"Pretty Visitors" as written by and Alex Turner....
Tricking through the morning,
The tramp with the trampoline under his arm,
Shifts past your whiskers,
So spark is a charm with the barking alarm,
Weighs coil 'til the corner is turned.

And the bicycle wheels, all struggle to move round,
In your muddy mind,
Blatantly cape town,
And will intertwine in co-operative time,
Shall we sit on the springs 'til the mung goes dry?

All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall,
All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the

What came first the chicken or the dickhead?
Split sleep reeps through rewards and ill fitting thoughts,
A twilight force, she doesn't wanna walk,
Your legs start running and your head gets caught,
Cannot be nineteen, it's perfectly placed for the reasonably frightening,
Pulled from the after taste, you'll have to slip away,
And I'm happy to say,
Behold as the crook in a hammock plays

All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall,
All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall

Behold as the crook in the hammock plays,
Crawling with the base of the scales,
And fiddles with the feet on a balancing act,
Gagged, bound and craft in a tale,
Trailing wrapped in a gasp,

Crawling with the base of the scales,
And fucking fiddles with the feet on a balancing act,
You were gagged, bound and craft in a tale,
Trailing wrapped in a gasp.

All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall,
All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
And cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall.


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"Pretty Visitors" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +8
    General Commentsome of these lyrics are wrong but I reckon the songs got something to do with Alex's dismay at some of the fans at Arctic Monkeys gigs. I remember when the Horrors supported Arctic Monkeys. Faris Rotter took a lot of stick off the crowd for looking different and Alex wasn't too happy about it.

    I think it's got something to do with his fan's expectations, trapping him into this pre-conceived stereotype of an indie boy from sheffield, not letting him grow kind of thing. The snakepit on the wall is their true reflection (snakes). It's quite similar to Perhaps Vampires is a bit Strong But... but now it's directed at those who missed the point of his band in the first place, rather than the liggers who tried to get in on the hype when they first started. I could be well off the mark but the way the words are written and strung together makes me think he's havin' a cleverly disguised pop at the people who won't like humbug. lots of spiteful assonance

    cupsfromikeaon September 01, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHas anyone else noticed that there is a lot of carnival imagery in Humbug? Both this song and 'The Jeweller's Hands' have a lot of this ominous setting around them with dark and simply awkward metaphors, which is one of the reasons I love the Arctic Monkeys and this new album even more than their old stuff. I also like the fact that these metaphors and similes leave it down to the listener to decipher what is meant. I suppose that's what makes Humbug a HELL of a 'grower'. Once you've heard each song a few times you will just be hooked.

    I believe that the 'pretty visitors' don't really symbolise anything and that it is more in the literal sense of the superficial hipsters who arrive at their concerts just because of the band's hype in the beginning. They then wanted more and more so their flailing arms became the 'shadow of a snake pit'. This is seen again in 'The Jeweller's Hands' with the lines "You thought you'd never get obsessed;
    You thought the wolves would be impressed".

    These are just my views on the song but the album as a whole seems to echo this.
    TheLyricalMiracleon March 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAmazing tune, but weird lyrics... I'm not really sure what the verses mean. I think the chorus could have something to do with fans at gigs waving their arms around to 'cast a shadow of a snake pit on the wall', but I'm not sure. Along with 'Cornerstone' this is the best track on the album for me.
    lew0557on August 20, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentyeah these are the correct lyrics:

    trudging through the morning
    and the tramp with the trampoline under his arm
    shifts past your whiskers
    so stark is the charm
    but the barking alarm
    waits coiled until the corner is turned

    and the bicycle wheels all struggle to move round
    in your muddy mind
    blatantly caked and unwilling to wind
    uncooperative times
    so he sits on the springs till the muck goes dry

    all the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
    and cast the shadow of a snake pit on the wall
    all the pretty visitors came and waved their arms
    and cast the shadow of a snake pit on the

    what came first: the chicken or the dickhead?
    split sleep reaps rewards from ill-fitting thoughts
    and twilight forced you to go on a walk
    your legs start running and your head gets caught

    canopy 19 is perfectly placed for
    the reasonably frightening fall from the aftertaste
    you'll have to slip away
    i'm unhappy to say
    behold is the crook in the hammock plays

    all the pretty visitors came and waved their arms and cast
    the shadow of a snake pit on the wall
    all the pretty visitors came and waved their arms and cast
    the shadow of a snake pit on the wall

    behold there's a crook in the hammock plays
    cruelly with the base of the scales
    and fiddles with the feet on a balancing act
    gagged, bound and crafting a tale
    trailing wrapped in a gasp
    cruelly with the base and the scales
    and fucking fiddles with the feet on a balancing act
    he was gagged, bound and crafting a tale
    trailing wrapped in a gasp
    ellieacrylicon October 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis reminds me of The Nettles, love it
    jjcxon August 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song has a lot of carnival references: trampolines, balancing acts, bicycle wheels, It seems to me that Alex is trying to capture the raw excitement of a carnival atmosphere in a song which climaxes with the pretty visitors waving their arms casting shadows which is basically the crowds at the show... imo
    lingeronon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this should definitely be a single!
    cora_reynoldson August 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"What came first the chicken or the dickhead?"
    best line! :)
    talkingbirdon August 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing new song by arctic monkeys!
    got the best rock feel to it...best song on the album for me.
    AdamLoweon July 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song.
    apart from Crying ligthning its the best off Humbug IMO.
    Im soo happy that the album leaked:D cause i absolutely love it!!!
    I really like how the band have matured through the years.
    Arctic Mokeys RULE!
    theenvyon August 01, 2009   Link

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