Fluorescent Adolescent
Arctic Monkeys Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole
Nothing seems as pretty as the past though
That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco
Remember when you used to be a rascal?

Oh, the boy's a slag, the best you ever had
The best you ever had is just a memory and those dreams
Weren't as daft as they seem, not as daft as they seemed
My love, when you dream them up

Flicking through a little book of sex tips
Remember when the boys were all electric?
Now when she's told she's gonna get it
I'm guessing that she'd rather just forget it
Clinging 'til I'm getting sentimental
Said she wasn't going but she went still
Likes her gentlemen not to be gentle
Was it a Mecca Dauber or a betting pencil?

Oh, the boy's a slag, the best you ever had
The best you ever had is just a memory and those dreams
Weren't as daft as they seem, not as daft as they seemed
My love, when you dream them up

Oh, Flo, where did you go?
Where did you go? Where did you go? Oh

You're falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
Just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You're falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You were just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You used to get it in your fishnets (falling about)
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness (you took a left off Last Laugh Lane)
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole (we're sounding it out)
Is everything as pretty as the past though?




That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco (but you're not coming back again)
Remember when you used to be a rascal? Oh

Overall Meaning

The song “Fluorescent Adolescent” by the Arctic Monkeys is a nostalgic take on the changes brought about by growing up and leaving behind a wild youth. The first verse speaks of the evolution in the singer’s taste in attire and behavior, from fishnets to a night dress, and from “naughty nights” to “niceness.” The chorus then reminds us that memories of the past may seem foolish in hindsight, but those dreams were not as daft as they seemed at the time. The second verse takes a wistful look into the past, referencing a book of sex tips and electric boys, and ends with a reference to a Mecca Dauber, a bingo hall marker pen, or a betting pencil that the singer wears as a necklace. The final verse portrays the singer “falling about” and unable to return to the past where everything was in “order in a black hole.”


Line by Line Meaning

You used to get it in your fishnets
You used to be wild and adventurous in your pursuits


Now you only get it in your night dress
Now you are reserved and less adventurous in your ways of seeking indulgence


Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness
You left behind your wild ways and adapted to conventional lifestyle


Landed in a very common crisis
Despite your efforts to be conventional, you end up in mundane situations


Everything's in order in a black hole
Your life seems organized but lacks any excitement or enthusiasm


Nothing seems as pretty as the past though
You feel nostalgia for the wild and adventurous past


That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco
The excitement and thrill that used to exist is now lost


Remember when he used to be a rascal?
Recalling past wild and exciting times and people


Oh, the boy's a slag
Referring to a promiscuous man


The best you ever had
The most satisfying relationship or experience you had in the past


Is just a memory and those dreams
The past is just a memory and unfulfilled dreams


Weren't as daft as they seem
Past dreams and aspirations were not foolish despite not being realized


My love, when you dream them up
The singer acknowledges the listener's reminiscing and encourages them to continue dreaming


Flicking through a little book of sex tips
Looking for inspiration and ways to feel more excitement in sex


Remember when the boys were all electric?
Recalling a time when sexual attraction and passion were intense and electric


Now, when she tells she's gonna get it
When the woman expresses she wants sexual satisfaction


I'm guessing that she'd rather just forget it
The artist assumes that the woman's desire for sex is more out of habit than passion


Clinging to not getting sentimental
Trying not to get too emotionally involved despite the lack of passion


Said, she wasn't going, but she went, still
The woman initially refused to have sex but eventually agreed to despite not being truly into it


Likes her gentlemen to not be gentle
The woman prefers rough and passionate sex


Was it a Mecca Dauber or a betting pencil?
Asking a trivial question in an attempt to avoid getting too emotionally involved


Oh, Flo, where did you go?
Referring to a woman named Flo who was once wild and adventurous


Where did you go?
Wondering what happened to the wild and adventurous version of Flo


Where did you go? Oh oh
Continuing to question where the wild and adventurous version of Flo went


You're falling about
You're losing control and becoming sloppy


You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You deviated from the conventional path and lifestyle that you adapted to


Just soundin' it out
Exploring ideas and possibilities without fully committing to any of them


But you're not coming back again
Knowing that you can't go back to the wild and adventurous past




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Johanna Bennett, Alex Turner

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@septianaputrimaharani7261

Lyrics:
You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole
Nothing seems as pretty as the past, though
That Bloody Mary's lacking a Tabasco
Remember when you used to be a rascal?

Oh, that boy's a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
Weren't as daft as they seemed
Not as daft as they seemed
My love, when you dreamed them up

Flicking through a little book of sex tips
Remember when the boys were all electric?
Now when she tells she's gonna get it
I'm guessing that she'd rather just forget it
Clinging to not getting sentimental
Said she wasn't going but she went still
Likes her gentlemen to not be gentle
Was it a megadobber or a betting pencil?

