365 Days of Album Recommendations – Nov 23

The Pogues – Red Roses For Me

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I’ve named The Pogues as one of my favorite bands of all time. I’ve named Shane MacGowan as one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Now, I’ll name The Pogues to the list of Staggeringly Great Debuts. Because that’s what Red Roses For Me is. It’s another one of those debut releases that just staggers you when you realize how fully formed the band was upon emergence.

And as to Shane MacGowan the songwriter, if you don’t think these lyrics (from The Boys From The County Hell) are pure fuckin’ genius, then I can’t do a thing with you.

On the first day of March it was raining
It was raining worse than anything that I have ever seen
I drank ten pints of beer and I cursed all the people there
And I wish that all this raining would stop falling down on me

And it’s lend me ten pounds, I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

At the time I was working for a landlord
And he was the meanest bastard that you have ever seen
And to lose a single penny would grieve him awful sore
And he was a miserable bollocks and a bitch’s bastard’s whore

And it’s lend me ten pounds, I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

I recall we took care of him one Sunday
We got him out the back and we broke his fucking balls
And maybe that was dreaming and maybe that was real
But all I know is I left that place without a penny or fuck all

And it’s lend me ten pounds, I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

But now I’ve the most charming of verandahs
I sit and watch the junkies, the drunks, the pimps, the whores
Five green bottles sitting on the floor
I wish to Christ, I wish to Christ
That I had fifteen more

And it’s lend me ten pounds, I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

And it’s lend me ten pounds, I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

The boys and me are drunk and looking for you
We’ll eat your frigging entrails and we won’t give a damn
Me daddy was a blue shirt and my mother a madam
And my brother earned his medals at Mai Lei in Vietnam

And it’s lend me ten pounds and I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

On the first day of March it was raining
It was raining worse than anything that I have ever seen
Stay on the other side of the road
‘Cause you can never tell
We’ve a thirst like a gang of devils
We’re the boys of the county hell

And it’s lend me ten pounds and I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

And it’s lend me ten pounds and I’ll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning


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