"Sunny Side of the Street" as written by Jeremy Max Finer and Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan....
Seen the carnival at Rome
Had the women, I had the booze
All that I can remember now
Is little kids without no shoes

So, I saw that train and I got on it
With a heartful of hate and a lust for vomit
Now I'm walking on the sunnyside of the street

Stepped over bodies in Bombay
Tried to make it to the U.S.A.
Ended up in Nepal
Up on the roof with nothing at all
And I knew that day
I was going to stay right where I am
On the sunnyside of the street

Been in a palace, been in a jail
I just don't want to be reborn a snail
Just want to spend eternity right where I am
On the sunnyside of the street

As my mother wept it was then I swore
To take my life as I would a whore
I know I'm better than before
I will not be reconstructed

Just want to stay right here
The sunnyside of the street
The sunnyside of the street
The sunnyside of the street
The sunnyside of the street

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death

"The Sunnyside of the Street" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan Jeremy Max Finer

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    General CommentGreat song!!
    EarthHavocon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a disappointing song about someone wanting to play it safe and not rock the boat so that they can go on with their comfortable life and not "get reborn a snail."
    epiwooshon December 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentFair enough, but it's Shane's song, and a matter of record that he certainly didn't play it safe by any ordinary standard after the Hell's Ditch album it opened. Whether his music suffered as the result of his long term debauchery is another question, but there's no question that the debauchery continued. Perhaps alcohol and drug abuse is playing it safe for him, but usually not the rest of us.
    nathan1149on May 09, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. The lyrics remind me of the book The Stranger by philosopher/author Albert Camus. The title character has no real wants and accepts everything in his life as it happens. "It is true because it happened." Ironically, a line in the new Sheryl Crow song Soak Up the Sun has the same theme: "It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got." Punk band Face to Face also does a great version of this song.
    superman9kon May 30, 2002   Link

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