"Lippy Kids" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
Lippy kids on the corner again
Lippy kids on the corner begin settling like crows
Though I never perfected that simian stroll
But the cigarette scent, it was everything then

Do they know those days are golden?
Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys!

One long June I came down from the trees
And cursed on cue
You were freshly painted angel walking on walls
Stealing booze and outlawing hungry kisses

Nobody knew me at home anymore
Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys!

Lippy kids on the corner again
Lippy kids on the corner begin settling like crows
And I never effected that simian stroll, no

Do they know those days are golden?
Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys!

One long June I came down from the trees
And cursed on cue
You were freshly painted angel walking on walls
Stealing booze and outlawing hungry kisses

And nobody knows me at home anymore
Build a rocket boys!
Build a rocket boys!


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"Lippy Kids" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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  • +7
    My OpinionThis is one of my favourites songs...

    Absolutely beautiful, captures a lot of what it is to be a teenager - what you have, what you do, what you see, and also what you don't know at the time but its only when you look back you notice..

    "Do they know those days are golden
    Build a rocket boys"

    I see this to mean that looking back at your teenage years, you see those as the happiest times of your life...first girlfriends, hanging with friends, feeling like you are invincible and all the scenarios that come with that. The only problem is that most people don't realise this until they are older. If only we could go back and tell our younger selves that these days are golden

    "Build a rocket boys" indicates to me that Guy is trying to tell these young people that where they are at that point in their life, they can do anything, go anywhere...their life has so much to offer and that they can achieve so much if they just put their minds to it

    I could talk about this song all day lone - but I have to get back to work..
    splashthecashon September 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs far as I can hear, and as far as lyrical sense goes, I think it is probably:

    'Stealing booze and our long, hungry kisses'

    what do you think?
    soxallon January 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWalking on walls,
    Stealing booze
    And hour-long, hungry kisses
    Nobody knew me at home any more.

    This is the most likely, I think. I have cited the probably-erroneous "outlawing hungry kisses" elsewhere and admittedly, it doesn't make sense. Guy's lyrics are usually intelligent and a little cryptic at times, but never nonsensical!

    Hour-long, hungry kisses.... very teenager-ish, I think! Very apt!
    elbowismymuseon January 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt is for outlanders very hard to understand those lirics but can enyone xplaine what this song is about ?...i'm a very big ELBOW fan and try to imagine what mr. Garvey is singing thnx 4 the response if you are...
    Frank from Belgium
    FrankyMorelloon January 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuy said in an interview that this album would be drawing on experience from his/their childhood, I haven't given much thought to what the lyrics are actually about, i'm in too much awe from how great this song is.
    thewordgetsaroundon February 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthour-long, hungry kisses
    dutyofpoetson March 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's 'the cigarette senate was everything then' - the image being a group of kids on a street corner gathering with cigarettes to discuss important kid stuff.

    And I think it's 'kerbstone cool' too - the same idea, kids hanging out on a street corner.

    I love this song.
    jojobon March 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom the CD booklet:

    Lippy kids on the corner again
    Lippy kids on the corner begin
    Settling like crows
    Though I never perfected the simian stroll
    The cigarette senate was everything then

    Do they know those days are golden
    Build a rocket boys

    One long June
    I came down from the trees
    and kerbstone cool
    You were a freshly painted angel
    Walking on walls
    Stealing booze and hour long hungry kisses
    And nobody knew me at home anymore

    Build a rocket boys
    pjoneson March 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationGuy remembers when he was a teenager. Kids are looked down on, outlawed. He remembers being a rebellious teenager, drink, girls, smoking, walking (boppin we say nowadays).
    But he says "build a rocket boys!" What does that mean? That's the difficult part of this song. It could mean, make something that'll get you away from this all. Be free. Put effort into something, work hard, and you can be free.
    "Do they know those days are golden?" Teens don't have much time before they become adults. Make the most of your childhood.

    -softmint
    SoftMinton March 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@ softmint

    Where I come from, to build a rocket used to mean to roll a joint. Not sure what the kids call it these days! So it could just mean roll one up boys, forget about it and enjoy your youth.
    gvanceon March 24, 2011   Link

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