John Cooper Clarke performs original ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ for Arctic Monkeys – watch

The cult poet also pays tribute to Alex Turner in a special video posted on the band's official YouTube account

John Cooper Clarke has performed a special version of his poem ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ for the Arctic Monkeys’ official YouTube channel.

The poem was famously set to music on Arctic Monkeys most recent LP, ‘AM’, which was named NME’s Album of The Year 2013. Click above to watch Cooper Clarke performing the poem as well as paying tribute to Arctic Monkeys.

“I wrote a poem years ago, called ‘I Wanna Be Yours’,” he says in the video. “It’s a number in which I attempt to reduce myself to the level of a mere commodity for the greater good of the object of my desire.” He adds: “All credit to my fellow lyricist Alex Turner for spotting the romantic heart of this number… what he’s done here is a very difficult thing, he’s converted a poem into a song.”


Arctic Monkeys recently stated that they nearly named their latest album ‘The New Black’. Discussing the origins of the record in NME, Turner revealed how he very nearly named the album after a guitar amp the band were using during the recording process. “I got this old Rickenbacker thing that we recorded a lot through,” he says. “There’s no knobs, just two holes. And this little black amp that became known as The New Black. Crossed me mind to call the album that.” Released in September, ‘AM’ is Arctic Monkeys fifth album and features the singles ‘Do I Wanna Know’, ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’.

As well as headlining T In The Park 2014, Arctic Monkeys will play two huge outdoor shows in London’s Finsbury Park next May. They will play shows on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24, with support to come from Tame Impala, Miles Kane and Royal Blood. For more information, visit

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