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Ladies And Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)

Ladies And Gentlemen (Roll The Dice) was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 9th track on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

BackgroundEdit

According to Serge, he initially didn't want to include Ladies and Gentlemen on the album because it felt "too indie" and "like a song" until it got its electro elements. The song has been described as being sung by "the last man at the bar", with Serge explaining "It's all down to Tom's singing. He means every word. He's the Dice Man."[1] In the official album commentary he said: "Everyone's kind of been there, when you've taken it a bit too far, maybe you've not been in bed for a couple of days, or you just drank your life away."

LiveEdit

Ladies and Gentlemen was debuted in an acoustic session for French radio station Oui FM in April 2009, two months before the release of the album. After that it was played only during the arena tour in November 2009 and then dropped. On New Year's Eve 2012 a video was posted on the band's official YouTube channel showing Serge playing an acoustic version of the song, accompanied by Ben on keyboards.

In May 2017, Kasabian slipped a snippet of Ladies and Gentlemen into their acoustic cover of Cosmic Dancer in a BBC Radio 2 session.

QuotesEdit

"This is one of those 'everything got very messy last night, but I wanted it to' sort of songs. It's sung with real experience. I love Tom's vocals on this, he's really pushed himself for the sake of the song. You can hear all those experiences in his voice. I think the album needed a moment like this. It's a trip and this is a little step back to take stock, before setting it up for the climax."
— Serge (NME, 13 June 2009)
"Half terrified and half buzzing off the fact that you're not like everyone else. You walk by the daily commute and you look in their eyes and they look at you like a zombie, but you're proud that you're not like everyone else."
— Serge (Xfm Track by Track, 10 June 2009)

ReleasesEdit

Albums

Live ReleasesEdit

Video

LyricsEdit

I tell you something isn't right
The way I'm feeling kept me up all night
I fix myself another drink
But this night's crazy, I need time to think
All the good ones got away
All the good ones gone to waste

And I take another hit
Do I really care my joint's still lit
All the TVs hypnotise
All the loonies on the rise
And old man, well I gotta tell you

Tonight, ladies and gentlemen
I roll the dice, just give me that dice
It's been so hard working for no one
I roll the dice, just give me that dice

Wakey wakey, rise and shine
Put down your souvenirs, I think it's time
We've been dead behind the eyes
Switching stations as our country dies

No matter what you do you know the world it keeps on turning
We never feel a thing
Come on and meet me at the carnival

Tonight, ladies and gentlemen
I roll the dice, just give me that dice
It's been so hard working for no one
I roll the dice, just give me that dice

No matter what you do you know the world it keeps on turning
We never feel a thing

ReferencesEdit

  1. Q Magazine, December 2009

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