I want to believe in myself once again
So I dream of a man whose hopes never end
To kiss with a girl who's as lovely as you
I'd give you my heart, if you gave me the truth

And for every tear that is lost from an eye
I'd dig me a well where no man could destroy
I want to believe in a freedom that's bold
But all I remember is the freedom of old

Well I lost me a wife, so I found me a plane
Flew all the way to California
This mess in my head is a mess getting out
Ya drink too much coffee, I drink too much stout

But after a while, when my mouth's not so dry
I'll dance up a storm, sure life's looking fine
But as darkness falls, I return to my bed
Don't ask me more questions, don't fuck with my head

I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
Like thousands of people,
left standing in their shoe
I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
As thousands they grieve,
as the Black Friday rule

The buildings they shake but my heart it beats still
Oh mother of Jesus, I feel pretty ill
I want to go home where my feet both feel safe
But there ain't no jobs in the old free state

So I must remain in my new adopted land
I'm doing the best, Hell I'm doin' all I can
So next time you see me, don't ask for my name
For I am the King and sure long may I reign

I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
Like thousands of people,
left standing in their shoe
I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
As thousands they grieve, as the Black Friday rule

I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
Like thousands of people,
left standing in their shoe
I've been down in this world,
down and almost broken
As thousands they grieve, as the Black Friday rule



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"Black Friday Rule" as written by George Schwindt Ted Hutt

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    Song Meaning:I've seen a few mentions of the validity of the lines about losing a wife, and everybody seems to be confused, so here's what I know of the story:

    The wife Dave is talking about is Laura King, his first wife, and the subject of their earlier song "Laura". Dave left Good Old Ireland and moved to New York when he was in his late. While in New York, Dave met, fell in love with, and married Laura. After several years of marriage, Laura died. (Dave has never really divulged much info about this period, including any specifics of her death.) Dave tried to go back to Ireland, so that his family and his old friends could help him through this time of freat pain, as all of his new friends and the city of New York itself were just a constant reminder of everything he had lost with Laura's death.
    Dave attempted to return to Ireland, fully intending to leave the U.S. entirely and live in Ireland fulltime. However, his visa was denied, due to the volatile, near-anarchic political situation in Ireland at the time, which Dave refers to as "the Black Friday Rule", comparing the political situation of the time to the chaotic conditions following the Black Friday Bombings of Dublin in 1974.
    Denied return to his homeland, Dave turned to drink, and finally fled New York, travelling to Los Angeles. It wasn't really until the early 90s, when Dave met Bridget and the guys and started playing at Molly Malone's that Dave really pulled his life out of the slump he had been in since Laura's death.

    I actually think of this song as Dave's narration of his life to Bridget shortly after they began dating.
    JehanSunderlandon April 08, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:Kick ass song!
    myownprison333on April 19, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:yes indeed it is
    save_your_momson April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song is great. No way can this song be beaten. Nothing else to say.
    DolesPsychoon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:The guitar solo and the jig in this song are awesome. completely awesome! Damn, irish music rules!
    myownprison333on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:My boufriend told me to d/l this song And i'm glad he did. it rocks!
    MyWorldIsSublimeon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song rocks! Flogging Molly is genious! Irish music is good. Punk music is good. Irish punk music is kick ass!!
    o0Sid0oon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:You all can just look at my name and see why Flogging Molly is one of my favorite bands. They're so bloody great, I'm glad we're finally getting some good Irish music to become more mainstream.
    The Irish Guyon August 25, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Thank God for the bloody Irish. If it weren't for them, then bar-fights would not excist. And niether would Flogging Molly for that matter. God, I wish I was Irish....
    DragonKnight411on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:i am irish. *celebrates* heh..

    I just saw flogging molly last nite for the 2nd time.. and they were incredible. When this song played, everyone just went crazy. Everyone was singing and dancing and doing some jigs. Such an awesome show.. they were even better than when i last saw em.

    They did an awesome job on getting the crowd hyped up when they played selfish man also. Which was their first so.. So everyone was pretty much super excited anywhos
    HopesUnknownon September 13, 2002   Link

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