"1939 Returning" as written by Peter Doherty and Mick Whitnall....
Captured Clandestine,
Crawled into the light,
Knew he was in for a shoe-in,
Just wasn't to be his night.

Dragged out of the frozen Rhine,
For the Motherland,
And the third reich,
Always good to be shoe in,
When it's not to be your night,
Your night.

Tred carefully,
So carefully,
On the drifting ice
Behind enemy lines,
In 1939,
For Germany,
He sacrificed his life,
Caught behind enemy lines,
In 1939.

Kids knee deep in rubble,
London urchins grey with dust,
Back of fout west in evacuation,
The farmers wives greeting pleasant lies,
Far from the doodblebugs.

Nana doll still remembers,
Leaving town in worn-out shoes,
Now she's back out west,
In sheltered accommodation,
Homes for the old,
Where pills aren't the only blues.

Tred carefully,
So carefully,
On the drifting ice
Staring blankly into the tv guide,
In 2009,
Oh how it hurts me,
I've only seen her twice
Since she went west for the second time
Since 1939.


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"1939 Returning" as written by Mik Whitnall Peter Martin Doherty

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  • +1
    General CommentDragged out of the frozen Rhine,
    For the Motherland,
    and the third reich,
    always good to be shoe in,
    when it's not to be your night,
    your night.

    should this part be?

    Dragged out of the frozen Rhine,
    For the Motherland,
    and the third reich,
    a toeings/towings as good as a shoeing,
    when it's not to be your night,
    your night.
    polonoseon November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are flawed. They should be as follows:

    Captured clandestine
    Crawled into the lights
    He knew he was in for a shoeing
    Just wasn't to be his night

    Dragged out of the frozen Rhine
    For the Motherland and the Third Reich
    A toeing's as good as a shoeing
    When it's not to be your night

    Tread carefully, so carefully
    Upon the drifting ice
    Caught behind enemy lines
    In 1939
    For Germany he sacrificed his life
    Caught behind enemy lines
    There in 1939

    Kids knee-deep in rubble
    London urchins grey with dust
    Packed off west in evacuations
    To farmers' wives
    Green and pleasant lives
    Far from the doodlebugs

    Nanna Doll she still remembers
    Leaving town in worn-out shoes
    Now she's back out west in sheltered accommodations
    Homes for the old where pills aren't the only blues

    Tread carefully, so carefully
    Upon the drifting ice
    Staring blank into the TV guide
    In 2009
    How it's hurting me, I've only seen her twice
    Since she went west for the second time
    Since 1939
    jerryjoneson April 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTread carefully, so carefully
    Upon the drifting ice
    Staring blank into the TV guide
    In 2009
    How it's hurting me, I've only seen her twice
    Since she went west for the second time
    Since 1939

    kate??? this song confuses me so much
    polonoseon November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about WWII
    Hannah4017on May 08, 2010   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionStaring blank into the tv guide
    in 2009
    oh how it's hurting me i've only seen her twice
    since she went west for the 2nd time
    since 1939.
    only pete doherty can write songs like this.
    leahdelongeon March 31, 2009   Link

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