incredible is the lyrics here.

    few lines stand out:

    because SHE thinks she is a different class

    I left my heart in a provincial town, yeah.

    Ripped and stained came off the track.

    All the same, top work from the Jarmans.
    rebelliousjadeon June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song might just be my favorite on the album :)
    ntabmwap05on September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fell in love with this song the moment i heard it, it shows a whole different side to them. And Ryans voice sounds amazing. well done guys.
    CeCe_Babyon March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful. One of the best on the album.
    cookiejaron October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty new to the Cribs but damn this song just gets me. It's the odd one out sort of song, where a band does a song totally different to what they usually do and they have done it so well here.

    Amazing. F*cking Amazing
    powderfinger999on November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWOW, honestly could people stop with the comments which dwell on how much they the love song i believe this website is dedicated to "song meanings" not on "how much they want to fuc*k the song".
    rice95on March 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNicely said rice95. This song means nothing to me but if I'm enlightened to its meaning in the future perhaps I'll change my mind.
    singlebarrel94on July 17, 2010   Link

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