Tuesday, 1 April 2008

A Rainy Night In Soho

"I've been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I've cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways
We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms
I sang you all my sorrows
You told me all your joys
Whatever happened to that old song
To all those little girls and boys

Sometimes I wake up in the morning
The gingerlady by my bed
Covered in a cloak of silence
I hear you talking in my head
I'm not singing for the future
I'm not dreaming of the past
I'm not talking of the first time
I never think about the last

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still there's a light I hold before me
You're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams"

Quite possibly the greatest most beautiful lyric of all time; and my favourite song by The Pogues. Shane MacGowan is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard beyond any doubt. There are tales to be told with this as the soundtrack. But I doubt any story I related would be a match for Shane's poetry.

The Pogues - A Rainy Night In Soho


Simon said...

dickvandyke asked and so ye shall receive. :)

dickvandyke said...

Bless your white cotton socks - with coloured rings and threadbare heels. Thou shalt go to my heaven.

No April fools 'round here young Simon.

I can't imagine that there may be a greater song than this. (Clutching a half consumed ginger lady or no).

The measure of my particular dreams certainly.

A thousand thanks.

Simon said...

Thanks! :)

Roman Empress said...

Lovely, he is maybe my favourite lyricist too. What a shame he doesn't have a Dublin accent when he speaks. Would be the perrr-fect package otherwise.

Anonymous said...

It's such a beautiful wonderful warm perfect song, just everything about it, the warmth of the music and the glorious lyrics. Beautiful. 'I took shelter from a shower and I stepped into your arms'. Please.

ally. said...


Davy H said...

Cried into my beer when they did this at Brixton at Christmas.