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Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

Now then Mardy Bum
I see your frown
And it's like looking down the barrel of a gun
And it goes off
And out come all these words
Oh there's a very pleasant side to you
A side I much prefer

It's one that's laughs and jokes around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was, up up and away
Oh, but it's right hard to remember
That some day like today when you're all argumentative
And you've got the face on

Well now then Mardy Bum
Oh I'm in trouble again, aren't I?
I thought as much
You turned over there
Pulling that silent disappointment face
The one that I can't bear

Can't we, laugh and joke around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was, up up and away
Oh, but it's right hard to remember
That some day like today when you're all argumentative
And you've got the face on

Yeah I'm sorry I was late
But I missed the train
And then the traffic was a state
And I can't be arsed to carry on in this debate
That reoccurs, oh when you say I don't care
But of course I do, yeah clearly I do!

So laugh and joke around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was, up up and away
Still is right hard to remember
That on a day like today when you're all argumentative
And you've got the face on

A song from Arctic Monkeys' 2006 album "Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not". It remains a fan favourite and helped popularise the Yorkshire word ‘mardy’, meaning sulky or uncooperative. He argues with his girlfriend (or lover) who is simply not having it and being mardy with him; in the choruses he recollects the beginning of the relationship, comparing it to how moody she’s acting in the verses. The charm of the song lies in the fact that there is no consoling a woman who has already made up her mind; i.e. who’s got the face on.

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