"Library Pictures" as written by and Alex Turner....
Library pictures of the quickening canoe
The first of it's kind to get to the moon
Draw some ellipses to chase you round the room
Through curly straws and metaphors and goo

Been watching all the neon blossom, flickering
You look as if you've all forgotten, where you've been
Going riding through the thunder circle, fuzz canyon
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one

Library pictures of the quickening canoe
The first of it's kind to get to the moon
Give me an eeny-meeny-miny-moe
Or an ipp dipp, dog-shit rock and roll


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"Library Pictures" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +3
    General CommentWhat does he say in the beginning? It almosts sounds like "I'm in a vest"
    diaper salad?on May 28, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAwesome tune. No idea about the lyrics though, just sounds very random but I love the last line
    will10000on May 25, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about the chaos of the music rather than the lyrics, just a bit of fun.
    Legoheadon June 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbut if we're talking about the chaos music generates... then the idea of "i'm in a vest" means music drove him crazy?
    tonkson July 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSuck It And See (MRpsycho's analysis)

    01 - "She's Thunderstorms"

    Boy meets Girl.
    And he falls in love with her unpredictability, her beauty, and her mind. Boy can't believe he's found someone who is fearless.
    "...She came and substituted the peace and quiet for Acrobatic blood flow…"

    Boy senses that she is withholding secrets,
    just like himself and everyone else on the World.
    "…She's thunderstorms, lying on her front, up against the wall..."

    "…When you're feeling far away, she does what the night does to the day…"
    Like in a thunderstorm, Boy wonders whether the future with this new love can survive this cruel, judging world. But ultimately he chooses to "Suck It And See"

    02 - "Black Treacle"

    Girl introduces Boy to her secret vice. Marijuana. He has never experienced it before but because he loves Girl, he trusts her.
    "….And I don't mean to rain on anybody's cabriolet, One of those games you're going to lose, But you want to play it just in case"

    Their relationship blossoms but he still asks questions about her fix, which has become his fix.
    "…Does it help you stay up late? Does it help you concentrate? Does it tune you in when you chew your chin? Am I ruining your fun?"

    "…More like Black Treacle, than Tar…"
    She proves that she can still be a strong woman and maintain a healthy social life while still smoking recreationally.

    "…And you talk the talk alright, but do you walk the walk or catch the train…"
    Boy and Girl become intimate lovers….their future looks great, but Boy continues to wonder whether this bliss will last.

    03 - "Brick by Brick"

    As he tries to figure out what Girl loves, Boy plays his guitar with his band for the first time whilst stoned.

    "I wanna break you down, Brick by Brick, I'm gonna reconstruct, Brick by Brick, I wanna feel your love"

    He has to slowly get the hang of his new perspective of music "I want a blow by blow, Brick by Brick"

    and he eventually chooses to go on tour and rock out with his new found Grace. "Brick by Brick, I want an episode…"
    Girl still loves his music but doesn't like the fact that he's headed on tour.




    04 - "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala"

    "…Just when things are getting complicated in the eye of the storm.."

    Boy and Girl begin to grow distant due to Boy always on tour. She tells him that if he gets high, she'll be there with him in the back of his mind. And it will remind him of all the mesmerizing things they've done together.

    "…she flicks a red hot revelation off the tip of her tongue…"

    It's as if she appears out of thin air and it helps him rock out, but in the end…it's only an illusion…and they begin to slip into a downward spiral.

    "Home sweet home, home sweet home, home sweet Booby trap"

    He continues to rock and hopes Girl will understand and be cool with his fame…

    "…Her steady hands may well have done the Devil's pedicure, What you waiting for! Sing another fucking Shalalala…."

    05 - "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair"

    Boy and Girl continue having arguments every so often and they begin to play games with each other…

    "Do the macarena in the devil's lair, but just Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair"

    this effects Boy and his bands music as being effected by the changing times, their sound begins to change as well and they start taking risks.

    "…Break the mirror, roll the dice, run with scissors through a chip pan fire fight…"

    Tension grows as Boy tells his fans that he's changed and he's ready to live the true Rocker lifestyle.

    "…Bite the lightening, and tell me how it tests…"

    Boy and Girl separate due to this new lifestyle.

    06 - "Library Pictures"

    Boy begins to feel depressed but he utilizes his intelligence and music, and he begins seeing the true potential in himself and his brain. His brain is wired of drugs like lightening…
    "Library pictures of the quickening canoe, the first of it's kind to get to the moon" = he speaks of life "Organizers/Memory Banks/Brains of the Accelerating Universe"… and we're the first of the animals to get to the moon

    Life is still confusing and fast as fuck but he remembers only the negative memories of Girl in order to rebel and feel as if he was right in their arguments.

    "Been watching all the neon blossom, flickering…"

    He knows human civilization is moving forward in the fast life of the Information Age and so must he… his band's sound evolves again, as he feels completely free to explore new territory….

    "…You look as if you've all forgotten where you've been…"

    07 - "All My Own Stunts"

    As life begins to slow down, he begins to ponder the relationship with Girl and whether or not to go back to her. Whenever he's out at clubs, bars…he's wondering what she's doing. Whenever he tries to get high, he thinks of her immediately and begins to miss her.

    "Been watching cowboy films, on gloomy afternoons, tinting the solitude"

    It hits Boy that his stunts caused so much pain for people in his life. "…All my Own Stunts!! High noon has changed it's tune…"


    He's mad at himself and attempts to restore his Reputation and simply, he wants to be happy again.

