"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 CommentThis song was written in January 2007, it predates their breakup.
    merveilleuxon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*lost
    inafutureageon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"what a nice day for a murder
    you call yourself a killer
    but the only thing you're killing is your time" is that a reference to the allogations that the tabloids made that he killed that actor Mark Blanco?

    "get up off your back
    stop smoking that
    you could change your life
    do you think you'll change their mind?" another reference to tabloids; he could get clean and sort things out but people would still think he's a waster. quite explicit really.
    smfon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is brilliant writing.The song is about him 'murdering' the current version of himself for a cleaner straighter version and speculating as to whether or not he really wants to accept this responsibility and enjoy it.

    He writes of the absurdity of his current behaviour which he hasnt stopped (still killing his time rather than his old self) and the harm he has caused to either Kate or his mother (the phone reference may be to do with him communicating better when living in 'paradise'.

    She (kate or his mother)is angry at him and maybe he can change this...then he broadens this out to the public perception of him more generally as he wonders if he can change 'their' minds'
    Kiwi28on July 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its a *bird* is just a burden
    rs-xon August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalbum version is on albion arks right now for free


    FUCKING GET IT
    Naggerson September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrs-x -> it's seemes like "bird" to me as well, though I can't imagine it which way a bird could be a burden... Despite of, it's an ingenious song!
    reniaferon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is bird
    refrence to a book, forgot title, which is about this man who destroyed his relationship with his lover and regrets it. there is a crow who follows him every where reminding him of his loses

    this would clearly indicate its about him an kate
    his voice really suits the ballad type songs

    CANT WAIT FOR HIS SOLO ALBUM, only heard darksome sea which amazin, on youtube
    sailin-albionon February 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"a bird thats just a burden"
    its an allusion to the raven by egar allen poe
    sailin-albionon February 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti honestly think this is at least inspired by him breaking up with kate moss.

    the lyrics are definitely
    "a bird is just a burden to your heart, your soul..."
    in British/London slang, "bird" is the term for a girl. so basically he's using aliteration to say that girls/having a girl is just a burden.

    "i lost my phone in paradise"
    if it is anything about kate, they were in staying in Africa, and that's where he met another girl and evidently cheated on her.

    but yes, the bird thing.
    regretablyon July 22, 2008   Link

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