One for the Road
Arctic Monkeys Lyrics


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One for the road, ooh ooh
One for the road, ooh ooh

From the bottom of your heart
The relegation zone
I saw this coming from the start
The shake, rattle and roll
The cracks in blackout blinds
Cast patterns on the ceiling but you're feeling fine
I thought it was dark outside
I thought it was dark outside
(One for the road)

So we all go back to yours and you sit and talk to me on the floor
There's no need to show me 'round, baby, I feel like I've been here before
I've been wondering whether later when you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?

I knew this would be on the cards
I knew you wouldn't fold
I saw this coming from the start
The shake, rattle and roll

(One for the road)

So we all go back to yours and you sit and talk to me on the floor
There's no need to show me 'round, baby, I feel like I've been here before
I've been wondering whether later when you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?

The mixture hits you hard
Don't get that sinking feeling
Don't fall apart
Some out of tune guitar
Soundtrack to disaster

Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road

So we all go back to yours and you sit and talk to me on the floor
There's no need to show me 'round, baby, I feel like I've been here before




I've been wondering whether later when you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Arctic Monkey's "One for the Road" are evocative of a night out with a potential love interest that leads to a more intimate setting. The song begins with the repetition of "One for the road," a common phrase used when having one last drink before leaving or at the end of a night out. The opening lines, "From the bottom of your heart, the relegation zone," serve as a metaphor for being at the bottom and feeling down or defeated. The following line, "I saw this coming from the start, the shake, rattle, and roll," could be interpreted as the singer's foresight of an eventual sexual encounter or perhaps something more serious.


The next verse explains how the two characters return to the woman's place and engage in conversation on the floor. The line, "There's no need to show me 'round, baby, I feel like I've been here before," hints at the idea that the two might have been intimate in the past. The singer then wonders if the woman will "pour me one for the road" when the night comes to an end.


The final verse describes the effects of alcohol and its "mixture" that hits "hard," with the sound of an "out of tune guitar" serving as the soundtrack to the disaster. The repeating "Ooh ooh, one for the road" serves as a chorus and emphasizes the idea of having one last drink before leaving.


Overall, "One for the Road" is a song about a casual sexual encounter that ends in a question of whether there will be a next time. The lyrics are delivered with Alex Turner's signature phrasing, and the backing music has a distinct rockabilly feel that sets the tone for the song.


Line by Line Meaning

One for the road, ooh ooh
Let's have one more drink before we go


From the bottom of your heart
Sincere and genuine feelings


The relegation zone
Being in a bad situation, close to failure


I saw this coming from the start
I knew this would happen


The shake, rattle and roll
Movement, energy and excitement


The cracks in blackout blinds
Imperfection in a seemingly perfect situation


Cast patterns on the ceiling but you're feeling fine
Despite the flaws, everything is okay


I thought it was dark outside
Misunderstanding the true nature of a situation


(One for the road)
Let's have one more drink before we go


So we all go back to yours and you sit and talk to me on the floor
We return to your place and have a deep conversation


There's no need to show me 'round, baby, I feel like I've been here before
I already understand the situation


I've been wondering whether later when you tell everybody to go
I'm unsure if you'll ask me to leave too


Will you pour me one for the road?
Will you offer me one last drink?


The mixture hits you hard
The combination of things affecting you strongly


Don't get that sinking feeling
Don't lose hope or give up


Don't fall apart
Don't let yourself break down


Some out of tune guitar
Imperfect music


Soundtrack to disaster
Foreshadowing of things leading to a bad outcome


Ooh ooh, one for the road
Let's have one more drink before we go




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

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One for the road, ooh ooh
One for the road, ooh ooh

From the bottom of your heart
The relegation zone
I saw this coming from the start
The shake rattle and roll
The cracks in blackout blinds
Cast patterns on the ceiling
But you’re feeling fine
I thought it was dark outside
I thought it was dark outside

-One for the road
So we all get back to yours
And you sit and talk to me on the floor
There’s no need to show me round baby
I feel like I've been here before
I've been wondering whether later
When you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?

I knew this would be on the cards
I knew you wouldn't fold
I saw this coming from the start
The shake rattle and roll

-One for the road
So we all get back to yours
And you sit and talk to me on the floor
There’s no need to show me round baby
I feel like I've been here before
I've been wondering whether later
When you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?

The mixture hits you hard
Don’t get that sinking feeling
Don’t fall apart
Some out of tune guitar
Soundtrack to disaster

Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, one for the road
Ooh ooh, ooh ooh
Ooh ooh, ooh ooh

-One for the road
So we all get back to yours
And you sit and talk to me on the floor
There’s no need to show me round baby
I feel like I've been here before
I've been wondering whether later
When you tell everybody to go
Will you pour me one for the road?



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