"The Lost Art of Murder" as written by and Peter Doherty....
Roll a four, roll a nine
Find yourself washed up in paradise
Like before you didn't mind
Someone else washed up in paradise, everyday

What a nice day for a murder
Yourself a killer but the only thing you're killing is your time
There's nothing absurder than a burd'
It's a burden to your heart, soul, body, spirit and mind

Don't look back at me like that, she won't take you back
I said too much, been too unkind
Get off your back, stop smoking that
Change your life, just might change her mind, her mind

Roll a four, roll a nine
Find yourself washed up in paradise
All the fours to all the nines
I lost my phone in paradise, pay as you go

What a nice day for a murder
Say you're a killer, I think you're killing is time
There's nothing absurder than a burd'
It's a burden to your heart, soul, body, spirit and mind

Oh, don't look at me like that, she won't take you back
Done too much, been too unkind
Get up off your back, stop smoking that
Change your life, think it'll change her mind

Don't look at me like that, she won't take you back
Said too much, been too unkind
Get up off your back, stop smoking that
Change your life, just might change her mind


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"Lost Art of Murder" as written by Peter Doherty

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    General CommentActually, a bird is britslang for a girl.
    clinicaluseon April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its you call yourself a killer *boy* the only thing...
    rs-xon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is what drew said when he commented on the song: Drew: "They recorded it with Bert (Jansch, UK folk legend) playing the guitar and Peter singing along so Bert's acoustic part and Peter's vocals were recorded at the same time. Peter put some arpeggio guitar over it. A lot of people think that's Bert when they first hear it. For a bit I was in the room with them playing double bass and I thought "you know what, man, this song is gonna sound beautiful as it is", so it thought I'm not going to push it. I just got up and left them to it."
    geri22on October 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can't believe this has so few comments. it is such a loverly song. i think the meaning is:
    a guy has been cruel to his girlfriend, and now he's just sitting/bumming around, not apologizing, just "wallowing" in his misery:
    Get up off your back
    Stop smoking that
    You could change your life
    Do you think you'll change their mind.

    I think his mates are telling him to get up and do something about it. but i dunno, that's just what i thought. maybe it's pete and kate? or is that just reading too much into it...
    carl4peteon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcarl4pete is totally right! The song was written pre- breakup during a fight and it's pete evaluating his life.... all his friends are getting married and having kids whilst he can't hold down a relationship. is addicted to drugs and banned from seeing his son....
    LaBelleEtLaBeteon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAny ideas in what way a bird can be a burden? I can't get to the meaning of it. An ingenious song, though!
    reniaferon December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits an allusion to the raven by egar allen poe---bird--

    you know how the raven keeps constantly reminding him of his love? the bird is his burden his constant reminder.
    AggersandBananason December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like "The 32 of December" slowed down with different lyrics.
    Roadhouseon December 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You said too much, you been too unkind"

    A reference to The Cure's Boys Don't Cry perhaps? "But I know that this time I have said too much, been too unkind"...

    Pete seems an unlikely fan but considering how similar the start of There She Goes is to The Lovecats, it isn't a huge jump.
    Uber_Geekon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbeautifull ballad, clearly bout kate an petes diminshing relationship.

    i personally preffered the acoustic version played on jonathon ross show, it was just song with utter pasion:

    youtube.com/…
    sailin-albionon February 20, 2008   Link

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