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Beg, Steal or Borrow

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Beg, Steal or Borrow is the title of a Babyshambles track that appears as track #4 on The Blinding EP. An extremely early version of this song was played acoustically by Doherty in August 2005 for the BBC3 documentary Who the Fuck is Pete Doherty?. Another very early version was uploaded by Paul Roundhill in 2005 to balachadha.com showing Doherty playing the song at a guerrilla gig named "Walden street guerrilla gig". By the time it was released in late 2006, the song had different chords and lyrics.

In July 2006, Doherty played Beg, Steal or Borrow live on the BBC show "Friday night with Jonathan Ross", and gave the host of the show a drawing of himself along with the lyrics to the song. On the show he announced that there were some rough versions available on the internet, but the finished version was going to be given away as a free single to anyone who brought tickets to "Get Loaded in the Park 2006", where Babyshambles were playing.

When a photograph of what appeared to be a tracklisting for Doherty's solo album leaked in January 2006 (after Peter's New Years eve guerrilla gig), "Beg/Steal/Borrow" was written as Track #5. When Doherty's solo album was eventually released in 2009, however, it did not contain the track.

When Beg, Steal or Borrow was given away on a free CD to those attending Get Loaded in the Park 2006, it was discovered that the CD only contained a version that was already available on the "Get Loaded in the Park" MySpace (although at a higher quality). Furthermore, the B Side track (an acoustic version of Beg, Steal or Borrow) was just a recording of Doherty's performance of the song on the Jonathan Ross show.

Appearing on

Oh What a Lovely Tour BabyshamblesAlbum2008-06-02
The Blinding EP BabyshamblesEP2006-12-04
Beg, Steal and Borrow (Acoustic Version) BabyshamblesSingle2006-08-27
Beg, Steal and Borrow BabyshamblesSingle2006-08-27
Get Loaded BabyshamblesSession2006-08-27
Jazz After Dark Peter DohertySession2006


Rock Werchter Babyshambles2014-07-06
Rock Am Ring BabyshamblesNürburg2014-06-08
Capitol, Hannover BabyshamblesCapitol, Hannover Germany2014-03-12
Roundhouse, Camden BabyshamblesCamden Roundhouse, London2014-03-10
Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BabyshamblesBrussels Belgium 2014-01-16
Rockhal, Luxembourg Babyshambles2014-01-14
Live in St.Petersburg BabyshamblesClub A22013-11-10
Le Zenith, Paris BabyshamblesLe Zenith, Paris2013-10-03
The Garage, Uplands, Swansea Peter Doherty2013-06-18
Caprices Festival Peter DohertyCrans-Montana, Switzerland2013-03-08
La Maroquinerie Peter DohertyParis, France2013-02-04
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Why should I wait until tomorrow
It's already been, I've already seen all the sorrow that's in store
I will beg or steal or borrow
Hold on tighter to all that sorrow tries to choir

Oh, and if I change my tune
Maybe I won't be bound to do
I won't be bound to do
And I won't be bound to

If you must beg, steal or borrow
To hold on tighter to all that sorrow tries to choir

If I change my tune
They think she'll be fine by June
In a world where ice turns into stars
What a life on Mars

I can't wait until tomorrow, no, I've already been
Already seen all the sorrow that's in store

They'll tell you anything
(Tell you anything)
They'll tell you anything
(Tell you anything)
Just to get you in the car
(Get you in the car)

She'll tell them anything
(Tell them anything)
She's told them everything
You've taken it too far
(Taken it too far)
What a life on Mars

NameBeg, Steal or Borrow
CreditsPeter Doherty

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