On the Run from the MI5
Arctic Monkeys Lyrics


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Come and take a leaf out of my book
I'm a crack dealing crook
Selling lots of rock and roll to the masses
And I know if you wanna take a trip to the city
We can go (to Gibraltar)
We can go (to Gibraltar)

Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on

Give me your switch card - I'll book some flights

1996 and I'm stuck at the bottom of a truck
On the run from the MI5, got detectives
And I'll say if you catch me that I really wish
That I had stayed (in Gibraltar)
That I had stayed (in Gibraltar)

Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on





Give me your switch card - I'll book some flights

Overall Meaning

The Arctic Monkeys' song "On the Run From the MI5" is a fast-paced tune infused with their signature brand of punk rock. The song tells the story of an aspiring drug dealer who's trying to escape law enforcement's grasp. The first verse sees the drug dealer offering to show someone how he operates his illegal business, proclaiming himself as a "crack dealing crook" who sells "lots of rock and roll to the masses." He then suggests they go to Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory near Spain.


However, the chorus reveals that the singer is actually on the run from the British intelligence agency, MI5, who are pursuing him with detectives. He mentions being stuck at the bottom of a truck in 1996 and how he wishes he had stayed in Gibraltar. The song is full of frantic energy, reflecting the feeling of constantly being on the move and looking over your shoulder.


Overall, the song has a rebellious spirit, which is typical of Arctic Monkeys' music. It's about living life on the edge and taking risks, even if it means running from the authorities.


Line by Line Meaning

Come and take a leaf out of my book
Follow my example


I'm a crack dealing crook
I'm engaged in illegal drug trade


Selling lots of rock and roll to the masses
I'm successfully selling music to a large audience


And I know if you wanna take a trip to the city
If you want to go to the city


We can go (to Gibraltar)
We can travel to Gibraltar


Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on
Let's move quickly


Give me your switch card - I'll book some flights
Give me your credit card and I'll book our air travel


1996 and I'm stuck at the bottom of a truck
I'm stuck beneath a truck at some point in 1996


On the run from the MI5, got detectives
I'm evading the MI5 and being pursued by detectives


And I'll say if you catch me that I really wish
If caught, I'll regret not staying in Gibraltar


That I had stayed (in Gibraltar)
That I didn't leave Gibraltar


Come on, come on, come on, come on
Encouragement to move quickly


Let's go, let's go, let's go, come on
Encouragement to move quickly




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Nrthern Line

A-side and B-side originally referred to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s. The terms have come to refer to the types of song conventionally placed on each side of the record, with the A-side being the featured song (the one that the record producer hopes will receive radio airplay and become a "hit"), while the B-side, or flipside, is a secondary song that often does not appear on the artist's LP.

Becky Pusey

this is fantastic way good enuf to be a single thats wats so good bout AM even their bsides and demos are amazing x

Charles Uzuegbunam

Sounds like The Hives! And is frickin' awesome!

JEEP McCann

Great tune too bad they never play it live

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Ethan Mayes

I'm getting a little bit of cage the elephant, probably the fast pace

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