Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The Pogues are a Celtic punk band. Tell me that doesn't intrigue you! My older sister was introduced to their music in college and helpfully passed along an appreciation of the band to me. There's a flavor of immigration in several of their songs, but I'll highlight just two.
First up: Thousands Are Sailing
"Ah, no", says he, "it was not to be
On a coffin ship I came here
And I never even got so far
That they could change my name"
Next, check out Body of an American
This one you may be familiar with, if you're a mega-fan of The Wire. It was a favorite sing-a-long when the cops got drunk. The song's about a wake for an Irish-American boxer who's body has been shipped back to Ireland for burial.
Choice lyric: "I'm a free-born man of the USA"