A Certain Romance Lyrics - Arctic Monkeys

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Well oh they might wear classic Reeboks
Or knackered Converse
Or tracky bottoms tucked in socks
But all of that's what the point is not
The points that there ain't no romance around there
And there's the truth that they can't see
They'd probably like to throw a punch at me
And if you could only see them, then you would agree
Agree that there ain't no romance around there

You know, oh it's a funny thing you know
We'll tell 'em if you like
We'll tell 'em all tonight
They'll never listen
Because their minds are made up
And course it's all okay to carry on that way

'cause over there there's broken bones
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There's only music, so that there's new ring tones
And it don't take no Sherlock Holmes
To see it's a little different around here

Don't get me wrong though, there's boys in bands
And kids who like to scrap with pool cues in their hands
And just cause he's had a couple o' cans
He thinks it's alright to act like a dickhead

Don't you know, oh it's a funny thing you know
We'll tell em if you like
We'll tell em all tonight
They'll never listen
Because their minds are made up
And course it's all okay to carry on that way

But I said no!
Oh no!
Well you won't get me to go!
Not anywhere, not anywhere.
No, i won't go!
Oh no, no!

But over there there's friends of mine
What can I say, I've known 'em for a long long time
And they might overstep the line
But you just cannot get angry in the same way
No not in the same way
So not in the same way
Oh no, oh no no



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Analyze this....... | Reviewer: Monkeys | 1/13/12

You're all over analyzing what is a basic observation from a teenager with lyrical genius. This song is about being a teenager in sheffield and having to live amongst and tolerate ignorant f@ckers who think they're gangsters who don't really appreciate or understand anything from music, relationships to life aspiration. Alex Turner isn't a working class hero like John Lennon who romances about working class values etc and maybe working class values no longer exist - but what he's saying they're a bunch of philistines but we need to navigate through them cos at the end of the day they're in the same space that you are. Reference to friends of mine is really saying I actually hang around with a few knobheads myself, probably not quite major knobs but hey I'm not that far away from it that I can be detached.



Youth song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/31/11

IMO. this song is about kids who like to have fun, thought old people might think its stupid. well yeah nowadays not all the funs are legal or acceptable, but damn right they don't care and still would do it anyway. In the end part of the song "Well over there there's friends of mine
What can I say, I've known 'em for a long long time
And they might overstep the line
But you just cannot get angry in the same way"
for me it means Arctic Monkey are part of that society.



You all got it wrong. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/8/11

It is just a story about going out on the town. The last lines sum it all up - Well over there there's friends of mine
What can I say, I've known 'em for a long long time
And they might overstep the line
But i you just cannot get angry in the same way
No not in the same way.... We ALL have these friends. And maybe this is the point.

But good luck to you all figuring out how British you are. Hope that all works out for ya.



Honestly | Reviewer: Nacho | 10/25/11

To me this song signifies so many atrocities brought on by the system we all live in, no love. These "kids" he talks about scrap with pool cues in their hands, they get drunk and act like ass holes, they dress in the latest fads all they are doing is emulating the very life which has been shown towards him/her/them which is where he comes to at the end. He has friends of such, but he can't blame them because its life, man. By the way I am a YANK and this song could have been written back during the cold war by Gorbachev himself, and I would still love it.



Really? | Reviewer: Erika | 4/17/11

C'mon now, this debate can go on for eternity, and several of these comments don't even address what this is for: to review the song!

But if we go into meaning:
I assume (because only the ARTIST truly knows what he meant to talk about) that the song is talking about the majority of societies' tendency to get caught up in fads, stereotypes, and social expectations based on these things:
"Well oh they might wear classic Reeboks
Or knackered Converse
Or tracky bottoms tucked in socks...
And over there there's broken bones
There's only music, so that there's new ring tones..."
Since he says "kids", I also assume that he's talking about youth (teens - twenties is fair game). But it doesn't matter what fad or label they're following, because:
"But all of that's what the point is not
The points that's there ain't no romance around there..."

Now, the Arctic Monkeys being the great band they are, they think is (to say it bluntly) stupid, idiotic. They recognize this, and acknowledge it:
:And it don't take no Sherlock Holmes
To see it's a little different around here"
,and believing it is stupid, don't follow suit:
"But I said no!
Oh no!
Well you won't get me to go!
Not anywhere, not anywhere.
No, I won't go!
Oh no, no! "

But they allow these people to continue being what they are:
"And course it's all okay to carry on that way"
because:
"We'll tell 'em if you like
We'll tell 'em all tonight
They'll never listen
Because their minds are made up".

I'm an American, and yes, I agree that there is people who's musical and artistic tastes' earn them a place in hell, but "they can carry on that way" because this happens EVERYWHERE; it's an effin' disease like that of apathy. But so what? I love the Arctic Monkeys from the first second I heard them, and what should it matter to me if a mass populous can't even make such a band more re-known. It's wasting time and energy to be blaming Yanks or Brits, or any culture for that matter, because if you really loved this song and AM, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE SAID THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND JUST SAID "HELL YEA, AM!"
You don't have the disease, you love great music. Just be happy in the fact that there are other people that do, too. Get over yourself.

