The Body of an American

The Pogues
Language: English

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Compare anche nella versione rimasterizzata del 2004 dell'album Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (1985)

The instrumental part is borrowed from Guns of Navarone, a melody originally written by Dimitri Tiomkin for a 1961 film of the same name (adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s novel about a dangerous mission of Allied soldiers in World War II) and popularized by various bands, most famously The Skatalites and The Specials.
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'
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 home where his father's laid

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 pissed

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
He was often heard to 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
Unless 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 amerikay
The calling of the rosary
Spanish winde 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
I always did and I always will

Fare thee well gone away
There's nothing left to say
'cept to say adieu
To your eyes as blue
As the water in the bay
And to big jim dwyer
The man of wire
Who was often heard to say
I'm a free born man of the usa

Contributed by DoNQuijote82 - 2013/10/19 - 00:15

Bella, non la conoscevo, ma mi son trovato a cantarci sopra "Ho un vecchio amico che sta per partire...". Mi convinco sempre di più che i Modena City Ramblers stiano ai Pogues come Zucchero sta a Joe Cocker... ;)

Lorenzo - 2013/10/19 - 21:43

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