"Billy's Bones" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
Billy ran around with the rare old crew
And he knew an arsenal from Tottenham blue
We'd be a darn sight better of if we knew
Where Billy's bones are resting now
Billy saw a copper and he hit him in the knee
And he took him down from six foot to five foot three
Then he hit him fair and square in the do-re-mi
That copper won't be having any family

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don't you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy's bones resting now

Billy went away with the peace-keeping force
Cause he liked a bloody good fight of course
Went away in an old khaki van to the banks of the river Jordan
Billy saw the Arabs and he had 'em on the run
When he got 'em in the range of his sub-machine gun
Then he had the Israelis in his sights, went a ra-ta-ta
And they ran like Shiites

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don't you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy's bones resting now

One night Billy had a rare old time,
Laughing and singing on the Lebanon line
Came back to camp not looking too pretty
Never even got to see the holy city
Now Billy's out there in the desert sun
And his mother cries when the morning comes
And there's mothers crying all over this world
For their poor dead darling boys and girls

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don't you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy's bones resting now

Have a Billy holiday
Born on a Monday
Married on a Tuesday
Drunk on a Wednesday
Got plugged on a Thursday
Sick on a Friday
Died on a Saturday
Buried on a Sunday


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"Billy's Bones" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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    General Commentaw no one else likes this song? eh, i love it. anyway, its pretty explanatory. about goin to war. anyway, i just love this song. dkm did a pretty good cover of it too
    wackydeli3on January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song and band! This is my favorite from them. I really need the DKM cover, cause they rock, too.
    one_irish_roveron January 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just can't get enough of how he sings the line, 'For their poor dead darling boys and girls.' Don't worry, guys, there are more Billy's Bones fans out there than you would suspect!
    NellieWhiskeyon June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the line about Billy going away with a peace keeping force cause he loves a bloody good fight of course- i'm a big fan of the pogues
    xXRIOXxon May 10, 2010   Link

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