Went to the fish shop
Went to the chip shop
Went to the burger shop
Didn't have a long stop
Went to these places
Didn't like their faces
No Television
No Competition
I Want A Chinese Takeaway
Now I'm in the right shop
To stop my hunger
Can't make my mind up
I'll just pick a number

Lyrics submitted by punker87

Chinese Takeaway Lyrics as written by Melvin Leroy Ellis Keith Warren

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

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    General Comment
    This song is about a struggle to find a place to eat but then finds the chinese place
    Johnny_Blitzkriegon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment
    This song is very complex metaphore about dreams Fisrtly you need to find out what you really want from life. Fish, Chips, Burgers or Chinese? What's going to make you happy? Then when you realise what you're after you need to go out and get it. But is that what you really wanted?
    Gråvejron July 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment
    Gravejr - so true >_
    -IheartBeanieBoy-on September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment
    Gravejr, Amazing. Would've NEVER thought about it that way.
    Sugar Cookieon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment
    fuckin A Gråvejr brilliant.
    mizrboyon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    This is another great Adicts song... Just like all of them. But this one is the best. Gravejr pretty much explained it the right way so Im not gonna add on to it
    StillNotDeadon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    i absolutely love this metaphor!! the chinese takeaway represents something lacking of grandeur and all the hype blah blah: there's "No television, no competition" for chinese unlike of all the burger places. You tried out all these other choices that were the shit but then u realized that u needed something different, simple, lacking of glitz and glamor- a chinese takeaway! However, ur still unsure of ur choice but u still go ahead with the choice u made and "pick a number". Hopefully the chinese takewawy is the best you've ever tasted in your life, haha i couldnt get this tune outta my head for a few days!
    Ravenrocker2287on May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    i would have never thought of it that way, gravejr. i always thought it was just a kind of silly song about chinese food. but i think you're absolutely right.
    ill stylieon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    It is a decline of the "popular hyped up British delicacies/indulgences". Decline- "Didn't have a long stop" "Didn't like their faces" British- Fish & Chips (sometimes burgers) Mainstream-"Television" & "Competition" In contrast, the "Chinese take away" is portrayed with positive connotations.
    flakwnaon June 19, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation
    I think it means that life is random. In the end, he rejects the mundane and obvious and just picks a meal number from the restaurant (without any forethought or planning) and hopes it works out. I would also say that he's clear on what he doesn't want in life. What he actually wants is unclear.
    CanadaContenton November 21, 2017   Link

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