"Bye Bye Badman" as written by Ian George Brown and John Squire....
Soak me to my skin
Will you drown me in your sea
Submission ends and I begin
Choke me smoke the air
In this citrus sucking sunshine
I don't care you're not all there

Every backbone and heart you break
Will still come back for more
Submission ends it all

Here he go
Got no question got no love
I'm throwing stones at you man
I want you black and blue and
I'm gonna make you bleed
Gonna bring you down to your knees
Bye bye badman ooh bye bye

Choke me smoke the air
In this citrus sucking sunshine
I don't care you're not all there

You've been bought and paid
You're a whore and slave
Your dock's no holy shrine
Come taste the end you're mine

Here he go
Got no question got no love
I'm throwing stones at you man
I want you black and blue and
I'm gonna make you bleed
Gonna bring you down to your knees
Bye bye badman ooh bye bye

I've got bad intention
I intend to knock you down
These stones I throw
Oh these French kisses
Are the only way I found

I've got bad intention
I intend to knock you down
These stones I throw
Oh these French kisses
Are the only way I found


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"Bye Bye Badman" as written by John Squire Ian George Brown

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  • +6
    General Commentthe song is about a french student singing to the riot police, hence i'm throwing stones at you etc..
    this topic is resounded on the album cover it's self as the french student protesters squeezed lemons to neutralise the effects of the tear gas fired at them shown on the lemon on the album cover
    paul coyleon May 25, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe centrepiece of the Stone Roses debut album Bye Bye Badman ignites the rebellioussness of a Britain in the midst of the conservative government led by Margarat Thatcher. This song [thanks for the explanations of the lemons paul coyle] spoke to a generation of British youths who had long grown up in conservative Britain and gave them a sense of rebellion and self confidence as it kickstarted a generation from the Smiths to Oasis and Conservatives to New Labour as the resurgence of Cool Britania commenced.
    Spinning.Sunon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow.. good insight. Brilliant song
    shoegazinon August 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool, never knew that, but it makes sense. Brilliant song though, one of my favourites. The chorus is full of the sensation of pending victory over a long-time oppressor.
    shaymanon August 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me of the times when I was an active anti-fascist running about doing all kinds of silly things. Although it wasn't that long ago.

    "Got no question got no love
    I'm throwing stones at you man
    I want you black and blue and
    I'm gonna make you bleed"

    Just sums it up, not willing to accept something that you perceive being wrong, and then being willing to use violence to change it.
    531on August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree that this song is about rioting however; the lyric "Oh these french kisses" is wrong.....it should be "Oh lethal kisses"!
    jamskeson August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits ironic - french kisses, he probably means the kisses of the police truncheons
    dan105on September 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor the kisses of the stones hitting the police
    dan105on September 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure what it's about, could be the French riots, but the line 'your dark star holy shine' should be 'your dock's not a holy shrine'
    madcityfanon January 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe french riots are a definite reference, but it can be read form both sides, and they might be suggesting that neither is right because they both continue to see an enemy and perpetuate the violence. Both sides throw stones- one is fascist and the ironic 'french kisses' could be the clubs- the other the romantic french kisses- but this sets up two sides where only 'submission ends it all'. Again a wider reference is the stoning of sinners in the old testament until it was said 'he who is without sin cast the first stone'
    neitherbothon June 06, 2010   Link

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