Albion

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About Albion

"Albion" is a song by English band Babyshambles. It was released as the third single from Down in Albion on 28 November 2005 in the UK. The single was released in Japan on 8 March 2006 by Reservoir Records/EMI. "Albion" deals primarily with the concept of Albion, thought of as a mythical England (or Great Britain), the landscape and life of which is referred to throughout the song. This idea was central to The Libertines and still is to Babyshambles. The song was the first acoustic song Babyshambles released. The song had been used in The Libertines live sets, and thus there was some controversy from fans when it was released. It is always one of the highlights of Babyshambles live shows. The "Albion" is also a recurrent theme in Pete Doherty's music and poetry. A lot of songs contain the word "Albion" in their lyrics: in The Libertines' "Love on the Dole", "Bucket Shop" (both from the Legs 11 Session), "The Good Old Days" (from their debut album Up The Bracket), and in Babyshambles' "Merry-Go-Round" (from their debut album Down In Albion). 


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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 in bus stops
And the pale thin girl with eyes forlorn

More 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, won't you come away
We could go to,
Deptford, Catford, Watford, Digberth, Mansfield
Ah anywhere in Albion

Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion

Yellowing classics
And canons at dawn
Coffee wallahs and pith helmets
And an English song

Mm, Reebok classics
And canons at dawn
Terrible warlords, good Warlords
And an English song

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

Now come away, oh say you'll come away
We'll go to,
Satsworth, Senford, Weovil, Woomoyle, New-Cast-le

If you are looking for a cheap tart
Don't glint with perspiration
There's a five-mile queue
Outside the disused power station
Now come away (away), won't you come away

We'll go to,
Bedtown, Oldham, Nunthorpe, Rowlam, Bristol
Aa-nywhere in Albion

Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion
Anywhere in Albion

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Babyshambles

Babyshambles are an English indie rock band established in London. The band was formed by Pete Doherty during a hiatus from his former band The Libertines, but Babyshambles has since become his main project (although recently he has been focusing on his solo work and possibly a full-time Libertines re-union). Babyshambles has released two albums, three EPs and a number of singles. more »

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Written by: PETER DOHERTY

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12 facts about this song

Song Background
"Albion" is a song by English rock band Babyshambles. It was released as the third single from their debut studio album, "Down in Albion" (2005).
Composer Information
The song was co-written by Pete Doherty and Patrick Walden. Pete Doherty was the front-man for both Babyshambles and The Libertines.
Song Meaning
"Albion" is a poetic name for Britain. The song is laden with metaphor and alludes to Doherty's personal experiences and relationships.
Song Structure
"Albion" is known for its distinct structure, featuring a calm melodic verse followed by a louder, more intense chorus. It is characterized by its simple, acoustic guitar rhythm.
Initial Reception
Upon its release, "Albion" garnered mixed reviews from critics, but it was well received by the fans for the lyrical depth and Doherty's raw vocal delivery.
Performance
The song is often played at Babyshambles concerts, with fans singing along to the chorus and bridge.
Inspirational
The song Albion has inspired other songs by the band. For instance, 'Albion Rooms' is a piece that directly references this song.
Recorded Versions
There are a few different versions of this song. A shorter version was recorded by The Libertines and included on their collection of demos and rarities called "Legs 11".
Visual Aspect
The music video for "Albion" was directed by Roger Sargent and features Pete Doherty and Kate Moss cruising around England.
Chart Performance
Despite its popularity among fans, "Albion" didn't achieve significant commercial success. It peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.
Cultural Impact
Even though it wasn't a huge commercial hit, the song "Albion" has left a significant mark on British indie rock and continues to be beloved by fans of the genre. It is often considered a defining song for the band Babyshambles.
Related Bands
The song and album prominently feature Drew McConnell on bass and Gemma Clarke on drums. Both musicians later formed the band "Helsinki".

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