The original single was deleted after only two months. He also refused to have lyrics printed on any record. Its title defined an era and introduced a new phrase into the English vernacular. Since then it has appeared on every Ian Dury compilation. It features four drummers and four keyboard players, plus vocals by Wallis, Wreckless Eric, Edmunds, Lowe, and Dury, and by the end at 5 minutes and 22 seconds what sounds like every musician on the tour. Here's a little bit of advice, you're quite welcome, it is free Don't do nothing that is cut-price, you'll know what they'll make you be They will try their tricky device, trap you with the ordinary Get your teeth into a small slice, the cake of liberty The title of the song became part of the English language and was later used in many other song lyrics. The pattern of work adopted by the pair involved Dury presenting Jankel with his hand-typed lyric sheets. Now it tends to be the one we do to open the set. The verses themselves are at times somewhat riddle-like, although always suggestive of an alternative lifestyle: Dury himself, however, maintained that the song was not a punk anthem and said he was trying to suggest that there was more to life than a 9-to-5 existence such as in his track-by-track comments in the sleeve-notes of Repertoire Records ' Reasons to Be Cheerful: Annie Nightingale recently told me that she did spin it during the evenings. The video features footage of Dury singing the lyrics. However, it all got a little confused when the French version of the album — which did have the track on it — was imported into the UK and began outselling the official British version. Ian came back in with the coffee, and a cheeky grin on his face, watching as the realisation dawned on me. But Charlie admitted too that he himself had lifted it from a French Creole song, so it seemed that the riff had been passed down the years. The Life of Ian Dury he would be repeatedly given the lyric for "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" but Jankel kept rejecting the song, only for it to be at the top of the pile again the next time, only to be rejected again. Once I had the start, the rest of was easy.