"Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" as written by Justin James Hayward-young, Freddie Cowan, Arni Hjorvar and Peter Robinson....
Pretty girl, wreckin' bar,
Ra ra ra ra yeah you are!
Growin' up, I'm twice the man,
Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah I am!

The angels gave F. Scott Fitzgerald,
The evening news and the morning herald,
I know that you're from very far,
Les femmes, les bars; c'est pas une joie!

"Where you been?" you can say,
Hey hey hey hey yeah you may!
That might seem a bit below,
No no no it's funny though!

Let's go home I think we oughta,
I know you're your Mother's daughter,
Well brought up, royal blue,
I haven't got the time for you!

Finger pointing, presupposing,
Watch out, man, that door's a-closing,
This is what you get when you turn your back,
A clear blue sky turning dirty black!


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"Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" as written by Frederick Cowan Justin Hayward-young

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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI hate to be annoying, but thevaccines.co.uk says the lyrics are:

    Pretty girl, wrecking' bar
    Ra ra ra ra yeah you are
    Growing up, I’m twice the man
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah I am

    The angel's game, F Scott Fitzgerald
    The evening news and the morning herald
    I know they're not from very far
    But those girls do nothing for me

    Where you been? You can't say?
    Hey hey hey hey yeah you may
    That might seem a bit below
    No no no it's funny though

    Let’s go home, I think we oughtta
    I know you're your mother's daughter
    Well brought up and royal blue
    But I haven't got the time for you

    Finger pointing, pre-supposing
    Watch out man the doors are closing
    This is what you get when you turn your back
    A clear blue sky turning dirty black

    fastslow76on August 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think theres a few mistakes here

    tha angels came = the angels gave
    harem = herald
    i know the offer very far = i know im from very far
    will a seaman fit below? = that might seem a bit below
    well-to-do = royal blue

    I alsol think the line "i found the bastard by the car" is wrong but i have no other suggestion for that one.
    the lyrcis are quite hard to hear so i may be just as wrong though!
    scaael04on January 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it's definitely "Finger-pointing, presupposing".....Ah, the next of the NME darlings....
    Surrender11on February 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correctionles femmes, les bars; c'est pas une joie

    the women, the bars; this is not a joy
    gavrobzon March 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"but I found you passed out by the drawer!" - it's definitely not that, I think it's a line in French, but I can't decipher it.
    KyHunton January 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's my idea so far...

    Pretty girl, wreckin' bar,
    Ra ra ra ra yeah you are!
    Growin' up, I'm twice the man,
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah I am!

    The angels gave F. Scott Fitzgerald,
    The evening news and the morning Herald,
    I know that you're from very far,
    La femme la-bas c'est pas la joie

    "Where you've been?" you can't say,
    Hey hey hey hey yeah you may!
    That might seem a bit below,
    No no no it's funny though!

    Let's go home I think we oughta,
    I know you're your Mother's daughter,
    Well brought up; Royal Blue
    I haven't got the time for you!

    Finger pointing, presupposing,
    Watch out man the doors are closing
    This is what you get when you turn your back,
    A clear blue sky turning dirty black!
    Stakkeron February 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll updated :D
    zephryanon March 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuite self-explanatory lyrics, my interpretation of the lyrics is that a teenager is growing up. He outgrows his relationship with his girl. Instrumentally and structurally the song is quite simple - but catchy. A great radio song.

    "Pretty girl, wreckin' bar,
    Ra ra ra ra yeah you are!"

    Looks are deceptive - the pretty ones are the nasty ones!
    ra ra ra ra yes they are!

    "Growin' up, I'm twice the man,
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah I am!"

    The transition between being a teenager and an adult is shown here - he literally feels like twice the man he was.

    "The angels gave F. Scott Fitzgerald,
    The evening news and the morning herald,
    I know that you're from very far,
    Les femmes, les bars; c'est pas une joie!"

    Reference to the author here, I am not familiar but I imagine the French has some relation to his work
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    "Where you been?" you can say,
    Hey hey hey hey yeah you may!
    That might seem a bit below,
    No no no it's funny though!"

    As he grows up, he becomes more independent than he was as a teenager. This independence spills over into his relationship, and he almost rebels against the girl, as he doesn't take the relationship as seriously as he did as a teen so it (and the girl) become 'funny'.

    "Let's go home I think we oughta,
    I know you're your Mother's daughter,
    Well brought up; royal blue,
    I haven't got the time for you!"

    Again, the rebellion towards the relationship is shown as the singer becomes an adult. He would rather spend his time with friends, career, etc.

    "Finger pointing, presupposing,
    Watch out, man, that door's a-closing,
    This is what you get when you turn your back,
    A clear blue sky turning dirty black!"

    The final stage of the relationship - things become bitter, and a sense of distrust appears. The door closing is a metaphor for this final stage. Dirty black symbolizes the bitterness that penetrates the relationship. He has therefore outgrown the girl and the relationship.
    joe6006on April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningJustin Young (Vaccines' frontman) said this about the "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)"
    "I think this is a good opening track. It’s fast and to the point and serves as a good introduction to the band."
    (Source: craveonline.com/music/articles/…)
    tracyjackson June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI hate to be annoying, but thevaccines.co.uk says the lyrics are:

    Pretty girl, wrecking' bar
    Ra ra ra ra yeah you are
    Growing up, I’m twice the man
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah I am

    The angel's game, F Scott Fitzgerald
    The evening news and the morning herald
    I know they're not from very far
    But those girls do nothing for me

    Where you been? You can't say?
    Hey hey hey hey yeah you may
    That might seem a bit below
    No no no it's funny though

    Let’s go home, I think we oughtta
    I know you're your mother's daughter
    Well brought up and royal blue
    But I haven't got the time for you

    Finger pointing, pre-supposing
    Watch out man the doors are closing
    This is what you get when you turn your back
    A clear blue sky turning dirty black

    fastslow76on August 30, 2011   Link

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