"The Rascal King" as written by and Dicky/gittleman Barrett....
Well he was fueled by a lack
Drew inspiration from a need
So many problems to crack
And mouths to feed
Crooked was the path
And brazen was the walk
A cocky swagger, up the ladder
And could he ever talk
The last hurrah?
Nah! I'd do it again
The Rascal King behind the bars
Or the one in front of them
The love of God
And constant contradictions
With just a smile, wink or nod
What's stranger, fact or fiction?
And never ceasing to amaze
On a regular basis
First hand into his pocket
Or first fist into the faces
The last hurrah?
Nah! I'd do it again
The Rascal King behind the bars
Or the one in front of them
A legendary character
When? Only then
Where? Only there
A hero or a hooligan?
Well, that part's never clear
Pride or shame, it's all the same
Who's innocent and who's to blame?
Politics or just a game?
Well in the end they knew his name
The last hurrah?
Nah! I'd do it again
The Rascal King behind the bars
Or the one in front of them



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"The Rascal King" as written by Joseph Gittleman Dicky Barrett

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    MemoryTHIS SONG IS ON ONE THE GREATEST GAMES OF ALL TIME. "ROGUE TRIP VACATION 2012" ON THE PS1 (BETTER THAN TWISTED METAL). SO MUCH FUN SHOOTING AT OTHER CARS TO THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USED TO PLAY THIS GAME ALL DAY WITH MY BROTHER AND FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cakesicleon December 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about the mayor of a major american city, not sure of it was new york or boston, who was put in gaol while still serving as mayor, and apparantly still served out his term...from behind bars
    Louis Burdetton April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rules. The mighty mighty bosstones RULE. And they are great in concert! :-)
    starkitty39on May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about Mayor Curley who was mayor of boston during Prohibition.
    sinkinboaton May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd Curley was re-elected while in prison. Living in Porvidence with Buddy Cianci, I can relate, and i wish he were still mayor.
    MattieCampon October 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The last hurrah?
    Nah! I'd do it again"

    "The Last Hurrah" was a movie based on the political career of Curley. "I'd do it again" was the name of Curley's autobiography.
    BamSplaton February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"The Last Hurrah" was also a novel by Edwin O'Connor. Its a fictional story with main character Frank Skeffington based on Curley. The film was based on the book.
    Twinb1983on August 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat great song, my US history teacher played this tune for us today in class because we are studying Curley and what have you
    flip the tapexXon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wish the Bosstones' hiatus would end. They're definitely my favorite band. And in case anyone was wondering, Dicky is currently the announcer on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel. So if someone would just kill jimmy kimmel, he would have no choice but to reunite with the 'Tones and make all right in the world again.


    Load your guns.
    dcrudeboyon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe songs about a guy that (as much as i hate to coin the phrase) was a working class hero and regardless of wether his endevours interested or effected you in any way provoked a song that never fails to put me in a good mood and remind me what we can be capable of!
    im so gutted i never got to hear them in concert and if anyone has any ideas of how to get them back together without the obvious drag and repurcutions of homocide do let me know!!
    sativa plumeon April 23, 2007   Link

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