I Predict A Riot

Album: Employment (2005)
Charted: 9
  • Watching the people get lairy
    Is not very pretty I tell thee
    Walking through town is quite scary
    And not very sensible either
    A friend of a friend he got beaten
    He looked the wrong way at a policeman
    Would never have happened to Smeaton
    And old Leodiensian

    I predict a riot, I predict a riot
    I predict a riot, I predict a riot

    I tried to get in my taxi
    A man in a tracksuit attacked me
    He said that he saw it before me
    Wants to get things a bit gory
    Girls run around with no clothes on
    To borrow a pound for a condom
    If it wasn't for chip fat, well they'd be frozen
    They're not very sensible

    I predict a riot, I predict a riot
    I predict a riot, I predict a riot

    And if there's anybody left in here
    That doesn't want to be out there

    Watching the people get lairy
    Is not very pretty I tell thee
    Walking through town is quite scary
    And not very sensible

    I predict a riot, I predict a riot
    I predict a riot, I predict a riot

    And if there's anybody left in here
    That doesn't want to be out there

    I predict a riot, I predict a riot
    I predict a riot, I predict a riot Writer/s: Andrew Robert White, Charles Richard Wilson, James Rix, Nicholas Baines, Nicholas Hodgson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 20

  • Luke from DewsburyBack in 2004, shortly before the Kaiser Chiefs released their first singles, Leeds United were going through a period of having groups, usually local, perform a song or two on the pitch before matches or at half time. While the Kaiser Chiefs performed 'Oh My God' and 'I Predict a Riot', the announcer deliberately omitted the title of this one, presumably in case it caused a disturbance in the crowd.
  • Peter H from LeedsJohn Smeaton was one of the founders of Leeds Grammar School and has 'Smeaton House' at the school named after him. Old Leodensian is someone who went to the school. 'Old Leodensians' is the name of the old boys cricket and rugby teams.
  • Vick from LeedsThe song refers to John Smeaton who was indeed a civil engineer from Leeds. The reference however, comes from the fact that some of the band members were in Smeaton House at Leeds Grammar School. Non of the Kaiser Chiefs attended John Smeaton high School. I can confirm that because I went to John Smeaton High School and I'm the same age and they definitely weren't in my year at school - unfortunately!
  • Supermanfriday from Wigan, United KingdomKaiser Chiefs Leeds Utd player was Lucas Radebe but Philomon Masinga came as part of the same deal from another club ,so the band could have been named Mamelodi Sundowns ....
  • Louise from Newcastle, --Love this. One of their best songs.
  • Derek from Glasgow, Scotland"He looked the wrong way at a policeman
    Would never have happened to smeaton"
    This song was written before John Smeaton (June 30th 2007 GLASGOW AIRPORT ALKIEDA HAVE a go HERO interview link below) could this have been an Unconscious Prophesy. McDELBOY
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ngh-Cxrd_U
  • Darrell from EugeneWasn't the Kaiser Chief a truck that was built in South America in the 1960s with an extensively modified Willys Jeep pickup chassis? Please tell me if I am right or wrong.
  • David from Leeds, EnglandIm from Leeds and live about 5 mins away from the Grammar school where Ricky went. Yes a leodensian is a person from Leeds
  • Lexie from London, England1) I think the whole 'thee' thing is just a way of adding character to the song and giving the Kaiser Chiefs something of a signature move
    2) Britain isn't ALWAYS like this you know! Britain rocks, the people described in this song just give the place some colour and the rest of us an edge :p
  • Colin from Bradford, EnglandIt is very interesting that this song features the use of the archaic form 'thee'. Whilst it is true that this is used in Yorkshire, it is almost unheard of amongst young people. I have lived in Yorkshire for the last 16 years (within 20 miles of Leeds) and I have never heard it used routinely by anyone. It is still more current in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Sheffield area) but largely amongst the older generation. I wonder why Kaiser Chiefs decided to use it here (other than the fact that it rhymes - sort of)?
  • Myss from Arvada, CoInteresting! I always just thought this song was about the way Britain is in general. LOL
  • Stu from Fife, ScotlandYep. According to my Concise Oxford dictionary, "lairy" is an alternative form of the word "leery".
  • Stu from Fife, ScotlandIs it not: "Watching the people get leery; It's not very pretty, I tell thee", because leery means looking sly, as if plotting something. For our foreign readers, the archaic form "thee" is still used instead of "you" in the north of England, especially in Yorkshire, where Leeds is.
  • Mr Ond from East Sussex - Almost Brighton, Englandthere are now 24 hour pub opening hours in britain
  • Sarah from Sunderlandtried to get in my taxi
    A man in a tracksuit attacked me

    Almost certain those lines, refer to a common thug in britain, code name a chav.
  • Sarah from SunderlandYah Leodensian is a person from leeds.
  • Mel from Stockton On Tees, EnglandNick Hodgson said this song was written about a typical saturday night in Leeds.
  • Mel from Stockton On Tees, England"Would never have happened to Smeaton" refers to John Smeaton, a highly regarded civil engineer from Leeds (where the band are from). Whilst at junior school, lead singer Ricky Wilson was in the school house 'Smeaton'. Though there is a high School named after John Smeaton (I went there!), Wilson did not attend there. he went to Leeds Grammer School.
  • Rico from Melbourne, AustraliaGreat timing from Kaiser Chiefs - they might not have predicted the circumstances but the riots in France are on and its not long after the release of this album :)

    Awesome song, but I think the best song on this album is "Oh my God" or "You can have it all"... great music
  • Alexander from Einbeck, GermanyA leodensian is a person from Leeds, or so I have read ;)
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