"Nettles" as written by and Alex Turner....
He sank into their calculations
And snorted on the stench
Of their arithmetic.
Looked for the boy who was hanging his head low,
More trophies than ideas. To follow their pretence.

With a scowl in his pocket and a smile on his face
He followed with obidience
And fell in the Nettles.

Afterwards those spikey whispers said he bought his own rope.
And skipped the bits they loathed.
Didn't scramble to find a dock leaf to capture back our hope
To advice his mind had closed
He lost all of his footholes.

He was a toothpick!
And the garlic and the cinder upon the path
Had failed to blunt or hinder the slow collapse
Clinging to the doorframe he was dragged
Off to a reminder of where he had been.

With a smile in his pocket
And a scowl on his face
He had nowhere to flee
So sat content in the Nettles.


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"Nettles [DVD]" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are printed on the teddy picker CD single:

    He sank into their calculations
    And snorted on the stench
    Of Their arithmetic
    Looked for the boy who was hanging his head low
    More trophies than ideas. To follow their pretence

    With a scowl in his pocket and a smile on his face
    He followed with obedience
    And fell in the nettles

    Afterwards those spikey whispers said he bought his own rope
    And skipped the bits they loathed
    Didin't scramble to find a dock leaf to capture back our hope
    To advice his mind had closed
    He lost all of his footholes.

    And with a smile in his pocket and a scowl on his face
    He followed with obedience
    And fell in the nettles, fell in the nettles, fell in the nettles.

    He was a toothpick!
    And the garlic and the cinder upon the path
    Had failed to blunt or hinder the slow collapse
    Clinging to the door frame he was dragged
    Off to a reminder of where he had been

    With a smile in his pocket
    And a scowl on his face
    He had nowhere to flee
    So sat content in the nettles
    noisecaton December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are a bit more metaphorical than usual, and I'm not sure I fully understand them to be honest.
    AllyS2on December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about an innocent boy who basically gets in with the wrong crowd. Unfortunately as a result, i think this boy kills himself - there are a couple of references to hanging, "he brought his own rope", "clinging to the DOOR FRAME"
    matt4don December 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with whoever said that its about a boy who falls in with the wrong people. Although, I think it's more that he's kind of awkward, and doesn't really now how to socialize, so he gets used. Then to try and fit in he does some shit and then he becomes that kind of person.

    Also... do Arctic Monkeys=The Death Ramps?
    mardybumon February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe lost all of his footholes.
    AllyS2on October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNothing special TBH.
    felix.on October 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this songs brilliant -and amazing live too. i really cant wait for alex turners solo album + the monkeys 3rd album
    belleeeeon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, Arctics = Ramps :)

    It was a "pseudonym" they used for the 7 inch release of the b-sides... I don't have it, I know my stuff but am not the kind of fan who won't just stick to CDs lol!
    noisecaton March 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really think this song is about cocaine.

    It sounds like a rush and got some metaphorical bits:

    "And snorted on the stench
    Of Their arithmetic
    Looked for the boy who was hanging his head low"

    And

    "With a smile in his pocket
    And a scowl on his face
    He had nowhere to flee
    So sat content in the nettles"
    Macarebeon November 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a prick.
    SweetCheeks2on January 19, 2012   Link

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