"If I Should Fall From Grace With God" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
If I should fall from grace with god
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

This land was always ours
Was the proud land of our fathers
It belongs to us and them
Not to any of the others

Let them go, boys
Let them go, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

Bury me at sea
Where no murdered ghost can haunt me
If I rock upon the waves
Then no corpse can lie upon me

It's coming up threes, boys
Keeps coming up threes, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

If I should fall from grace with god
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry


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"If I Should Fall from Grace with God" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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    Song MeaningSorry to my Irish cousins but America doesn't teach proper history. Let me try:

    If I should fall from grace with God
    Where no doctor can relieve me
    If I'm buried 'neath the sod
    But the angels won't receive me

    (this is saying that if Ireland is coerced away from the Catholic Church, the heavens won't receive them - it has to do with the Protestant Reformation and England's penal laws - when England committed genocide on the Irish in the 1640s. Of 1.6M, the English killed 600K Irish and sent another 300K abroad as slaves - mostly to America - SURPRISE and hello! YES. There were WHITE salves in America. By 1650 there were more Irish Catholic Slaves in America than there were English colonist. Still are too!)

    Let me go down in the mud
    Where the rivers all run dry
    (if we fall from grace, then there's no salvation - we simply die and the rivers run dry aka the after life is void)

    This land was always ours
    Was the proud land of our fathers
    It belongs to us and them
    Not to any of the others

    (refers to the English invasion & colonization of "NORTHERN IRELAND." You know - occupation. The English forced Scottish salves - after committing the same genocide there and taking over its country - into NORTHERN IRELAND. The land of OUR fathers belongs to us, by way of our fathers and belongs to no other. Like Scott-Irish who are still beholden to the UK - unlike the rest of Ireland)

    Bury me at sea
    Where no murdered ghost can haunt me

    (the murdered ghosts are Ireland's forefathers, who haunt the land taken from them b/c of their faith - Roman Catholic vs Protestants. BTW Ireland. We are the 2nd largest nationality in America with the largest denomination - but we miss OUR LAND too)

    If I rock upon the waves
    Then no corpse can lie upon me
    (so many Irish were killed by the English that people were buried upon one another)

    Bury me at sea, Where no murdered ghost can haunt me (the Wild Geese aka the Irish sent abroad as slaves. So many Irish were killed on slave ships that bodies littered the ocean & were likened to bread crumbs leading the way to County Cork from the port of NYC - and later Boston)

    In closing - the Irish in America made up 1/3rd of the Union Army. My ancestors fought under Col Corcoran & General William T Sherman. We fought ("Fighting Irish" - see Fr Corby. Notre Dame) & earned our right to FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE. Whats troubling to me, is now some IRISH want to go back to DEPENDING on Govt (RULERS)

    NO NAY NEVER. NO NAY NEVER NO MORE!
    Paddy1640on May 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentbrillant song.
    yumurton May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne comment per year, it seems.
    cultclassicThumbsUpon September 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song by them.
    qpalzm2on February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing song...even better live...kind of says it all for me right now...falling from grace with god where no doc or anyone can save me...as the song says...."let me go boys, let me go boys, let me go down in the mud where the rivers all run dry....."

    shane is the best writer of his time...drunken genious
    jcaimbeulon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think a lot of people dismiss Shane as a serious talent because of his drunken reputation, and it's a real shame that journalists always seem more interested in his teeth than the history of his music or style of songwriting.
    NellieWhiskeyon June 29, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThis is my first post on this site. Just wanted to say this is my favorite Pogues song and I think it's about as good as a song can get. Shane is one of the most underrated songwriters.
    Bender is greaton November 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Bury me at sea where no murdered ghost can haunt me..." Brrrrrr, goosebumps, he paints such vivid pictures with his words
    xXRIOXxon May 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think the song has to do with the non-Celtic coming into the UK and setting up shop, there more meaning here
    InteruptingCOWon November 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThank you for the explanation I heard the song recently and really like. The explanation makes it that more enjoyable. But.... what does the line "Coming up Threes" refer to? Is this the old Irish belief that deaths come in threes?
    taqmhv5on August 14, 2011   Link

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