"Last of the English Roses" as written by and Pete Doherty....
Honey, honey
My you did look dapper in your mothers
Old green scarf
With your famous Auntie Aurthur’s trousers on
You were slapped by that slapper
And how we all laughed
But she laughed the loudest
Oh in ninety-three
You could charm the bees nees of the bees

Cheeky you’d say and we all fell around
Rolling 'round the playground

Saucy you’d say and we all fell about
Rolling 'round the playground

In the ninety-four
We all sang
Skipping and dancing hand in hand
Yeah with all the boys together
And all the girls together

She’s the last of the English roses
She’s the last of the English roses

(I wish to be so whirl awake again)
She knows her Rodney's from her Stanley's
And her Kappas from her Reeboks
And her tit from her tat
And Winston's from her Enok's
It’s fine and take what I
Coming out, coming alive
Round the Snooker table
You dance the Frutti-Tutti

She almost spilled her lager
Toasting girls of great beauty

But the closing moved by
Coming of age, coming alive
All the boys together
And all the girls together

She’s the last of the English roses
She’s the last of the English roses
Yeah she’s the last of the English roses
She’s the last of, last of the English
English roses

Ah sometimes you can’t change
There’ll be no place
Ce soir, disons chez moi
Enfin je compte de toi
Je te drague la rose mystique
Tu l’arrose mystique?
Ha, vas-y
C’est mon monde de soleil


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"Last of the English Roses" as written by Pete Doherty

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    Song MeaningThe thing he's mumbling in French at the end is supposed to be a quote from 'Our Lady of the Flowers' by Jean Genet, which is one of Peter's favourite books.
    I remember him talking in an interview about the way the song seems to be written about a girl, but then in the video, it turns out that The Last of the English Roses is actually a boy. That could be inspired by the book, as it explains the story of a man who is usually referred to in the feminine and Our Lady of the Flowers is in fact a boy as well.
    pixiethingon April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, lyrics are pretty obvious, a schoolboy crush. In an interview on "The Late Late Show" Peter says it's about a girl he fancied at school called Aisleyne Hitchcock if I heard correctly..
    mkeion March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat do those Rodneys,Stanleys,Winstons,Enochs mean?
    I've been searching all around the internet and can't find the answer……
    marsjellyfishon March 12, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningDoherty talking about the meaning behind the lyric "With your famous Auntie Arthur's trousers on":

    "[My uncle] had this pair of trousers that where at the bottom of my Nan’s wardrobe for ages and I, when I used to go and stay with her in summers in Liverpool, I’d root about, and I found them; and I wore them! I thought I was the bollocks in those trousers! There was a kebab shop.. ..and these trousers, I thought they'd give me magic powers, I was about 15 and I was a bit drunk and the fella said, "Sorry mate, we're closed mate", and I said; "Fuckin’ closed? Give me a fuckin' kebab!" and he chased me up the street with a skewer, but the trousers didn't give in. They were horrible!"

    The lyric "she knows her Rodneys from her Stanleys" could be a reference to sit-coms 'Only Fools and Horses' and 'Porridge,' or to footballers Stanley Bowles and Rodney Marsh. "And her Winstons from her Enochs" refers to English politicians Winston Churchill and Enoch Powell, and possibly to footballers Enoch Showunmi and Gary Winston Lineker. At the end of the song, Doherty recites, in French, lines from Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet.


    JayTon May 24, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningApparently the song is about some girl he went to school with .... i forget her name. Look on youtube for Peter Doherty with Patrick Kenny ... though it coulda been the most recent one with Johnathan Ross, I forget because I watched two back to back. Dont expect much from the interview, typical drugs Kate Moss and his Dad.
    Ricochipson June 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think it is about a boy as some of the things they are doing is quite masculine like having pints and getting slapped by slappers (girls) and it takes place in a time of adolesence, when pete might have had some confused sexaul thoughts about a friend
    hooligansoneon July 21, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningBottom line is that he is praising a girl who he has a huge crush on for being in touch with everything from coolness and style to history and soccer. The last of the English rose suggests that she is a dying breed of the complete woman in England- Kind of a "they don't make em like they used to" mentality.

    I must say that his references, although some juvenile, are quite deep. This only adds to the fact that she is the perfect idea of a beautiful, intelectual woman in the day and age of texting and overall dumbness of the world as it was and as it is.

    Great Song Pete!
    coosesson August 19, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe obvious and mainstream interpretation is that it is about a female crush.

    However, consider the fact that it could be about a male:

    - Auntie Arthurs trousers, implies confusion
    - The gay kiss at the end of the official video speaks also in volume
    - The subject person of the song "She almost spilled her lager / Toasting girls of great beauty" It does state she, but this can be argued as a feminisation of the individual
    - Would an "English Rose" be likely to drink a pint? Shows a degree of ambiguity.
    - "Coming out, coming alive", said faintly, as if to hide this being said. A moment of contemplation?
    - The French at the end of the song is from "Our Lady of the Flowers" (Jean Genet, 1943). Written from prison, it follows Divine, the protagonist, who is a drag queen. There are large sections of homosexuality in the story.

    Just a thought, one of controversy, but one backed up with a valid argument.
    TheWagstaffon November 13, 2011   Link

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