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The Good Old Days

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The Good Old Days is track #11 on The Libertines debut album, Up the Bracket, and is credited to Doherty and Barat.

The track is a fan favourite, often being requested and played at gigs by The Libertines and, more rarely, Doherty solo. Performed live, "Good Old Days" includes a longer verse section with additional lyrics (transcribed in the Up the Bracket album inlay but not heard in the studio recording).

The Libertines recorded a copy of The Good Old Days during the Babyshambles Sessions in May 2003, in which Doherty whispered "get a tattoo", as an answer to Barat's line "a list of things we said we'd do tomorrow". Apparently this was the reason that both Doherty and Barat had "libertine" tattooed on their arms (which is seen on the cover art for their second album, The Libertines). As well as these two versions, the track has also been recorded by Barat solo (for his Oui FM, and Mexican sessions).


Festival SOS 4.8 The LibertinesMurcia2016-05-07
AB brussels 2016 The LibertinesAncienne Belgique, Brussels2016-05-03
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
Glastonbury 2015 The LibertinesGlastonbury2015-06-26
Benicàssim Festival The LibertinesBenicàssim, Spain2014-07-19
Glasgow Barrowland The LibertinesGlasgow, Scotland2014-06-29
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If Queen Boadicea is long dead and gone
Still then the spirit
In her children's children's children
It lives on

If you've lost your faith in love and music
Oh the end won't be long
Because if it's gone for you then I too may lose it
And that would be wrong

I've tried so hard to keep myself from falling
Back into my bad old ways
And it chars my heart to always hear you calling
Calling for the good old days
Because there were no good old days
These are the good old days

It's not about, tenements and needles
And all the evils in their eyes
And the backs of their minds
Daisy chains and school yard games
And a list of things we said we'd do tomorrow
A list of things we said we'd do tomorrow

The arcadian dream has all fallen through
But the Albion sails on course
So lets man the decks and hoist the rigging
Because the pig mans found the source
And theres twelve rude boys on the oars

In the good old...days