What Katie Did

Album: The Libertines (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is not about Kate Moss, it is about Peter Doherty's other girlfriend Katie Lewis. After leaving The Libertines, Doherty formed Babyshambles, and released the song "What Katy Did Next" on their 2005 album Down in Albion, which is about his fling with Kate Moss.
  • The beginning of his song is Doherty singing about doing lots of heroin after the break up, and how there was nothing she could do about it.
  • This is recorded in an early '60s style, with the "Shoop Shoop" lyrics a reference to the 1964 hit "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" and the mention of "Mrs. Brown" conjuring "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter." This is done with a hint of irony. >>
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    Justin - Georgetown, IN, for all above

Comments: 2

  • Andy from Omaha, NeAlso, even though Pete sings the song on some early demos, the album version is sung by Carl.
  • Alex from Perth,The "Shoop Shoop Shoop delang-a-lang was a replacement for the line "Shoot shoot shoot the line-a-line"

    Mrs Brown is a reference to heroin as you can tell from the next line of the song "I can feel it coming down but it wont take none too long"
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