Poor old Johnny Ray sounded sad upon the radio
He moved a million hearts in mono
Our mothers cried,
And sang along who'd blame them?

You've grown, so grown
Now I must say more than ever
(Come on Eileen) Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye Aye
And we can sing just like our fathers

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

These people round here, wear beaten down eyes
Sunk in smoke dried faces, so resigned to what their fate is
But not us, no not us, we are far too young and clever
(Remember) Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye-Aye
Eileen I'll hum this tune forever

Come on Eileen, I swear, well he means
Ah come on let's, take off everything
Pretty red dress Eileen (Tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah come on Eileen
Pretty red dress Eileen (Tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah come on Eileen, please

Come on, Eileen taloo-rye-aye
Come on, Eileen taloo-rye-aye
(Now you have grown, now you have shown, oh, Eileen)
Said Come on, Eileen taloo-rye-aye (repeat in background)
You've grown

So grown (Show, how you feel)
Now I must say more than ever
Things 'round here have changed
I said too-ra-loo-ra-too-ra-loo-rye-aye

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

Come on Eileen, I swear (well he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Well, they're dirty
Come on Eileen


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

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  • +7
    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
  • +4
    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 CommentThis song reminds me of growing up, and feeling that you are invincible in your youth....yeah.
    TusseyTheTerribleon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's happy, it makes me wanna dance... love it love it!! a good mood kind of song!!
    princesssarahon June 30, 2002   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 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 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 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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