Up rolled the riot van
And sparked excitement in the boys
But the policemen look annoyed
Perhaps these are ones they should avoid

They got a chase last night from men with truncheon’s dressed in hats
They didn’t do that much wrong, still ran away though for the laugh

“Please just stop talking
Because they won’t find us if you do
Oh those silly boys in blue
Well they won’t catch me and you”

“Have you been drinking son, you don’t look old enough to me”
“I’m sorry officer is there a certain age you’re supposed to be?… nobody told me”

Up rolled the riot van
And these lads just wind the coppers up
Ask why they don’t catch proper crooks
Get their address and their name’s took
But they couldn’t care less

He got thrown in the riot van
And all the coppers kicked him in
And there was no way he could win
Just had to take it on the chin

Lyrics submitted by croesus

Riot Van song meanings
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    General CommentI could not believe that there The were no Artic Monkeys songs on this site, so I had to create an account and put a lot of them up there...

    Anyways... this is the first comment on one of their songs, and I believe this song is simply about urban youth boredom and police violence. A great song with a good story plot.

    Anyone better???
    croesuson November 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou spelled 'arctic' wrong
    tflynn17on December 21, 2008   Link

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