Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

Today is National Poetry Day. Which seems as good a reason as any to bask in the greatest rhyming couplets of easily British indie's finest lyricist - Alex Turner. Picking the Arctic Monkeys man's top 35 lyrics wasn't easy but we've given it a good bash. If we missed out your favourite Turner lyric, you know where to find us. In the meantime, let's begin...

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Arabella's got some interstellar-gator skin boots/And a helter skelter 'round her little finger and I ride it endlessly" ('Arabella')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"The type of kisses where teeth collide / 
When she laughs / The heavens hum a stun-gun lullaby" ('Reckless Serenade')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Her steady hands may well have done
 / The Devil's pedicure" ('The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Mysteries flashing amber
 / Go green when you answer
 / But the red on the rest of the questionnaire never changes" ('Piledriver Waltz')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"It seems as we become the winners
 / You lose a bit of summat
 / And half wonder if you want it at all" ('Despair In The Departure Lounge')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Does it help you stay up late / 
Does it help you concentrate
 / Does it tune you in / 
When you chew your chin" ('Black Treacle')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I took the batteries out my mysticism / 
And put them in my thinking cap" ('The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Without permission / His face became wet / He thought that he learned / How to not get upset" ('The Time Has Come')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Flicking through a little book of sex tips 
/ Remember when the boys were all electric?" ('Fluorescent Adolescent')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I bet there's hundreds of blokes that have wept 
cause you've stolen their thunder" ('Brianstorm')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"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 coupla cans / 
He thinks it's alright to act like a dickhead" ('A Certain Romance')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"And yeah, I'd love to tell you all my problem / You're not from New York City, you're from Rotherham" ('Fake Tales Of San Francisco')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I crumble completely when you cry / 
It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye 
I'm always just about to go and spoil the surprise
 / Take my hands off of your eyes too soon" ('505')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Over there there's broken bones / There's only music so that there's new ringtones" ('A Certain Romance')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"So have you got the guts? / Been wondering if your heart's still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts" ('Do I Wanna Know?')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"And she won't be surprised, and she won't be shocked
 / When she's pressed the star after she's pressed unlock
 / And there's verse and chapter sat in her inbox / 
And all that it says is that you've drank a lot" ('View From The Afternoon')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I'm not the kind of fool who's gonna sit and sing to you about stars, girl / 
But last night I looked up into the dark half of the blue and they'd gone backwards" ('Stuck On The Puzzle')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"And though I tried so not to suffer the indignity of reaction / 
There was no cracks to grasp or gaps to claw" ('Crying Lightning')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"She looks as if she's blowing a kiss at me
 and suddenly the sky is a scissor
 sitting on the floor with a tambourine
 crushing up a bundle of love" ('That's Where You're Wrong')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I heard the news that you're planning / 
To shoot me out of a cannon" ('Piledriver Waltz')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Now then Mardy Bum / I've seen your frown / And it's like looking down the barrel of a gun" ('Mardy Bum')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Didn't you see she were gorgeous, she was beyond belief / But this lad at the side drinking his Smirnoff ice / Came and paid for her Tropical Reef" ('Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secure')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"I etched a face of a stopwatch / 
On the back of a raindrop
 / And did a swap for the sand in an hourglass" ('Piledriver Waltz')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"My days end best when the sunset gets itself behind/That little lady sitting on the passenger side /It's much less picturesque without her catching the light/The horizon tries but it's just not as kind on the eyes" ('Arabella')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"You used to get it in your fishnets
 / Now you only get it in your night dress" ('Fluorescent Adolescent')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"What came first the chicken or the dickhead?" ('Pretty Visitors')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"She's a certified mind blower / Knowing full well that I don't/ May suggest there's somewhere from which I might know her Just to get the ball to roll" ('Number 1 Party Anthem')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"And I elongated my lift home / 
Yeah I let him go the long way round
 / I smelt your scent on the seatbelt
 / And kept my shortcuts to myself" ('Cornerstone')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Oh there ain't no love / No, Montagues or Capulets / 
Just banging tunes and DJ sets / And
 dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtiness" ('I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"Baby we both know / That the nights were mainly made for saying things that you can’t say tomorrow day" ('Do I Wanna Know?')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"That's not a skirt, girl, that's a sawn-off shotgun / 
And I can only hope you've got it aimed at me" ('Suck It And See')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"There's a super cool band yeah / With their trilbys and their glasses of white wine / 
And all the weekend rock stars are in the toilets practicing their lines" ('Fake Tales Of San Francisco')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"It sort of feels like I'm running out of time/ I haven't found all I was hoping to find / You said you got to be up in the morning, going to have an early night / And you're starting to bore me, baby, why'd you only call me when you're high?" ('Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"It’s a year ago / Since I drank miniature whiskey and we shared your Coke / Said ain’t it just like you to kiss me / And then hit the road / Leave me listening to The Stones / 2000 Light Years From Home" ('I Want It All')

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Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner's 35 Greatest Lyrics So Far

"You're rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock / 
And those other girls are just post-mix lemonade" ('Suck It And See')

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