The Pogues The Body of an American Lyrics

Poguetry in Motion Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 London Girl
  • 2 A Rainy Night in Soho
  • 3 The Body of an American
  • 4 Planxty Noel Hill
  • The cadillac stood by the house
    And the yanks they were within
    And the tinker boys they hissed advice
    'Hot-wire her with a pin'
    Then we turned and shook as we had a look
    In the room where the dead men lay
    So big Jim Dwyer made his last trip
    To the shores where his father's laid

    But fifteen minutes later
    We had our first taste of whiskey
    There was uncles giving lectures
    On ancient Irish history
    The men all started telling jokes
    And the women they got frisky
    By five o'clock in the evening
    Every bastard there was piskey

    Fare thee well, going away
    There's nothing left to say
    Farewell to New York City boys, to Boston and PA
    He took them out with a well-aimed clout
    And we often heard him say
    I'm a free-born man of the USA

    He fought the champ in Pittsburgh
    And he slashed him to the ground
    He took on Tiny Tartanella
    And it only went one round
    He never had no time for reds
    For drink or dice or whores
    And he never threw a fight until the fight was right
    So they sent him to the war

    Fare the well, gone away
    There's nothing left to say
    With a slainte Joe and Erin go
    My love's in Ameri-kay
    The calling of the rosary
    Spanish wine from far away
    I'm a free born man of the USA

    This morning on the harbour
    When I said goodbye to you
    I remember how I swore
    That I'd come back to you one day
    And as the sunset came to meet the evening on the hill
    I told you I'd always love you
    I always did and I always will

    Fare thee well gone away
    There's nothing left to say
    'But to say adieu to your eyes as blue as the water in the bay
    And to big Jim Dwyer the man of war
    Who was often heard to say
    I'm a free born man of the USA
    I'm a free born man of the USA
    I'm a free born man of the USA

    Written by: Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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