What Became Of The Likely Lads Lyrics - The Libertines

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Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you with a song
We'll call the Likely Lads

But if it's left to you
I know exactly what you'd do
With all the dreams we had

'Cause blood runs thicker, oh
We're thick as thieves, you know
If it's important to you
-It's important to me
I tried to make you see
-But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know

If you pipe all summer long
Then get forgiven in a song
Well that's a touch, my lad

They sold the rights to all the wrongs
And when they knew you'd give me songs
Welcome back, I sang

But blood runs thicker, oh
We're thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
-It's important to me
I tried to make you see
-But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know

Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever, though?
But, we'll never know

Please don't get me wrong
See I forgive you in a song
We call the Likely Lads

We all bought the ones
We taught 'em all we wrote the songs
That's filled with dreams we have

But blood runs thicker, oh
We're thick as thieves, you know
If that's important to you
-It's important to me
I tried to make you see
-But you don't wanna know
You don't want to know

Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
We'll never know

But blood runs thicker, oh
we're as thick as theives, you know
if that's important to you
-yes it's important to me
I tried to make you see
-But you don't want to know
You don't want to know

Oh what became of the Likely Lads?
What became of the dreams we had?
Oh what became of forever?
Oh what became of forever?
We'll never know




Writer: BARAT, CARL/DOHERTY, PETER
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing



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Who cares? | Reviewer: Isobel | 5/9/11

You know what? I'm thriteen and I can see past the drugs. I honestly couldn't give a fuck if he takes drugs. He can choose what he wants to do. He doesn't need strangers and the press yelling at him about his choices. They've written the best music I've ever heard and I can't even describe how much I love both of them. I can't wait until I'm old enough to see them live. The shitty thing is that if they released a new album now, it probably wouldn't even touch the top 10 because of the crap my generation listens to. Sometimes I wish I was born ten years earlier. I love them so much and their back together!!!!!!!!!



Revolutionaries | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/10

Pete and carl totally transformed the state of british music it was in the doldrums of american nu-metal, R 'n' B and the 90's dance scene had died a death. they ignited the 21st century with passion and romanticism akin to joe strummer. Brilliant band



trancending art | Reviewer: jon shaw | 10/9/09

this is one of my favourite because it clearly is carl trying to make Pete stop the smack n crack,If you pipe all summer long
Then get forgiven in a song
Well that's a touch, my lad

They sold the rights to all the wrongs
And when they knew you'd give me songs
Welcome back, I sang , I know all about crack and herion addiction as I was there when this song came out and it really turned me back onto english 'indie' shame they split but to be fair I do think Pete is the better songwriter, Killamangiro and F*ck Forever both stan up to any of the Libertines songs



so sad | Reviewer: mana | 2/18/09

this song is brilliant, but it's so sad, just for the story behind it.

I also wanted to point out something to everyone here arguing about who wrote it.

From Peter's old forum posts, October 25th, 2003:

"Biggles walking round delirious still, singing a great new song, something about 'likely lads' or so."

Clearly Carl was the one who wrote it, considering Peter didn't even know what it was yet when Carl was walking around singing it.

Of course, that doesn't mean they didn't polish the lyrics together. I think it plainly tells both perspectives, I just thought I would show that bit of evidence to prevent future arguments.



Tune | Reviewer: kieran | 1/9/09

One of the best bands of my generation. Garage indie revival and it was great because of how short the band lasted. how much they did in so little time beautiful. plus for the record this song was written by carl barat. just to let you know. a song about pete and carls amazing friendship love it



Who Cares? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/08

Rhys, Mise & Lee, I agree with you.

It's a wonderful inspirational song. Well t`is for me. Why argue over it? Who cares who wrote the lyrics or who think's what. It's an amazing song. Nuff said.




BRILLIANT | Reviewer: nicole | 7/1/08

If you actually read the lyrics, then you would understand that it is a combination of both Pete and Carl. You see, at first Carl is adressing Pete with understanding and love; he is perhaps showing that forgiveness, no matter what form, is the ultimate form of friendship and love. Carl and Pete are so close, they both know what they need, and even sacrafice for eachother. It is true friendship. The thing is, the exist as a great force together, almost as a symbol of the generation; a movement. But if they are separate, this movement is not possible, and no one will ever know what can be accomplished by the two.
The thing is, that its not a one sided thing, when they say " I tired to make you see/ but you dont want to know", its both. Carl is trying to make pete see a life with out drugs, and with out the lifestyle that Pete chose; Pete is trying to justify his life style, it may be the better one for him. Both don't want to see the other side, which is why the two cant exist. This is the basis of the down fall between the two greats. Life is like this in general; people dont want to see the other side, other opinion, and it causes down fall, and wars. Even though I disagree with Pete's life style, I try not to judge, because I am not him, and therefore, I dont know the reasons behind it. To me, this song is about ignorance, and how ignorance can cause destruction.



Yes you are right | Reviewer: pat evans | 5/26/08

The libertines are better than baby shambles or dirty pretty thing .. they dont match up
i understand why everything happend.. the drugs are powerfull i ve been their unfortunately... but they will never get back together.. so dont ask.. it is just silly



I miss these lads so much! | Reviewer: Natalie | 12/28/07

For the first time I heard the libertines I knew they would become my favorite band. I had the pleasure to see them playing, and it was incredible, carl and peter had an amazing chemistry, writing songs, singing them, playing them live... Perfect.
I miss the libertines, but, I think Im glad they once existed!
What became of the likely lads?! We´ll never know.....



wvfbz | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/13/07

i love this
libertines need to get back together!
neither babyshambles nor dirty pretty thing are as good
shame pete chose the drugs :(
their storys well saaad :(




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