"Cops & Robbers" as written by Irwin Sparkes, Martin Skarendahl and Alan Sharland....
If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
But play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers

We're at a revolution
And we're baying for your blood
We're laying down the law
And your name's mud

You'd like to be a member of the human race
You want to be a good boy
But you couldn't stand the taste

Blame Simon
'Cause he said
You've got two lives down
And one life left
Blame Simon
Because he said
You could think better with a hole in your head
You could think better with a hole in your head

If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
But play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers
If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
But play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers

Catch a revolution
Now your waging war again
Marching on the spot when you should have made amends
Cause you say you fight for us
Cross your heart and hope to die
You're the bully in the playground and we'll hang you out to dry

Blame Simon
Because he said
You've got two lives down
And one life left
Blame Simon
'cause he said
You could think better with a hole in your head
You could think better with a hole in your head

If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
But play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers
If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
But play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers
If we catch a criminal

Line them up against a wall and shoot them all
Oh oh oh

If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
Play cops and robbers
Cops and robbers
If we catch a criminal
When we catch a criminal
There's nothing we can do
Play cops and robbers

If we catch a criminal
There's nothing you or I can do

Line them up against a wall I'll get a gun and shoot them all


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"Cops & Robbers" as written by Irwin Sparkes Alan Sharland

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  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song I thought
    "The Lovecats by the Cure"
    I'm sure I'm not the only one

    But it's quite a fun song, I like it
    Oh and the album in general is fab!
    Ablazeigailon November 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe beginning pretty much IS lovecats. it's a blatant ripoff.

    it's so sad! are there NO original musicians left? it's bad enough when the hip-hop 'artists' do it.

    If the cure's new album wouldn't keep getting postponed, and if they didn't get permission, i'd honestly enourage them to sue. Maybe after the new record drops.

    people need to know the real genious behind this song.
    curefanx13xon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentas for the comments above, it's called an influence for a reason!! the hoosiers are great.

    anyways, I think someone should actually discuss the meaning of this song. does anyone have any ideas? I don't know if they're trying to make a metaphor with this, but I can't figure it out just yet. help? :)
    icefaore23on December 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the american revolution to the american civil war and the view from their perspective.

    We want a revolution
    And we're baying for your blood
    We're laying down the law
    And your name's mud

    You'd like to be a member of the human race
    You want to be a good boy
    But you couldn't stand the taste

    These two relate to both the revolution and civil war. "We want a revolution and we're baying for your blood" is the desire to be separate from britain. "We're laying down the law", relates america's first set of laws, the articles of confederation which did not last and eventually fell through. With "And your name's mud", Dr. Samuel Mud sympathized John Wilkes Booth who assassinated president Lincoln.

    Blame Simon
    Because he said
    You've got two lives down
    And one life left
    Blame Simon
    Because he said
    You could think better with a hole in your head
    You could think better with a hole in your head

    The simon part i have no clue of which but possibly another person. "You've got two lives down and one life left", refers to the the two failed attempts at the creation and stability of america as several founding fathers felt the need to ask for assistance from britain again. "You could think better with a hole in your head" again refering to the assination of Lincoln.

    Catch a revolution
    Now your waging war again
    Marching on the spot when you should have made amends
    Cause you say you fight for us
    Cross your heart and hope to die
    You're the bully in the playground and we'll hang you out to dry

    This whole verse going from everyone getting their desired revolution to the south waging war and the marching of troops to war instead of agreeing to the terms set in the new constitution. "Fight for us, cross your heart and hope to die" refering to the new pledge of allegiance and finally to "we'll hang you out to try" for hanging confederates convicted in battlefield.

    I first got this aspect when watching the music video to this song with the wounded british soldiers seeing in the zoom in the american capital and statue of liberty.
    DizCaptainon January 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about getting into a life a crime and not being able to get out of it again and also the good and evil sides of the coin and no in between, as mentoned in Goodbye Mr A.

    'Marching on the spot when you should have made amends'- You should be trying to leave your life of crime.

    'You'd like to be a member of the human race
    You want to be a good boy
    But you couldn't stand the taste'- You tried getting out of your life of crime, but the crime tempted you back in.

    'If we catch a criminal
    When we catch a criminal
    There's nothing we can do
    But play cops and robbers
    Cops and robbers'- This is a reference to the good and evil mentioned in Goodbye Mr A. You are either a cop or a robber.

    'Cause you say you fight for us
    Cross your heart and hope to die'- You usually are loyal to fellow ciminals and wouldn't rat them out.

    'Blame Simon
    Because he said
    You've got two lives down
    And one life left'- This is sarcasm, as you only have one life and you have wasted it on crime.

    That's my take on it, anyway.
    JimJamJaharon August 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSomeone told me it was a jab at the American law enforcement system and about how they really have empty authority. "There's nothing we can do but play cops and robbers" is the line she got it from, I suppose.


    Anyone else think of Lord of the Flies when they hear "blame Simon"?
    SkeezTheGreaton June 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@curefangx13x:
    You need to educate yourself before you make such wild accusations. I can admit that the first thing I thought about when I heard the opening is Lovecats; however, if anyone bothered listening on the two songs they'd notice it's much more the feel, than an actual rip-off. (the only thing remotely rip-off is the short bit equal to E|--0-3-5, which I'd be surprised if no one had used before The Cure)

    Some people also need to understand that finding something that's not borrowed from some other influence is extremely hard.
    Mountainclimberon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought findign a meanign to this would be rpetty easy. But it's not. I think being against authority is part of it. That makes little sense actually. Ignroe me if you wish (:
    BudgieFaceon January 10, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningi always thought that when they say "Blame Simon" it was referring to mr Cowell bc i thought they were signed to the Syco record label
    Bendubzon January 27, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationi think its also important to acknowledge the childhood symbolism in this song- cops and robbers is a playground game, simon says is an indoor game, the intended audience ot this song is likened to a bully and referred to as a boy.
    hodgnson October 15, 2014   Link

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