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30/6/2009. Waterboys - Yeats celebrations

Another track from The Waterboys’ anti-booze marketing binge concept E.P

 

‘Twas Arthur’s Day in Dublin and the streets ran green with puke
I met the ghost of Willie Yeats and he fixed me with a look
‘Twas Arthur’s Day in Dublin and the streets ran gold with piss
Said Yeats, “to think that Emmett and Wolfe Tone did die for this!”

‘Twas Arthur’s Day in Dublin and the streets were black with beer
there were gobshites to the right and left, there were gobshites to the rear
I came upon Luke Kelly’s ghost and I asked him what he thought
“this madness finished me”, he said, “it’ll finish half this lot”

‘Twas Arthur’s Day in Dublin and the streets were full of fights there were women drippin’ blood and men collapsed beneath streetlights
I met a Christian Brother, there was victory in his face
“I’m proven right” he cried “we’re a vile and savage race”

‘Twas Arthur’s Day in Dublin and the streets were blue with bands
tricked by promise of good causes, shipped in from foreign lands
The Manics and Mick Jones were there, and the Mumfords too, ’tis said
And I heard the ghost of Philo say “the counter-culture’s dead”

The Waterboys release their three track Arthur’s Day  E.P. on September 26 on iTunes.

Enjoy poetry responsibly.

MickPuck

Previously: The Glassed And Buried Song

Arthur 2

File pic: James Horan/Photocall Ireland