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Up the Bracket

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Up the Bracket is track #7 on The Libertines' debut album of the same name. The track is credited to Doherty and Barat, and was also released as a single in 2002 - the second by The Libertines and the first from their debut album.

Peter Doherty said of the song, "That's me screaming at the start. There was all this fucking about in the studio. It was frustration. I can still see Mick with his can in his hand going, 'Right lads, no more fucking about!'"

In May 2007, NME magazine placed Up The Bracket at number 47 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. The song was also made infamous by its reference to London-based violent gangsters the Kray twins, the "two shadow men on the Vallance Road."

Concerts

Festival SOS 4.8 The LibertinesMurcia2016-05-07
Live @ Olympia The LibertinesMusic Hall, Paris2016-03-09
O2 London (1) The Libertines2016-01-30
Reading Festival 2015 The LibertinesReading2015-08-30
Rock en Seine 2015 The Libertines Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud2015-08-29
3Arena Dublin The Libertines3Arena Dublin2015-07-09
Ahmad Tea Music Festival The Libertines2015-06-27
Benicāssim Festival The LibertinesBenicāssim, Spain2014-07-19
BST, Hyde Park, London The LibertinesHyde Park, London2014-07-05
Glasgow Barrowland The LibertinesGlasgow, Scotland2014-06-29
Uebel & Gefährlich Carl BaratHamburg2010-11-01
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Lyrics

Saw two shadowed men on the Vallance Road
Said they'd pay me for your address
Oh, I was so bold

To say, "you see these two cold fingers
These crooked fingers I show?"
You a way to mean no

Well, they didn't like that much I can tell you
Said, "sunshine I wouldn't wanna be in your shoes"
Then they chased me up three flights of stairs
Caught me in the lift,I sighed and said, "hello"
But your impossible

And it's just like he's in another world
He doesn't see the danger on show
Now he'll end up like Joseph bloody in the hole

And it's just like she's in another world
And how they suit each other, oh no
But you never get close
(Oh, it's impossible)

Saw the same two men on the Cally road
Said now they double their offer
I was so bold

To say, "you see these two cold fingers I know
These crooked fingers I show?"
Oh, you a way to mean no

But it's just like he's in another world
He doesn't see the danger on show
Now he'll end up like Joseph bloody in the hole

It's just like she's in another world
And how they suit each other, oh no
But you never get close
(It's unstoppable)

(Fuck off)

And it's just like we're all in another world
And how we suit each other, oh no
But you never get close
That's close enough now…