Thursday, 3 May 2007


Down in Albion
They’re black and blue
But we don’t talk about that
Are you from round here?
How do you do?
I’d like to talk about that

Talk over
Gin in teacups
And leaves on the lawn
Violence at bus stops
And a pale thin girl with eyes forlorn

Gin in teacups
And leaves on the lawn
Violence in dole queues
And the pale thin girl behind the checkout

If you're looking for a cheap sort
Set in false anticipation,
I'll be waiting in the photo booth
At the underground station
So come away, wont you come away
We can go to
Deptford, Catford, Watford, Digbeth, Tuebrook
Anywhere in Albion

Yellowing classics
And canons at dawn
Coffee wallahs and pith helmets
And an English song
Oh Reebok classics
And canons at dawn
Terrible warlords, good warlords
and an English song

But if you're looking for a cheap tart
All glint with perspiration
There's a four mile queue
Outside the disused power station

Now come away, won't you come away
We'll go to
Satsworth, Senford, Weovil, Woomoyle, Newcastle
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion...


hoi polloi said...

Yup. I was listening to this back in January, but it wasn't until recently that I realized what he was really singing about. Pete Doherty means [harmful/rock]. Kind of appropriate, right?

BTB said...

I'm with you on the rock part, Miss Polloi. Care to explain how you derive 'harmful'?

(I'm not disagreeing with you, mind. Just very curious...)

Newspaceman said...

Hiya, Miss Polloi, you have maybe picked up the wrong vibes about Pete. The only thing ever promoted about him is his bad behaviour and drug indulgenceIn fact, he has several similarities with Mr Crowley. A Devil and a Fool.
cheers, Brian

hoi polloi said...

The boy's name Doherty \do-herty, dohe(r)-ty\ is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "harmful". Surname.

Who so ever asks me of my birth - I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland, and my name is from the Clann ÓDochartaigh!'
---Ar nDuthchas, Issue #27

* Meaning 1: 'The Destroyer', or 'Obstructive', understood to have been earned in battle.
* Meaning 2: 'People of the Oaks'

That last definition is interesting too.....

BTB said...

Very interesting stuff, HP. (And I agree with you, Brian. 'A devil and a fool.')

I'm presently researching a series all about Doherty, which I hope to begin rolling out on the other channel within a few days.

Expect major revelations...

Thanks guys,

David said...

It is up there with a Maggie Holland song for new nation anthem.

Newspaceman said...

Hiya, Miss Polloi, harmful to whom, the name maker? People of the Oaks ? 71, 70 + 1. cheers

Newspaceman said...

Hiya Miss Polloi, thank you for bringing this matter up in your comment.

There are two reasons why I cannot go along with your reasoning behind branding Pete dangerous because of his surname.

Firstly, if you were to apply this methodology to myself then the surname you would be using would be incorrect as I had a different surname at birth.

Secondly, at some point in time, the clan Doherty, must have been branded dangerous by someone else. Thus, for example, one would say "watch out for those Dohertys', they are nothing but trouble". So it is likely that they did not choose the meaning of their clan name, the name was there first.

Now the second meaning given in your link is from the Oaks. The druids held the oak sacred and lived within its woods. Also, the druids were considered dangerous and that is why they were slaughtered.

So, although the Dohertys may have been branded dangerous, that may not have been a bad thing.

As regards his heroin and drug use. Only really Pete could make a decision on whether or not it has been harmful. A lot of musicians and artists have and do take drugs. I am condoning drug use but each to his own.

The problem is that the Media dwell on this aspect of Pete, rather than discussing his work. To a certain extent they glamorize drug use through celebrity and it is up to them how they "project" someones image to the general masses.

Maybe Doherty and Bjork could do a duet and that would change the world.


hoi polloi said...

No doubt Pete is talented. I didn't mean to imply that his drug use made him a less talented musician. I just thought it was interesting how people's names often seem to fit them so well. :)

BTB said...

This all goes to show the passions Doherty is capable of rousing; and his knack for controversy.

It is said that Peter exudes chaos from his every pore. He doesn't have to do anything, it just kicks off around him.

The above would, in a small way, seem to confirm that...!

Thanks all,