"Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured" as written by and Alex Turner....
We'll ask if we can have six in
If not we'll have to have two
Well, you're coming up our end, aren't you?
So I'll get one with you
Won't he let us have six in?
Especially not with the food
He could have just told us no though
He didn't have to be rude

You see her with the green dress?
She talked to me at the bar
Wait, how come it's already two pound fifty?
We've only gone about a yard
Didn't you see she were gorgeous
She were beyond belief
But this lad at her side drinking his Smirnoff Ice
Came and paid for her Tropical Reef

And I'm sitting going backwards
And I didn't want to leave
I said, "It's High Green, mate
Via Hillsborough, please"

Well, how funny were that sketch earlier
Up near that taxi rank?
Oh no, you would have missed it
Think it were when you went to the bank
These two lads squaring up proper shouting
'Bout who were next in the queue
The kind of thing that'd seem so silly
But not when they've both had a few

Well calm down, temper, temper
You shouldn't get so annoyed
Well, you're acting like a silly little boy
And they wanted to be men
And do some fighting in the street
They said "no surrender
No chance of retreat"

And so why are they in the taxi?
'Cause I didn't want to leave
I said, "It's High Green, mate
Via Hillsborough, please"

Drunken plots hatched to jump it
Ask around, "Are you sure?"
Went for it but the red light was showing
And red light indicates doors are secured

Lyrics submitted by K-nuxXx, edited by mikejhoyle, bastillophobic, florence10, RedTheSpaceman, lidya123004, Doxxen

"Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +2
    General Commentteeth grind is spot on. it's basically about gettin a taxi home from bein out in town. he talks about askin if the driver will let them have six people in a taxi meant for five passengers. if he doesn't let them, they six of them will have to divide into two taxis. then he talks about seein the girl in a green dress. "sitting going backwards" has a double meaning. in a literal sense, he is sat in a drop down seat, so is travelling backwards, and that he doesn't want to leave (going backwards is perceived as going somewhere you don't want to go). about the "it's high green mate, via hillsborough, please": he is tellin the driver where to go. of the arctic monkeys, andy lives in hillsborough, and alex, jamie, and matt live in high green. both are places in sheffield. then he talks about seein the fight. again, they are just talking about the night, as they were about the girl. then they consider trying to get out of the cab without paying ("jump it"). they went for it, but the doors were "secured", as anyone who's been in a black cab will understand. there is a red light which indicates whether the doors are locked or not.
    whitealexon August 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTaking a taxi after a night out and trying to follow a girl that he saw in the bar but could not talk to; ultimately he misses her even though he tries to "jump" taxis to follow her.
    rockbrainon March 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe "have six in" means fitting six people in the taxi. He's basically asking the driver if they can fit six people in the taxi.
    K-nuxXxon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bassline to this song is immense!

    Raqaelon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA night out in Sheffield.
    verityon February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's never much guessing in what the Monkeys-songs are about, cause it's always more than obvious :) This one's about taking a taxi after a night out, and, as always, the lyrics are brilliant.

    "How come it's already two pound fifty
    We've only gone about a yard"
    obsessedon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    ^Average AM fan.
    lukefunon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjumping a taxi means to not pay
    Super Novaon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to be about a night out, and getting in a taxi following a bird!
    Jafferon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey're pilling outta the Ledders and into a taxi!!!
    halo_nothingon March 24, 2006   Link

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