"The Dirty Glass" as written by and Kelly Lynch....
Murphy, Murphy darling dear, I long for you now night and day
Your pain was my pleasure your sorrow my joy I fear now I've lost you to health and good cheer

Darcy when I met you I was 5 years too young, a boy beyond his age or so I'd tell someone
Anyone who'd listen and a few who couldn't care still I welcomed you with open arms my love I did share

Darcy, Darcy darlin' dear you me left dying, crying there in whiskey,
Gin and pints of beer I fell for you my darling dear

You shut me off then you showed me the door
But you always came crawlin' back beggin' me for more
I showed you kindness a stool and a tab
Then you poured me my pain in a dirty glass
Yeah you left him bloody battered penniless and poor
You know I often stopped to wonder how he made through my door
With my brothers new non-duplicate registry I.D.
Well you bit off more than you could chew the first day you met me

Darcy Darcy darlin' dear, you left me dying, crying there in whiskey
Gin and pints of beer, I fell for you my darling dear

You weren't the first to court me mister you won't be the last
Oh I'm sure I wasn't honey, I know all about your past
Listen to the big shot with his pager on call you spent most of those nights in my bathroom stall
Yeah, you got him high but you left him low
Mind your own business boy how was I to know that he was just a fiend and a no good cheat
Well that's all in the past bitch cause now I got it beat

Darcy Darcy darlin' dear, you left me dying, crying there in whiskey
Gin and pints of beer, I fell for you my darling dear

Darcy Darcy darlin' dear, you left me dying, crying there in whiskey
Gin and pints of beer, I fell for you my darling dear

Darcy Darcy darlin' dear, you left me dying, crying there in whiskey
Gin and pints of beer, I fell for you my darling dear

Darcy Darcy darlin' dear, you left me dying, crying there in whiskey
Gin and pints of beer, I fell for you my darling dear

My dear, my dear
Darcy Darcy darlin' dear,


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"The Dirty Glass" as written by Casey Barr

Lyrics © MEMORY LANE MUSIC GROUP

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  • +4
    General CommentI like to look at this song as a metaphor to Murphy’s “relationship” with the bar scene.

    The bar, Darcy, is being referred to as a luring and manipulative love from the past.

    Bars profit off patrons drinking away their sorrows.
    "Your pain was my pleasure, your sorrow my joy"

    Murphy gets into the bar scene too young
    “when I met you I was five years too young”

    Resulting in a dependence on alcohol
    “fell for you my darling dear. You shut me off and you showed me the door
    But you always came crawling back begging me for more”

    The bar/Darcy exploits his dependency for profit
    I showed you kindness, a stool, and a TAB

    And doesn’t give a shit.
    Then you poured me MY PAIN in a DIRTY GLASS”

    Murphy’s over indulgence with booze progresses into drugs.
    ”You bit off more than you could chew the first day you met me.”
    “Pager on call…You spent most of those nights in my bathroom stall”

    The bar/Darcy clears their conscience by denying responsibility.
    “How was I to know? That he was just a fiend and a no-good cheat.”

    Murphy comes to his senses after realizing Darcy’s intent
    “You weren't the first to court me mister you won't be the last
    Oh, I'm sure I wasn't honey, I know all about your past!”

    And recovers.
    “It’s all in the past bitch 'cause now I've got it beat.”

    The song begins with Darcy’s regret of losing his business and wants him back.
    “Murphy, Murphy, darling dear I long for you now night and day.…I feel now I've lost you to health and good cheer”

    The end is Murphy mocking Darcy’s insincerity.
    "My dear, my dear
    Darcy, Darcy my darling dear.”
    a Blasphemous Girlon May 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome, it is one of my favorite DKM songs, and I love the chemistry between them and Kay. The chorus is so catchy, and everyone does a great job singing throughout the whole song.
    Madcappunkon September 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho's this "Kay" you '02 posters speak of? Meh... 3 years too late. I feel foolish... heehee.

    The woman's name is Stephanie Dougherty; it says so in the Blackout album's insert.

    Yeah, great song.
    MisterChainsawon February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite song right now...bold is Kay, regular is DKM, italics is the chorus...
    spunkykittenon April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell yea...what better than having The lead singer in Letters To Cleo and The awesome Dropkick Murphys 2gether singing a song? Its great!!!
    goalgirl997on July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a good song but it is way to "fairy tale of new york" its almost the same song actually, its good, but it was done by the mighty macgowan first
    home_in_darknesson June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe only real similarity between this song and Fairytale is they are both duets featuring a female vocalist.
    MadWorldon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand the same basic story...

    they fall in love and end up hating each other...
    Josiahon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never saw this as a simple story about the guy (Murphy) falling for the barmaid (Darcy). The barmaid symbolizes alcohol. Murphy starts drinking at a young age and he develops a problem with it. Drinking gets the best of him for a long time but he finally gets a grip on it and gets his problem under control.
    bruins72on November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesomely awesome song :o)
    NoClueMcHughon November 05, 2004   Link

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