"Kitty" Traditional, Arranged by The Pogues...
Oh Kitty, My Darling, remember
That the doom will be mine if I stay
'Tis far better to part, though it's hard to
Than to rot in their prison away
'Tis far better to part, though it's hard to
Than to rot in their prison away

So softly he kissed her pale lips
'Twas the same story over an o'er
Hush mavourneen, the police are watching
And you know that I must go ashore
Hush mavourneen, the police are watching
And you know that I must go ashore

In a day now I'll be over the mountain
There'll be time enough left for to cry
So good night and God guard you forever
And write to me once you get by
So good night and God guard you forever
And write to me once you get by


Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by PogueMahoney

"Kitty" as written by Nicholas Barry Chinn Michael Donald Chapman

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    General CommentThe correct lyrics in the second verse are "And you know that I must go, a stor"

    I used to think it was "ashore" too, and it annoyed the hell out of me. He's escaping the country so he doesn't get nicked, and he's telling his sweetheart that he has to go . . . ashore? No. He's leaving her behind, presumably on the shore. If you listen more closely, MacGowan sings what sounds like "ash-tore" and is in fact "a stor", an Irish term of endearment somewhat similar to "mavourneen". "Mavourneen" is the rough equivalent to "my dear", while "a stor" is the rough equivalent to "beloved" or, more accurately, "my treasure."

    NellieWhiskeyon June 30, 2010   Link

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