"Leeds United" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
We watch you
Your expert double exes
It's just like you
To paint those whiter fences

It's so polite, it's so polite
It's offensive, it's offensive
It's so unright, it's so unright
It's a technical, accept it

But who needs love when there's Law And Order?
And who needs love when there's Southern Comfort?
And who needs love at all?

We stalk you
Your expert, double exes
We oxidized you in your sleep
There's no exit, there's no exit

You're on a roll, you're on a roll
No one gets it, no one gets it
Your honor, no, your honor
Can't you protect us? Protect us

But who needs love when there's Law And Order?
And who needs love when there's Southern Comfort?
And who needs love when the sandwiches are wicked
And they know you at the Mac Store?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, I'm so excited
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, the blacks and beat kids

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, I'm getting frightened
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Someday, someday Leeds United

La ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba
Ba, da da, da, da
Da da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da da, da

Bugsy Malone came to carry you home
And they're taking you all to the doctor
Verbally vices, all sugary and spices
It's nice but it's not what I'm after

Sure, I admire you, sure, you inspire me
But you've been not getting back so
I'll wait at the Sainsbury's, counting my change
Making bank on the upcoming roster

And we'll stop you
Your expert double exes
Oh yeah, big stack hold of extra care
Two exes, oh, oh, oh

That never talking thing you do
Is effective, it's effective
And your shoulder's icy cold
Oh, than a death wish, than a death wish

But who needs love when there's Law And Order?
And who needs love when there's Dukes Of Hazzard?
And who needs love when the sandwiches are wicked
And they know you at the Mac Store?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I'm so excited
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
The blacks and beat kids

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I'm so excited
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
When I think about Leeds United

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ouch, I'm getting frightened
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
The blacks, the blacks, the blacks and beat kids

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
It's so exciting
Someday, someday, someday, someday
Someday, someday Leeds United


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"Leeds United" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +2
    General CommentI'm not sure about the meaning of the song as a whole, but I believe the bit about "who needs love when there's law and order...etc" is about using trivial things to distract you from the loss of a lover, or from the unhappiness of being alone.

    Law and Order, and Dukes of Hazzard are both TV shows, and Southern Comfort is a brand of whiskey. So she's using television and alcohol to numb herself, so to speak.

    Also, it's not "Bugzy My Lone"; the correct line is "Bugsy Malone", which was a musical from the '70s.
    lollirotttxon July 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAmazing song.

    i think the whole song is about using trivial things to make yourself not think about love. Leeds United sounds like a football team, Dukes of hazzard is a film (and tv show), Law and Orders a TV show etc...

    It's a amazing song
    Doyoudreamforlongon July 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis may be kind of a strange guess, but I actually think it's about the obesity epidemic in America. I think it's about couch potatoes who think living is sitting around at home watching life happen to other people on TV. I could be really, really wrong though. I'm still kind of at a loss for pretty much the second half of the song.
    AmbKoshASGon July 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLeeds United is an English football team that play in black and yellow (hence the blackest bees i think). They recently got into a load of trouble over debts and stuff. They went down in the league, and tried to appeal against the FA. Most other teams hate them now.
    clydexon July 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAmanda Palmer used to go out with Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs, who is orginally from Leeds so I guess its about that.
    closet_emylion December 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about someone whom lost a great lover and now has hit rock bottom going out drinking, (hence the double XX's could be XXXX beer?) and the line "who needs love when there's southern comfort" of course, drinking will numb the pain of a broken heart.

    The line, "where is the salesman counting my change
    making bank on the up 'cos i lost my friend" sounds like something a friend would tell me, "I was pissed so the salesman was counting my change cos I lost my friend" Of course because they were drunk they couldn't count their money and they lost their friend so they couldn't ask them for help.

    I think the "Law and Order" and "dukes of hazzard" because often you'll come home late, alone and watch reruns of old shows.

    That's my opinion of what i think when I listen to this song.
    kyle_vovinon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA quote from Amanda about the song:

