"Rainy Night in Soho" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
I've been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I've cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways

We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms

I sang you all my sorrows
You told me all your joys
Whatever happened to that old song
To all those little girls and boys?

Now, the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
But there's a light I hold before me
And you're the measure of my dreams, the measure of my dreams

Sometimes I'd wake up in the morning
The ginger lady by my bed
Covered in a cloak of silence
I'd hear you talking in my head

I'm not singing for the future
I'm not dreaming of the past
I'm not talking of the first times
I never think about the last

Now, the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still, there's a light I hold before me
You're the measure of my dreams, the measure of my dreams


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"Rainy Night in Soho" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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    General Commentsong*
    ThePogueson September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely sublime. He did have to throw whiskey in there, didn't he, though? The gingerlady - classic MacGowan. This song has a very smoky feeling to it, a bit lowdown and seedy, but the emotions it conveys are very true, very pure and strong. Rock on, Shane!
    NellieWhiskeyon June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this song could be about Shane's love of alcohol and that he's not actually singing about a person.
    Beautiful tune. This could top the 'Songs to be played at my funeral' list.

    Ryan Mon November 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDespite all the clues being right there in the song, I wasn't completely sure it was a romantic song, either, until I saw the Town and Country video where Shane introduces it by saying "it's for the romantics in the audience." Of course he raises a beer to the crowd and then looks totally sloshed singing it, so believe what you will. :)
    epiwooshon August 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think its a love song. I believe in "If I should fall from grace" the documentary about Shane, I believe he said he wrote it for Victoria.
    Smokleron March 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful; shane macgowan is a poet
    artlesson July 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear you in my head

    Should be...

    I hear you TALKING in my head.
    ThePogueson September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe pogues; the original irish punk band. from london. this song isnt particularly 'irish' or 'punk' i guess, but it's my favourite.
    mandyvigilanteon September 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh, it's just sooo beautiful. I get wordless every times I listen to it
    (MyDarlingDear, it's for you. I love you and always will)
    syx_oasis_fanon October 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentps: 'you're the measure of my dreams' WOW
    syx_oasis_fanon October 18, 2006   Link

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