"May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake)" as written by and David R King Bridget A Regan....
Said her name was Marie
From the banks of the Lee
With the prettiest eyes my own had ever seen
Her hair like ripples
They danced with the tide
As our hearts washed away to the sea
Was she sent down from the heavens above
Her breath pure as whiskey my heart fell in love
Now the devil is courtin' a different tune
And I laugh as the tears was the rain

Tell me why no one`s listenin'
Is there nothing at all left to say
In a world so unforgiving
You mean more to me each every day
So may the living be dead in our wake

One cold winters night behind the clouds stars did hide
And the ghost of our souls thanking Christ
we`re alive
Our spirits they crackled with lovers first sight
Till the mornin' came fresh with a new
Will you dance with me now heavens child sang
the clown
We`ve nothing left to lose but your wings and
my frown
Where over the hills the valleys will ring
To the sound of our love singin' true

Tell me why no one`s listenin'
Is there nothing at all left to say
In a world so unforgiving
You mean more to me each every day
So may the living be dead in our wake

But the summer sun is melting now
With the leaves I`ll soon be gone
Will you have the strength when the emptiness
shadows fall
Or will your aching heart be ripped apart
By the beating from the storm
Or will howling gales like yesterdays be gone
Yeah be gone... be gone

Was she sent down from the heavens above
Her breath pure as whiskey my heart fell in love
Now the devil is courtin' a different tune
And I laugh as the tears was the rain

Tell me why no one`s listenin'
Is there nothing at all left to say
In a world so unforgiving
You mean more to me each every day
So may the living be dead in our wake


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    General CommentWow I'm kind of surprised no ones commented on this one. Its a great song, probly one of the best off Drunken Lullabies along with What's Left of the Flag, and Rebels of the Sacred Heart. Flogging Molly definately doesn't get the credit they deserve.
    inshadowsgrowinwingson May 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentall the songs are awesome i mean i totally jsut wanna give these guys like a pizza or something thats how good they are jsut really freekan good
    Swizterlandon July 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentnot pizza...beer

    or better yet...pizza AND beer!!
    GPAllenon January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes inshadows, I too am surprised that no one has commented on this one. This is one of my favourite FM songs. King's quite the poet, not just any poet but a romantic one. This song clearly shows that along with Whistles the Wind on Within a Mile of Home.
    MrPryMinistaon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's lyrically a good song, but the music is extremely repetitive in this song.I still really like it, it's in the upper half of Drunken Lullabies.
    JakeLandison May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI looooove the pennywhistle.
    jlchrison May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjlchris, It's a TIN whistle. Right, anyhow...This is one hell of a love song. He's telling someone he love's that no matter how fucked up the world is, they'll make it through together.
    one_irish_roveron June 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song it's one of my favorites i love the lines
    "tell me why no one's listening
    is there nothing at all left to say"
    its so beautiful my boyfriend actually got me into flogging molly and i love them and right now this is one of my favorite songs woo hoo
    sanaawarholon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song... by any band. I absolutely love these lyrics :

    "Will ya dance with me now, heaven's child" sang
    the clown,
    "We've nothing to lose but your wings and
    my frown"

    It is just so cool. It always seemed to me like he's saying "Will you dance with me, heaven's child? The worst thing that can happen is you'll become mortal and I'll stop being unhappy."

    The entire song is absolutely beautiful, but those two lines are my favorite. =)
    Wyo_Danielon April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWas she sent down from the heavens above
    Her breath pure as whiskey my heart fell in love... I love this lyric... i love this song... i love flogging molly. i wish they'd come back to Halifax
    Makonu2on August 02, 2008   Link

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