"Sheepskin Tearaway" as written by Peter Doherty and Dot Allison....
She opened her heart to a tearaway, sheepskin tearaway
He was covered in scars and full of heroin
Everyone said from the start
Not one single thing could ever be okay
She didn't listen anyway

She just opened her heart, threw her cares away
At night they held on so tight in the dark
He brushed her hair away
She heard him say

All my life I've been fighting
And making the best
?

Oh, your fighting got you nowhere
If nowhere's here with you, all I'm asking
And you could fight forever
But if you killed them all, you'd never will

So, give me your surrender
There are other ways to kill a prey
But then it would never mend you
It's like trying to dry your eyes in a pouring rain

She opened her heart to a tearaway, a sheepskin tearaway
All covered in scars and full of heroin

Tearaway, sheepskin tearaway
Sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
Sheepskin tearaway


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"Sheepskin Tearaway" as written by Peter Doherty Dot Allison

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  • +1
    General CommentThose lyrics aren't quite right.

    She opened her heart
    To a tearaway, (sheepskin tearaway)
    Was covered in scars
    And full of heroin
    Everyone said from the start
    Not one single thing, could ever be OK
    She didn't listen any way...

    She just opened her heart
    Threw her cares away
    Like they held him so tight in the dark
    He brushed her hair away
    She heard him say
    "All my life I've been fighting
    And making the best of
    And with a very bad lot, very bad lot, very, bad lot indeed"

    "All your fighting got you nowhere
    If nowhere's here with you
    On my skin
    And you could fight forever
    But if you kill them all
    You'd never win
    So give me your surrender
    There are other ways
    To kill the pain
    But this will never mend you
    It's like trying to dry your eyes in the pouring rain"

    She opened her heart
    To a tearaway, (sheepskin tearaway)
    All covered with scars
    And full of heroin

    Tearaway, sheepskin tearaway
    Sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
    Sheepskin tearaway
    razmatazz_O1on April 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, and I LOVE this song. One of his best, surely. I think it's a little biographical, he's obviously the "tearaway" full of heroin and this girl's giving him a chance. It's absolutely beautiful, and his voice is nothing short of heartbreaking.
    razmatazz_O1on April 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRazmatazz_01 -- Pete said in an interview he wrote it about wolfman and his friend Gemma about a tale of a private moment of honesty between two lovers.
    MusicalGWomanon May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of his best songs.
    cocainecateon April 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"all your fighting got you nowhere, if nowhere's here with your skin on me"
    are the correct lines. xD
    BeLlA1991on May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*with you, on my skin
    BeLlA1991on May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally love this song, pure poetry. The lyrics as written above here are incorrect though.
    I'm not claiming my version is perfect but some things are really off, anyone could hear/read.
    Two versions i know, the album version, as the one i've written below here. And the "extended and adjusted" live version, which i love best, and which i've written on the bottom. (you can watch it on youtube, the version with Dot Allison, Manc04.

    She opened her heart
    To a tearaway (dot: sheepskin tearaway)
    He was covered in scars
    And full of heroin
    Everyone said from the start
    Not one single thing, could ever be OK
    She didn't listen any way...

    She just opened her heart
    Threw her cares away
    At night he helt her so tight in the dark
    He brushed her hair away
    She heard him say
    All my life I've been fighting
    And making the best of
    a really very bad lot, very bad lot, veryy bad lot indee-eed,

    All you're fighting got you nowhere
    If nowhere's here with you
    On my skin
    And you could fight forever
    But if you killed them all
    You'd never win
    So give me your surrender
    There are other ways
    To kill the pain
    But things [?] will never mend you
    It's like trying to dry your eyes in the pouring rain

    she opened her heart
    to a tearaway [dot allison: sheepskin tearaway]
    All covered in scars
    and full of heroin

    Tearaway, sheepskin tearaway
    sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
    sheepskin tearaway
    -------------
    She just opened her heart
    To tearaway, (sheepskin tearaway)
    He was weared with scars
    And full of heroin
    Everyone told her, right from the start
    Not one single thing, could ever be OK
    She didn't listen any way...

    She just opened her heart
    Threw her cares away
    At night he helt her tight in the dark
    He brushed her hair away
    She heard him say
    All my life I've been fighting
    And making the best of
    a {..] and very bad lot indee-eed,

    Ah she opened her heart
    to a tearaway [dot allison: sheepskin tearaway]
    He was covered in scars
    and full of heroin
    Everyone said from the start
    not one single thing could ever be okay
    She didn't mind anyway

    All you're fighting got you nowhere
    If nowhere's here with you
    On my skin
    And you can fight forever
    But even if you killed everybody
    You'd never win
    So just give me your surrender
    There are other ways
    To kill the pain
    But they will never mend you
    It's like trying to dry your eyes in the pouring rain

    She opened her heart
    To a tearaway, (Doherty: sheepskin tearaway)
    Was covered with scars
    And full of heroin

    Tearaway, sheepskin tearaway
    Sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
    Sheepskin tearaway

    ---------

    Song, in my opinion, is about a girl who falls in love with a less fortunate guy who's addicted and been through a difficult life. Everybody tells her not to do it and this guy is no good, but as most women she falls for this bad guy. And though they face diificulties, she appreciates the time they spend together and the image of him only she gets to see, when they are alone and together. He tells about his bad life and his unfortunate destiny and the way he always had to fight the whole world because of it. And she tries to help him end this life by telling him he can't always fight everybody and needs to stop this life, have peace with his past and let her in so she can make him happy. And if he keeps on fighting and is not willing to let go 'it's like drying your eyes in the pouring rai'n, his old life will haunt him and he will be stuck in this downward spiral.

    It's really beautifull poetry, girl finds difficult guy and wants to change him and have him open his heart as she did. Loads of people can relate to it in some way, the guys a genius.
    vdbon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this about Kate Moss..
    ChrisH123on May 19, 2011   Link

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