"The Days Of Pearly Spencer" as written by and David Mcwilliams....
A tenement, a dirty street
Walked and worn by shoeless feet
Inside it's long and so complete
Watched by a shivering sun
Old eyes in a small child's face
Watching as the shadows race
Through walls and cracks and leave no trace
And daylight's brightness shuns

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run

Nose pressed hard on frosted glass
Gazing as the swollen mass
On concrete fields where grows no grass
Stumbles blindly on
Iron trees smother the air
But withering they stand and stare
Through eyes that neither know nor care
Where the grass is gone

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run

Pearly where's your milk white skin
What's that stubble on your chin
It's buried in the rot gut gin
You played and lost not won
You played a house that can't be beat
Now look your head's bowed in defeat
You walked too far along the street
Where only rats can run

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run
The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost run
The race is almost run

A tenement, a dirty street
Remember worn and shoeless feet
Remember how you stood to beat
The way your life had gone
So Pearly don't you shed more tears
For those best forgotten years
Those tenements are memories
Of where you've risen from

The days of Pearly Spencer
The race is almost won


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"The Days of Pearly Spencer" as written by David Mcwilliams

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    General Commenti believe maybe that the 'you played and lost not won' is sopposed to be *you played and lost not one*
    anybody agree?
    Talieon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, sorry you are wrong. It doesn't make sense not one. Not one what?
    You played and lost not won= well son you played the game (possibly of life) and lost therefore you are homeless etc.
    Look up David McWilliams on Wikipedia that tells the story.
    Marc Almond's version has the added verse at the end to make it more cheerful. I like both versions.
    Dead Bang!on June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDavid MC Williams was the first who sang this song and it was the best edition!!!
    I think it's about the end of our days because it says the race is almost run...
    PS91on July 25, 2011   Link

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