"Bastards on Parade" as written by and Kenneth William Casey Alexander Martin Barr....
I've lost all the time that I have in this world
I've spent it unwisely, unwisely you see
And I can't get it back and I can't move forward
I'm broken and I'm empty, it's over for me

If I could undo all the wrongs that I've caused
Fall to my knees, pray for swiftness and just
for I'm Just a fool, a fool driven to dust
An the world ain't gonna change for me

So give me one more chance to prove these problems and frustrations
Aren't just manifest in memories we're destined to repeat
A second chance to prove I know right from wrong

I swear I'll do things different but can't promise to be strong
If you could look into this old face and try to see the young man
I swear I once was pretty, not the monster you now see
But I squandered all my chances, lost my faith and took for granted
This life and precious one chance, the whirlwind I'll wreak

[Chorus]
So come all you losers, you bastards and cheats
Vagrants and barflies down on the stree
Follow this path to Salvation, vindication awats
We're marching on East Broadway street tonight


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"Bastards on Parade" as written by Kenneth William Casey Alexander Martin Barr

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    General CommentBut I'm just a fool
    A fool driven to dust
    And the world ain't gonna change for me

    kinda explains it i think
    hubrison May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the elderly men that are honored to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade every year, but are total assholes in real life.
    MadWorldon June 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI read the meaning on the DKM site, but the song never seemed like that to me. The lyrics sound like one of those men, but they sound like the man (who was a jerk) is now sorry for that lifestyle, and is looking for a way to make things right.
    jstrainon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcorrect lyrics

    I've lost all the time that I have in this world
    I've spent it unwisely, unwisely you see
    And I can't get it back and I can't move forward
    I'm broken and I'm empty, it's over for me
    If I could undo all the wrongs that I've caused
    Fall to my knees, pray for swiftness and just
    For I'm just a fool, a fool driven to dust
    And the world ain't gonna change for me

    So give me one more chance to prove these problems and frustrations
    Aren't just manifest in memories we're destined to repeat
    A second chance to prove I know right from wrong
    I swear I'll do things different but can't promise to be strong

    (chorus)
    So come all you losers, you bastards and cheats
    Vagrants and barflies down on the street
    Follow this path to salvation, vindication awaits
    We're marching on East Broadway tonight

    If you could look into this old face and try to see the young man
    I swear I once was pretty, not the monster you now see
    But I squandered all my chances, lost my faith and took for granted
    This life and precious one chance, the whirlwind I'll wreak

    If I could undo all the wrongs that I've caused
    Fall to my knees, pray for swiftness and just
    For I'm just a fool, a fool driven to dust
    And the world ain't gonna change for me

    (chorus)
    So come all you losers, you bastards and cheats
    Vagrants and barflies down on the street
    Follow this path to salvation, vindication awaits
    We're marching on East Broadway tonight
    Diabolu$on December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite Dropkick Murphys song. It's so full of emotion and desperation, kinda makes you feel sorry for the guy until the chorus comes along! He sort of seems to regret everything he may have done, but in a way he's given into the reality of it - that he'll never be able to change and forget the past.

    Also, the mandolin solo is one of the most mind-blowing things I've ever heard. At 2:46 into the song. The drum rolls... the mandolin...oooooh my god. Incredible.
    green_eyes88on April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat she (green eyes88) said sums it up in one. great song
    mattyboy11891on June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the Smile Empty Soul song "Every Sunday" very similar theme
    TomMorelloIsAGODon February 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about a middle aged drunk. Slowly, he's realized that he's hurt everyone that cares about him, and been a selfish, drunk prick his whole life. It's too late for him though. He sees these things, but he lacks the willpower to change, so he just sits at the bar in southie, drinking with the other guys who are just like him.

    Casey grew up surrounded by these guys, and he's seen his friends turn into them over the decades.
    boomerkuwangaon February 15, 2017   Link

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