Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again
Five hundred years like Gelignite
Have blown us all to hell
What savior rests while on his cross we die
While forgotten freedom burns
Has the Shepard led his lambs astray
To the bigot and the gun

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

I watch and stare as Rosin's eyes
Turn a darker shade of red
And the bullet with this sniper lie
In their bloody gutless cell
Must we starve on crumbs from long ago
Through bars these men made steel
Is it a great or little thing we fought
Knelt the conscience blessed to kill

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

Ah, but maybe it's the way you were taught
Or maybe it's the way we fought
But a smile never grins without tears to begin
For each kiss is a cry we all lost
Though there is nothing left to gain
But for the banshee that stole the grave
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

I sit in and dwell on faces past
Like memories seem to fade
No color left but black and white
And soon will all turn grey
But may these shadows rise to walk again
With lessons truly learnt
When the blossom flowers in each our hearts
Shall beat a new found flame

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies, singin' drunken lullabies


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    The song is about how pointless the troubles in ireland were between the catholics and the prodestants and how we are the same people. and if it was an IRA song then i would imagine it's from the side who wants northern ireland to be given back to the rest of the country but not the section of the IRA that kills and terrorises people. It wasn't always a terrorist group, otherwise it wouldn't be talking about a pointless battle

    resist360on October 18, 2011   Link
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    This song is cool. :)

    tracieon May 13, 2002   Link
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    tis...

    save_your_momson May 22, 2002   Link
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    this has gotta be the most upbeat music there is and flogging molly is true celt punk at its best, the song is about we handle our problems and let them get the best of us....cheer up and move on

    ugpunk84on June 02, 2002   Link
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    But a smile never grins without tears to begin For each kiss is a cry we all lost When I first heard this, I loved this lyric the most. Now all that has changes is that I think the whole song is ingeniously written; all flogging molly songs are!

    myownprison333on July 04, 2002   Link
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    i am in luv with flogging molly....they are my alltime favorite band.... ..they iss the bestest!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhh!

    glo151on July 20, 2002   Link
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    I just found out about this group. LOVE!

    McIvoryon August 23, 2002   Link
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    Man this song gets so much play on our radio station up here in Seattle! Its such a great song! Flogging molly rules.

    Thru7being7Coolon August 28, 2002   Link
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    wow, i love flogging molly so much. i only recently got into them, but ive downloaded like every song. the first time i heard this song i was like whoa whats this...and then it got going and i was like yes! this is great! its just an all around great song- really upbeat, always puts me in a good mood. yay for flogging molly!

    megara0427on October 13, 2002   Link
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    dude. best song ever. a little social commentary, lots of guinness soaked fun, great to mosh to.this track has all the frenettic energy of a live show, without the 25$ cover price. seriously, music just doesnt get any better.

    mennacinmonkon October 17, 2002   Link

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