P.S. - Does it really matter what place they're talking about? "the truth that they can't see" is will be the truth anywhere. Call me when people realize this.



this is aimed at the guy who wrote "oh dear" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/4/10

I've lived in America my entire life, and i have british friends, even two LIVING IN ENGLAND. To say that we have two completely or even relatively different societies is kinda ignorant. I seriously don't think that American middle-lower class has it better than British middle-lower class or vice versa. That being said, I also don't think that just because brits call them "chavs" that we don't have them. We too have little overly aggressive gangster wanna bes everywhere, we just choose not to call them the same as you guys. So to say that we cannot fully appreciate the meaning of the song is wrong. We can, and we do. Another thing to add is that we too have what you choose to call council houses. We call it government housing, and we have them in almost every community. In reality, the UK and the US aren't very different. I just want to clear that up.



London - Jasmine | Reviewer: Ben | 6/5/10

This song isnt about london, or from anywhere near there as chavs in london are different to chavs were this song and i are from, the north of england, were council house estates are. just thought i'd clear that up jasmine. LOL



Arctics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/13/10

There's only music so that there's new ring tones....best line in the song, speaks volumes about music today! Arctic monkeys would of been massive, bigger than blur/oasis if they were around in brit pop era! But the likes of lady gaga cherl Cole and glee are far more popular! Shame they won't get to the highs they deserve! Kasabian, kings of Leon, arctics, vampire weekend & courteeners are the only purists left....amen



I dunno about that... | Reviewer: Jasmin | 3/9/10

To amy dls,

I don't think we Americans would have any difficulty relating to this song or any song by the Arctic Monkeys. And, more importantly, Brits and Americans aren't as entirely different as they seem to think they are. Kids wear reeboks and converse and tracky bottoms and even burberry hats here, too. We've got emos and we have subcultures that are at least comparable to the chav. There actually IS a class divide in the states as well, which I've heard a lot of British friends ignorantly denounce. Even where I live, the city is divided between the "ritzy" areas (Palm Springs, Kendall, all of the beach areas, etc) and the "slums" (Hialeah, Little Haiti, etc). We don't have a royal family, but pretty much all of our politicians are rich while the rest of us are struggling to scrape up enough dimes to pay the mortgage.

Pardon me, I started to ramble there.

Anyway, I really don't know what you're talking about. I can relate to this song just fine. I know what it's about and I can compare it to my own experiences well enough, even having lived more than four thousand miles from London my entire life. The details don't matter as much as the big picture, don't you think?



brilliant | Reviewer: Matty | 1/9/10

Im just writing in reply to the anonymous mans statement in which he says its about the class divide, well he sort of right but only about the song his pathetic comments about just saying northerners are miners or chavs is a typical boarding school eton approach typical tory approach to life im actually 14 me writing im from the north a little town called runcorn just next to a brilliant city called liverpool and yes it might have chavs here but the majority of people have an ambitious mindset and want to achieve not just sit on their arses all day expectining things to happen to them where was the anonymous man from kensington in surrey i bet you that that kensington even though it is posh will have chavs in it so sorry anonymous man your wrong



Oh dear | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/13/09

I think that this song is less to do with teenage romance and more a comment on social class differences. In the UK (and I am only saying the UK because I have never lived anywhere else and am not qualified to commment on other countries where I have no clue as to how their society works) there is a a very obvious class divide. Its a divide that just doesn't occur in many other countries, specifically the US, because many of them have never had a monarchy, upper class, middle class and then a lower/working class. In many other countries the only real divide is either by race or rich/poor. This song highlights chav culture (Council Housed And Violent) something that is fairly unique to Britain. Americans reading this do not need to get all angry about this last statement because you do not have chavs, you guys have poor people/rednecks/everything else but you don't have chavs
1) you don't really have council houses
2) the working class/Northern culture here is far different to anything you guys have over there, even the south of England doesn't have the mining working class that the Northerners do
I am not saying that on a broader spectrum that this song cannot apply to all working classes in every country, I am only pointing out that the song was written as a class commentary on northern English chavs. Its great if it is accessible to everyone but the specific example they chose to highlight is that of a nothern chav and no one but a person from that background can probably fully understand the whole concept of what it is to be a northern chav. I am definitely NOT northern or chavvy (I am from Kensington and went to boarding school)and although I love the song I realise that only a northern chav can probably apreciate the full meaning of it.



Not all | Reviewer: Chris | 12/6/09

I don't think teenage love is overrated. I mean thats what most adults think. Thats just because they've seen more shit than the younger folk. Don't mean the younger people can't love. I for one think teenage love is underrated. If anything. Teenage love is pure. I don't think its fair for teenagers to be stereoptyped into misfits who don't know shit and are guided by hormones. Although.. I can't say teenagers are the model citizens.. They aren't the worst out there either. This song is great.. No matter how you interpret it. Peace



The point is that theres no.... | Reviewer: amy dls | 11/12/09

I hate to get into this brit/US arguement but can you honestly say that americans relate
to lyrics like
"At least he hasn't got a Nova Or a Burberry hat" from songs like bigger boys and stolen sweethearts... somehow i really just dont picture kids in tracky bottoms with knackered white novas drinking tennants or white lighting and banging out trance music to have any relevance to people from anywhere outside of the UK... sorry.



In my opinion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/09

in my opinion its about how love is over rated in teenage life and how us teens strive to "get a girlfriend" when its purley material and fashionable to have a boy/girlfriend. to them its a joke and pretend its like treating a person like an item keep it then throw it away when your bored



AND | Reviewer: :/ | 9/14/09

obviously this is a more typical example of british life. in fact you could say northern british life because the artic monkeys are from there of course and they write songs on their own experience. but like all music it has a wider meaning.




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