Shopping for Blood
Franz Ferdinand Lyrics


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I live in the Merchant City, drive 4x4
I eat MNS, it tastes of nothing
Oh I taste of nothing
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for blood
So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for

It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court
It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court

I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
I am the New Scottish Gentry
Anglified vowels, sub media thoughts

So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for blood
So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
Oh I'm shopping, shopping for

It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court




It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
It's a first appearance and a new suit for court

Overall Meaning

The first few lines of this song talk about the lifestyle and practices of someone who is part of the new Scottish gentry. The singer talks about living in the Merchant City and driving a 4x4 vehicle, as well as eating MNS (which is short for Meal, Nutrition, and Sports - a Scottish meal replacement company) which the singer says tastes of nothing. In these opening lines, the singer is conveying a sense of consumerism and shallowness, where the focus is on appearances and purchasing power rather than more meaningful values.


The chorus of the song dives deeper into this theme of consumerism, as the singer describes themselves as "shopping for blood". This can be interpreted in a few different ways, but it can be seen as a metaphor for the pursuit of power, success, and material possessions. The repetition of this line in the chorus emphasizes the idea of constantly seeking out these things, as if it is an endless cycle of consumerism and greed.


The second verse continues with this theme, mentioning specific items that are meant to convey a sense of status and success, such as leather for leisure and a new suit for court. The lines about "anglified vowels" and "sub London thoughts" suggest a desire to emulate upper-class English culture, which has historically been seen as more prestigious than Scottish culture.


Overall, the song seems to be a commentary on the shallow, consumerist culture of the new Scottish gentry, and the endless pursuit of power and status at all costs.


Line by Line Meaning

I live in the Merchant City, drive 4x4
I am a member of the affluent section of Glasgow and a proud owner of a luxurious 4-wheel drive vehicle


I eat MNS, it tastes of nothing
I consume food that lacks sensation or flavor and does not cater to my refined taste buds


Oh I taste of nothing
I am a person with no distinctive flavor or identity


I am the New Scottish Gentry
I belong to the new, modern class of wealthy Scottish people


Anglified vowels, sub London thoughts
I talk in a different accent and prefer the ways of life adopted from the English capital city, London


So I'm shopping, shopping for blood
I am out and about looking for excitement and thrills to satiate my appetite for adventure


It's leather for leisure and a Velcro for sport
I prefer elegant leather clothing for casual events, and comfortable Velcro clothing for sports like hiking or trekking


It's a first appearance and a new suit for court
For formal events like going to court, I need a new shiny suit to make a powerful first impression


Anglified vowels, sub media thoughts
My language reflects an English accent, and I hold opinions and attitudes that conform to the media of the United Kingdom




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ALEXANDER PAUL KAPRANOS HUNTLEY, NICHOLAS JOHN MCCARTHY, PAUL ROBERT THOMPSON, ROBERT HARDY

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