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Skag & Bone Man

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Skag & Bone Man is a track by The Libertines that was released as a B Side to both their US release, The I Get Along EP, and their second single, Up the Bracket. A live version from Brixton was also included on their single What Became of the Likely Lads, and the "What Became of the Likely Lads EP" that was only released in America.

Half way through the studio version, Doherty can be heard saying that the band have "fucked it all up" and "missed out half the song" before Gary Powell begins playing the drums and they kick back into the song.

In Kids in the Riot, Doherty says of the song; "Carl was completely out of his mind, he started using crack and heroin then when we were doing the first album, thought it was a big joke. We wrote a song called 'Skag and Bone Man' out of it, know what I mean? ... [The song] stands out because we wrote and recorded it all in a day. Just being able to take what was around me, all my feelings, all my emotions about everything and put it into a song, whip the band into shape and give Carl his little 30 seconds for his solo and just BANG! It was there and I was happy, I was proud." (pp.60-61)

The melody is inspired from Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star."

Concerts

Rock Against Racism The LibertinesLondon, UK2004-03-16
Manchester Academy The LibertinesManchester, UK2004-03-01
The Forum, 2003 The Libertines2003-12-16
Paradiso, Amsterdam The LibertinesParadiso, Amsterdam2003-05-19
Shinjuku Liquid Room, Tokyo The LibertinesHigashi, Shibuya, Tokyo2003-04-13
Live Eurosonic The LibertinesNetherlands2003-01-09
Sticky Fingers The LibertinesStockholm, Sweden2002-12-18
Marquee Club, London The LibertinesMarquee Club, London2002-12-10
Le Cat, Bordeaux The LibertinesBordeaux, France2002-12-01
Live at Razamatazz 2 The LibertinesBarcelona, Spain2002-11-26
Magnet Club The LibertinesBerlin, Germany2002-11-13
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Lyrics

Toodle pip
On and on and on and on and on and on
Like you even know what's going on
To this world that I'm thrown
Kill you before you're born
Pawn your soul to be number one

You say it's old fashioned that same old song
That's how your mother likes it all night long

We could stay at home and
Call the skag and bone man
Dig our grave out with a spoon
In the morning picking flowers
Stare at the wall for hours
Till the sun becomes the moon

You say it's old fashioned, the feeling I know
That's how your mother likes it, now watch my boy go

If it's real, it's your next meal
Don't even talk about it

It's real like your next meal
Don't even talk about it

Alternative lyrics:
Toodle pip
On and on and on and on and on and on
Like you even know what's going on
Into this world that I'm drawn
They'll kill you before you're born
They'll pawn your soul to be number one

You say it's old fashioned same old song
That's how your mother likes it all night long

And if she says how to feel
Don't even talk about it

We could stay at home man
Call the skag and bone man
Dig our grave out with a spoon
Then in the morning picking flowers
Spirit up for hours
Til the sun becomes the moon

You say it's old fashioned, well one thing I know
That's how your mother likes it, now watch my boy go

Yes it's real, it's like your next meal
Don't even talk about it

"Shit! We've fucked it all up man
We've fucked it all up
We've missed half the song out (very nice)"

It's real like your next meal
Don't even talk about it

NameSkag & Bone Man
BandThe Libertines
CreditsCarl Barat
Peter Doherty


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