"Boat Train" as written by and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
I met with Napper Tandy
And I shook him by the hand
He said "Hold me up for Chrissake
For I can hardly stand"
The most disgraceful journey
On which I've ever been
The last time that I travelled on
The Boat Train

I had a couple of drinks in town
A few more at the port
I puked up on the gangway
But some kind folks helped me board
They helped me to a table
Poured whiskey down my throat
They sat me at a table
And I lost my watch and coat

First we drank some whiskey
Then we drank some gin
Then we drank tequila
I think that's what did me in
Then we drank some brandy
And the women had a dance
The steward then announced
That we could play the game of "chance"

We crowded round the table
With our money in our hands
I ended up on the other side
Without a penny in my pants
I woke up in the toilet
When we got to Holyhead
The doors were all a-banging
And I wished that I was dead

We got on board the train
And then we had a drink or two
Started playing poker
But the booze ran out at Crewe
Some people started sleeping
Others looked for duty free
Some bastard started singing
"The little cottage by the Lee"
He then sang "Paper Roses"
"Boolavogue" "Eileen Aru"
Somebody started slagging off
The Pakis and the Jews

First I found some whiskey
Then I found some gin
I sat down in the corner
And I read the Daily News
First I drank the whiskey
Then I drank the gin
I tried to make the toilet
And I broke my fuckin shin
Next thing that I knew
I was in London in the rain
Staggering up the platform
Off the Boat Train


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"Boat Train" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan

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    My OpinionA terrific song!

    Has anyone had the pleasure of being aboard one of the ferries btwn Holyhead and Dublin?

    I'm an American and my only visit to Ireland happened to include a train trip from London to Liverpool, where I disembarked and boarded a 'boat train' from HolyHead to Dublin.

    As a 16 year old punk the boatrain (both ways) were the single most incredible 16-24 hours of my life (and I'm an old man today).

    For instance, I got drunk on the trip across the Irish Sea to Ireland, met a number of adults along the way; including one Irishman who was royally pissed and looking for a fight with anyone who'd challenge him.

    Somehow, on the trip back, myself and my friends happened uponthe same fighter. Turned out he and his brother and their daughters (girls our age) had taken the ferry across to bury the brothers' mum in her home country. That's why he was incensed. On the trip back he didn't fight; instead he was a terrific talker. After he fell asleep I had the pleasure of banging his 15 year old daughter and then when we arrived in Holyhead we boarded the same train back to London.

    This single trip taught me that there's actually a class system in place worldwide. Those of us in the US have been taught that the class system is color based. Bullshit. The class system is economic based and accent based. If you're a black in London and have the correct accent you are in higher regard than an Irish or Brit or Yank or Scot who has little money.

    The racism in the Bankster's world isn't ''''race'''' ; it is soulful. If you are willing to sell your soul for dollars or pounds or Euros then you are accepted (provided your soul is of value to begin with) and if you aren't willing to stick your butt in the air for the banksters you are of the forgotten class - color or religion be damned.

    Shane's 'Boat Train' song isnt' defining my experience; it is defining HIS experience as a passenger on the same ferry. I LOVE this song because it allows me to recall my most defining 24 or so hours and its ALSO a great song that allows Shane to recall a defining trip for himself.

    One of the Pogues greatest.
    KPRyanon November 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives you such a visceral feeling of stumbling along on board a train, through both the music and vocals/words.
    epiwooshon November 15, 2013   Link

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