    "…Show me what to do, I know you've got the moves"


    08 - "Reckless Serenade"
    A depressed Boy knows he is a rockstar and he knows he can get any Girl he wants. He begins to slow down and relaxes with friends and new lovers that he meets.

    "Illuminations, on a rainy day, when she walks her footsteps sing a Reckless Serenade"

    He wonders what we're all here for and whether his rock music will stand the test of time, after it all it is just a mirror of his life and right now it's a "Reckless Serenade"

    "I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need, called up to listen to the voice of reason and got his answering machine…"

    A lonely Boy tries to contact Girl and she accepts his offer to meet up, as friends. As they remember their good times together, Boy wonders whether she could ever really care about him again….

    "The type of kisses where teeth collide, when she laughs the heavens hum a stun gun lullaby…"

    09 - "Piledriver Waltz"

    Girl gives Boy some news, she has met someone else. Boy is shocked *ALARM GOES OFF(the beat)* and he begins to examine his life differently again because he thought he had her...

    "…I heard an unhappy ending…it sorta sounds like you're leaving…"

    he stops thinking about his emotions for Girl as he sees that they look happy together. Whenever Boy and Girl talk now, her new Boyfriend always comes up and it's like a endless stab to the heart.

    "You look like you've been for breakfast in the Heartbreak Hotel…"

    He decides to ignore Girl's calls as he is too heartbroken to listen…and now his sound is filled with sorrow, not the Rock'n'Roll he anticipated…. but he's gotta play in order to pull through this…

    "…If you're gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes…"



    10 - "Love Is A Laserquest"

    Boy waits for Girl to break up with her new Boyfriend…he wonders if the two of them have arguments like Boy and Girl had..he wonders if they are taking their love seriously and wants to just hold her like he used to.

    "…And do you still think Love is a laser quest or do you take it all more seriously? I've tried to ask you this in some daydreams that I've had but you're always busy being make believe…"

    All he wants is for her New boyfriend to treat her right…better than he ever did. He attempts to get high with marijuana like he used to, but he knows it will remind him of her…but that's what he wants.

    "When I'm pipe and slippers and rocking chair, singing dreadful songs about summer…Will I have found a better method of pretending you were just some lover?"

    So he begins smoking because for those minutes of bliss…it's like Girl is holding him in his arms and singing about love together….

    "…For a minute it gets easier to pretend that you were just some lover…"

    His new method is to escape with the thing she introduced to him and find a way to move on.

    11 - "Suck It And See"

    Boy reflects on his decision to "Suck It And See" and he realizes that no matter how things turn out…Good or Bad, it's worth the experience and gives you true wisdom. And wants to keep changing himself whenever he gets bored of current him.

    "That's not a skirt girl, that's a sawn off shotgun, and I can only hope you've got it aimed at me"

    He smokes occasionally and thanks Girl for introducing him to something that can calm his nerves and remind him of their good times. He wants to keep changing and never stay in one place.

    "…Suck It And See, you never Know…Sit next to me, before I go"

    Even though they had their fuck-ups, they also had moments of love and laughter.

    "Your love is like a studded leather headlock, your kiss it could put creases in the rain"

    He still thinks about Girl and knows that wherever she is …at least she's happy.

    "You have got that face that just says 'baby I was made to break your heart'"

    12 - "That's Where You're Wrong"

    Boy takes control of his life and vows to use the experience for good. And spread the word that love is always worth the trip.

    "Sitting on the floor with a tambourine, crushing up a bundle of love…don't take it so personally, you're not the only one"

    Boy feels great and for the first time in months,
    knows that he'll prove all haters wrong in the future because he's back on top of shit, and will try to never let his personal problems make him go through all the changes he went through during the course of Arctic Monkey's fourth studio effort.

    "All the old flames…fastened on, Make a wish that…weighs a tonne, There are no handles...you can hold, and no Understanding…where it goes…"
    MrPsycheon January 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt's about sex. Quickening canoe, thunder circle, fuzz canyon... metaphors for vagina. He even puts it right in there (so to speak) "through curly straws, metaphores and goo." He's being uberobvious, the grossness (as in physical aspect, not gross as disgusting)of the act of sex intertwined with the metaphorical "trip to the moon", ie sex & orgasming. "you look as if youve all forgotten where youve been"... And if hes got another subtext planted in a phrase or two, it's his personal secret.
    noringon January 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove love LOVE this song! :D
    Don't think we have to search the meaning behind the lyrics, it's pretty obvious there isn't any. And it doesn't matter! I like how he just throws random things at you, and it just creates some beautiful lyrics, without having to tell a story. It's just like an abstract painting, it doesn't especially has to mean something, but it's still beautiful. Reminds me of Surrealism, which I am a big fan of, Magritte and Dalì are my favourite painters, no contest.
    Or I may be wrong and there is a really deep, meaningful story behind it. But I'm pretty sure it's just advanced bullshit. And I love it :D
    Elvendorkon June 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest track off the new album
    shawayon May 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally love this track,
    lyrics are still to be translated so that normal human beings can understand them.

    nevertheless its the best on the album imo
    Sekundes13on July 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis new album is really strange, i think its just about his time in the states and how the band has developed.
    kass4lfcon July 19, 2011   Link

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