Oh, that boy's a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
But as daft as they seem
As daft as they seem
My love, when you dreamed them up

Oh, flo
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
Where did you go? Oh

Falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
Just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You’re falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You were just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress (falling about)
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness (you took a left off Last Laugh Lane)
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole
Is anything as pretty as the past though (you were just sounding it out)
That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco (you're not coming back again)
Remember when you used to be a rascal? Oh



@DavidMFBowie

***** The Song, in my opinion, is about about a relationship got boring. So to spice up her life again she cheats on her significant other. I found a full explanation online, here it is 
" You used to get it in your fishnets
(Which is sexy)

Now you only get it in your night dress
(Typical and boring)

Discarded the naughty nights with niceness
(Less sex more jsut being nice, perhaps having tea with the neighbours or something shit like that.)

Landed in a very common crisis
(This happens to most relationships)

Everything's in order in a black hole
(Relationship is comapred to a black hole its in order but its lifeless and dull and sucks everything that ever was into it)

Nothing seems as pretty as the past though 
(It was better in the past)

That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco
(Looking for more kicks in life than the same old boring relationship like adding more tabasco to the bloody mary)

Remember when he used to be a rascal?
(thats what he used to be like)

Oh that boy's a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had

(This is the woman looking back on the man and waht he used to be like this is apprent because of the last line of the first verse which tells the woman to remember.)

Is just a memory and those dreams
Not as daft as they seem
Not as daft as they seem
My love when you dream them up...

(What he used to be like is just a memory and she dreams that he'll be the same again there not that daft but shes just making them up.) 

Flicking through a little book of sex tips 
(Trying to spice things up)

Remember when the boys were all electric? 
(When she used to get all the boys)

Now when she tells she's gonna get it 
(she thinks hses going to get sex)

I'm guessing that she'd rather just forget i 
(sarcastic comment by the narrator she dosent want to forget it she wants to live it)

Clinging to not getting sentimental 
(she dosent want to cling on for someone, settle down, she wants to relive the hayday when she was a 'fluroscent adolescent'.) 

Said she wasn't going but she went still 
(Perhaps she goes to cheat on her fella?)

Likes her gentlemen to not be gentle 
(Everything in this relationship is just too comfy she wants excitement)

Was it a megadobber or a betting pencil? 
(Ha don't know what this is about. But the first thing i thought of was that it was some sort of sex game or something and i dont know here the megadobebr or the betting pencil are going. Maybe shes comparing the size of her partners dick to this new fellas. No idea)

Falling about 
(Shes drunk)

You took a left off Last Laugh Lane 
(Turns down the road and laughs. She's ahd the last laugh at her boring fella)

You just sounded it out 
(She just got it all out of her by having a bit of excitment with another guy not leading the boring drab lifestyle)

You're not coming back again. 
(However she's not doing again... she dosen't need to shes had her fun its back to her normal life.)"



All comments from YouTube:

@GustavoLazaro

Best Joker

@maryscorpp13

Lazaroooo😎

@carolsilva3527

Aosksiaoka pelo menos Jesus gosta de música boa

@melancholy8279

Sim

@pobrerato9231

Q iso mei pasero 😮

@voiceofreason2698

Porra tu aq que aleatorio se fosse o video legendado eu ate entenderia mas pora

223 More Replies...

@septianaputrimaharani7261

Lyrics:
You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole
Nothing seems as pretty as the past, though
That Bloody Mary's lacking a Tabasco
Remember when you used to be a rascal?

Oh, that boy's a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
Weren't as daft as they seemed
Not as daft as they seemed
My love, when you dreamed them up

Flicking through a little book of sex tips
Remember when the boys were all electric?
Now when she tells she's gonna get it
I'm guessing that she'd rather just forget it
Clinging to not getting sentimental
Said she wasn't going but she went still
Likes her gentlemen to not be gentle
Was it a megadobber or a betting pencil?

Oh, that boy's a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
But as daft as they seem
As daft as they seem
My love, when you dreamed them up

Oh, flo
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
Where did you go? Oh

Falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
Just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You’re falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You were just sounding it out
But you're not coming back again

You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress (falling about)
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness (you took a left off Last Laugh Lane)
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything's in order in a black hole
Is anything as pretty as the past though (you were just sounding it out)
That Bloody Mary's lacking in Tabasco (you're not coming back again)
Remember when you used to be a rascal? Oh

@robkleinlangevelsloo259

What is this song about? I can't see a big theme, just random sentences.
Thanks for posting.

@noedits1222

​@@robkleinlangevelsloo259​the song is about a women's sex life getting more boring as she ages. she reminisces about the old days when she had exciting sex partners

@robkleinlangevelsloo259

@@noedits1222 Thanks!

More Comments

More Versions