Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
He moved a million hearts in mono
Out mothers moved sing along, who would blame them
Now you're grown (so grown up)
So grown (so grown up) now I must say more than ever
Toora loora torra loo rye aye
And we can sing just like our fathers

Come on Eileen, oh I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
With you in that dress, oh my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah come on Eileen

These people 'round here
With their beat down eyes sunk in smoke dried faces
They're resigned to what their fate is
But not us, (no never) no not us (no never)
We are far to young and clever
Come on Eileen
Toora loora toora loo rye aye
I've been on this toon forever

Come on Eileen well I swear (what he means)
Ah come on lets take off everything
That pretty red dress, oh Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on lets, ah come on Eileen

Come on Eileen toora ta loo rye aye
Come on Eleen toora ta loo rye aye
Torra torra ta loo rye
Oh Eileen
I said come on Eileen
Oh come on Eileen
We are far to young and clever, and things wont ever change
I said
Toora loora toora loo rye aye

Sung in backround
Come on Eileen toora ta loo rye aye
Come on Eleen toora ta loo rye aye
Torra torra ta loo rye

Come on Eileen oh I swear (what he means)
At this moment you mean everything to me
Oh to me, oh Eileen
You mean everything


Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by MinuteWalt, cm035, jamescobalt

"Come on Eileen" as written by James Paterson, Kevin Rowland, Kevin Adams

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +5
    General CommentI've always known this song was about him trying to "get his leg over" his childhood friend who he has suddenly realised is a grown woman now. Teenage angst and all that crap.

    Cheery song anyway.
    blueladyon September 14, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentHe's pressuring the girl to have sex with him and feed his desires.
    TasteTheWakeon August 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis kind of makes me want to put on over-alls and dance around in the street, know what I mean?
    Torontokid87on July 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually the lead singer of Dexy's Midnight runners said it is about his child hood friend "eileen". Then things got sexual and they weren't friends anymore
    Emericanskateron September 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentToura loura loural is an irish lullaby. Seeing as the group is british, it is possible that the "we can sing just like our fathers" is a reference to the singer's father singing this lullaby to him when he was a child.
    foldsfan5on December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of growing up, and feeling that you are invincible in your youth....yeah.
    TusseyTheTerribleon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWonderful song about how we should cherish youth.
    GfUNK15on May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is by far the defining song of my youth. Possibly the best song ever.
    nietzsche_66on May 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's happy, it makes me wanna dance... love it love it!! a good mood kind of song!!
    princesssarahon June 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a pair of young people that don't realise that they are about to fall into exactly the same trap that their parents fell into - getting pregnant young. They think they are young and clever, but they are no younger and cleverer than all those resigned, beaten down adults were when they too were young.

    Pretty soon it will be "I'm pregnant, Dexie. What are we going to do?" A hasty marriage, Eileen will lose her shape and sparkle, and he will be working 'down mill for tuppence a month for the rest of his life, just like his sad old dad.

    (Compare to my comments on Bohemian Like You - another song that uses a similar irony).
    Paul364486on March 28, 2008   Link

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