    "Leeds United was actually one of those hodge podge brain clearing songs. I was writing about a bunch of things that were going on all at the same time. I had just been dating Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs. And he's from Leeds and I had been up to visit him, there's a little bit of that in there. There's a little bit of my band drama in there. There's a little bit of how funny I thought it was that soccer teams were united but yet they were beating the crap out of each other at the end of matches."
    missmeon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song could be about people denying gays rights... though this is just my interpretation of the lyrics

    we watch you
    your expert double x's
    [we watch the conservatives and their double standards, and their "expert" ways of defending why they contradict themselves]


    it's just like you
    to paint those whiter fences
    [the conservatives trying to make it sound like they're doing the right thing, like everything is better their way]

    it's so polite, it's so polite
    it's offensive, it's offensive
    [they think they're being good by teaching people that straight relationships are the only morally correct ones, but it's actually offensive because it's untrue and love is love]

    it's so unright, it's so unright
    it's a technical, accept it
    [it's so unright that they're trying to deny people rights, and they're saying that "that's just the way things are, accept it" as though that justifies it]

    but who needs love when there's law and order
    [the conservatives say "even if you're born gay, just don't have a relationship then... who needs love anyway, just follow the law and order will be kept" (also could be saying who needs love, just watch television and waste your life away)]

    who needs love when there's southern comfort
    [the conservatives say "don't worry that you can't get married, there's comfort down here in the conservative south" (also could be saying who needs love, just drink alcohol and waste your life away)]

    who needs love at all
    [again, "don't worry if you're gay, you just don't need love"]

    we stalk you
    your expert, double x's
    we oxidized you in your sleep
    there's no exit, there's no exit
    [we take conservative views and disprove them, and the conservatives can't escape the truth]

    your on a roll, your on a roll
    no one gets it, no one gets it
    [the conservatives think they're doing good but they're not, and that's why no one "gets it"]

    you're unallowed, you're un - can't you protect us? protect us
    [you're in the wrong, conservatives... can't you just help protect our rights?]

    but who needs love when there's law and order
    who needs love when there's southern comfort
    [already explained]

    who needs love when the sandwitches are wicked and they know you at the mac store
    [the conservatives say, "who needs love when other aspects of life like food and technology and community are good?"]

    i'm so excited
    the blackest bees oh
    i'm getting frightened
    someday, someday leeds united
    [gays and allies are excited for equal rights, but we're the "blackest bees" (the oddest ones in the bunch, the odds are against us?) and we're kinda scared... but someday, things will work out]

    Bugzy My Lone, gonna carry you home
    [not sure what 'bugzy my lone' is a reference to, but maybe something from the past? in which case it could mean the conservatives are taking old and meaningless values to heart]

    and they're taking you all to the doctor
    [they're calling all the fighting people "crazy"?]

    verbally wise all sugary and spice
    [hm, i thought this part was 'loverly voices and sugary spices'... if it is, that's the conservatives sounding all nice even though they're not]

    and it's nice but its not what i'm after
    [being straight is okay, but being gay is too]

    sure i admire you, sure you inspire me
    [sure, we appreciate some of the other values you have, and some other things about you conservatives]

    but you may not get a maxed out
    [but you're not fully good, and you're wrong about some things, conservatives]

    where is the salesman counting my change
    making bank on the up 'cos i lost my friend
    [i thought this was 'where is the salesman counting my change, make or break on the upcoming roster'.. in which case it would mean someone is evaluating us and will determine if we make the list to heaven?]

    we'll stop you
    your expert double x's
    [we'll put an end to conservative double-standard nonsense]

    big stack hold for extra care, two x's
    [a lot of things you conservatives are saying contradict each other, so it'll take extra care to defend those double standards against our unbeatable arguments]

    that never talking thing you do
    is effective, it's effective
    [their best method of defense is to walk away and ignore us]

    your shoulder's icy cold & it's a death wish, yes a death wish
    [conservatives give us liberals the cold shoulder, and the death wish part could mean either they wish we die or their last wish is to have nothing to do with us]

    but who needs love when there's law and order
    [explained above]

    who needs love when there's dukes of hazzard
    [the conservatives say "who needs marriage when there's good movies and art... just have sex and nobody needs to know about it"]

    and who needs love when the sandwitches are wicked and they know you at the mac store
    [explained above]

    i'm so excited
    the blacks and bees
    i'm so excited
    when i think about leeds united
    i'm getting frightened
    the blacks, the blacks, the blacks and bees
    it's so exciting
    someday someday
    someday someday
    someday someday leeds united
    [explained above]

    so that's my interpretation, what do you guys think?
    megziebooxoxoon July 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't make out a lot of the lyrics, but one thing I'm rather certain of (Because it's clever and Amanda Palmer is a genius) is that the lyric listed above as:

    "you're unallowed, you're un - can't you protect us? protect us"

    is in fact:

    "You're unallowed, YOUR HONOR, can't you protect us? Protect us?"
    AmbKoshASGon July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, the reference is "Bugsy Malone" not Bugzy My Lone. It's a play/musical. Never seen it though, so I can't comment on where that comes into it.
    clydexon July 22, 2008   Link

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