Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
He moved a million hearts in mono
Our mothers cried and sang along
And who'd blame them?
Now you're grown, so grown
Now I must say more than ever

Go, 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
With you in that dress
My thoughts, I confess, verge on dirty
Ah, come on, Eileen

These people around here wear beaten-down eyes
Sunk in smoke-dried faces
They're 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
That pretty red dress
Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah, come on, let's, ah, come on, Eileen, please

(bridge)

That pretty red dress
Eileen (tell him yes)
Aah, come on let's
Aah, come on Eileen

Come on Eileen, too-rye-aye
Come on Eileen, too-rye-aye
Now you're full grown
Now you have shown
Oh, Eileen

Say, come on Eileen
These things they are real and I know
How you feel
Now I must say more than ever
Things round here have changed
I say, too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye-aye

Come on Eileen
Oh, I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Which are dirty
Aah, come on Eileen

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

Come on Eileen...


Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by MinuteWalt, cm035


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  • +6
    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
  • +4
    General CommentHe's pressuring the girl to have sex with him and feed his desires.
    TasteTheWakeon August 09, 2012   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 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
  • +1
    General CommentNot to ruin everybody's fond memories of this song, but I recently heard that this song is about, ahem, a man finishing, shall we say. Hence, you could say what he has done is "Come" On "Eileen" (well, we all know why he'd pick the name Eileen, now don't we?) . Pretty funny, especially considering everyone seems to think this is about sweet innocent childhood. At that moment of completion, she certainly does mean everything, as the song would suggest.

    The part where they sing like their fathers did and their mothers cried suggests that he lost his virginity to "Eileen". He'd been waiting all this time to do it to finally be a man, like his dad, but his mother wouild cry that her boy is grown up.

    Kinda freaky to think about really, considering what most people think this song is about.
    Wats-upon August 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    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

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