"Boys From The County Hell" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
On the first day of March, it was raining
It was raining worse than anything that I have ever seen
I drank ten pints of beer and I cursed all the people there
And I wish that all this raining would stop falling down on me

And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

At the time, I was working for a landlord
And he was the meanest bastard that you have ever seen
And to lose a single penny would grieve him awful sore
And he was a miserable bollocks and a bitch's bastard's whore

And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

I recall we took care of him one Sunday
We got him out the back and we broke his fucking balls
And maybe that was dreaming and maybe that was real
But all I know is I left that place without a penny or fuck all

And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

But now I've the most charming of verandahs
I sit and watch the junkies, the drunks, the pimps, the whores
Five green bottles sitting on the floor
I wish to Christ, I wish to Christ that I had fifteen more

And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink
And mother wake me early in the morning

The boys and me are drunk and looking for you
We'll eat your frigging entrails and we won't give a damn
Me daddy was a blue shirt and my mother a madam
My brother earned his medals at Mai Lei in Vietnam

And it's lend me ten pounds and I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

On the first day of March, it was raining
It was raining worse than anything that I have ever seen
Stay on the other side of the road 'cause you can never tell
We've a thirst like a gang of devils, we're the boys of the County Hell

And it's lend me ten pounds and I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning

And it's lend me ten pounds and I'll buy you a drink
And mother, wake me early in the morning


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"Boys from the County Hell" as written by Shane Macgowan

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    General Commentgreat fucking song, lovely typical pogues lyrics
    x-ray caton May 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits a very atmospheric song with an irish american feel due to the western sound and makes me think of somone being young and stuck in the slums of dublin trying to expereince escape through alcohol and violence
    boggleson February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentinteresting refrence to Mei Lei in the 5th verse.. if anyone knows about what happened at Mei Lei during the vietnam war...
    the origional lyric was "my brother earned his medals raping gooks in vietnam"
    changed for obvious reasons
    attila_carnakion September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe "Blueshirts" were Irish Fascists in the World War Two era.
    fairportfanon September 14, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Lend me ten pounds and i'll buy you a drink" is a favourite greeting of Shane McGowan's
    Massapequaon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line "bitch's bastard's whore" is just so perfect.

    I'm pretty sure the meaning of this song is something along the lines of..."Don't fuck with me, don't fuck with my friends, don't fuck with my family, 'cause we'll mess you up."
    Katyaon April 12, 2008   Link

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