Look, here comes a Ford Mondeo When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

Another client pulled up.

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And oh, he must be up to something
What are the chances? Sure it's more than likely
I've got a feeling in my stomach
You start to wonder what his story might be
What his story might be, yeah
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

The narrator is watching this scumbag and is starting to think about what else this motherfucker does when he’s not selling women. Being a pimp can’t be the only thing he does. Probably sells drugs to fiends and robs homeless people too.

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She makes a subtle proposition
I'm sorry love, I'll have to turn you down
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

The prostitute is trying to get the narrator to sleep with her. Of course, the narrator is against all of that so he says no.

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They're all infected but he'll be alright
Cause he's a scumbag, don't you know
I said he's a scumbag, don't you know
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

The prostitutes are filled with STDs but the scumbag doesn’t care because he’s not the one who’s gonna sleep with them.

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And he told Roxanne to put on her red light When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

Reference to the track, “Roxanne” by The Police, which is also a song about a prostitute. Putting on a red light means to let potential clients know that you’re open for business.

It could also be a reference to the film Moulin Rouge.

In the film the lead character, Christian, attempts to convince Roxanne (a prostitute) to turn off her red light. The red light in areas where prostitution is legal is used as a signal for potential customers. In this song, the scummy man is telling her to keep the light on.

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Just give him half a chance
I bet he'll rob you if he can
Can see it in his eyes, yeah
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

This isn’t the kinda guy that you could trust. The Narrator can tell that he’s the type of man who takes advantage of the weak.

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And what a scummy man When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

This Scummy man must be the girl’s pimp. Alex is calling him a scummy man because it’s pretty disgusting for someone to treat women like property and sell them.

The song was originally called Scummy at first.

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She doesn't do major credit cards
I doubt she does receipts
It's all not quite legitimate
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

Prostitution is legal in England, where the Monkeys are from. This girl is just not the high class escort that would take money in any form but cash. She doesn’t take credit cards and doesn’t keeps track of her clients with receipts probably because of the paper trail that it would leave. She needs cold hard cash.

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I wonder what went wrong
So that she had to roam the streets
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

Most of the time, no girl dreams of being a prostitute. For someone to sell their body, they must be really desperate for money. Something must have went horribly wrong. Maybe she had a drug problem and lost all of her money or something.

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I said, who's that girl there? When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys

This song is narrated from a bystander’s point of view. The narrator sees a girl walk around the streets at night. She’s a prostitute.

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