The Pogues – A pair of brown eyes (testo)


“One summer evening drunk to hell
I stood there nearly lifeless
an old man in the corner sang
where the water lilies grow

And on the jukebox Johnny sang
about a thing called love
and it’s how are you kid and what’s your name
and how would you bloody know?

In blood and death neath a screaming sky
I lay down on the ground
and the arms and legs of other men
were scattered all around

Some cursed, some prayed
some prayed then cursed
then prayed and bled some more
and the only thing that I could see
was a pair of brown eyes that was looking at me

But when we got back
labeled parts one to three
there was no pair of brown eyes
waiting for me

And a rovin’ a rovin’ a rovin’ I’ll go
for a pair of brown eyes

I looked at him he looked at me
all I could do was hate him
while Ray and Philomena sang
of my elusive dream

I saw the streams, the rolling hills
where his brown eyes were waiting
and I thought about a pair of brown eyes
that waited once for me

So drunk to hell I left the place
sometimes crawling sometimes walking
a hungry sound came across the breeze
so I gave the walls a talking

And I heard the sounds of long ago
from the old canal
and the birds were whistling in the trees
where the wind was gently laughing

And a rovin’ a rovin’ a rovin’ I’ll go
for a pair of brown eyes”.


The Pogues, A pair of brown eyes – 3:54
(Shane MacGowan)
Album: Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
Singolo: “A pair of brown eyes” (1985)

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Significato e citazioni.

A Pair of Brown Eyes is a single by The Pogues, released on 18 March 1985. The single was their first to make the UK Top 100, peaking at Number 72. It featured on the band’s second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, and was composed by Pogues front man Shane MacGowan, on the melody of “Wild Mountain Thyme“, also known as “Will Ye Go Lassie Go,” a song by Francis McPeake in a traditional Irish folk style. The song references the Johnny Cash version of the song A Thing Called Love: “And on the jukebox Johnny sang / About a thing called love”.
The music video for “A Pair of Brown Eyes” was directed in 1985 by Alex Cox and was set in a Nineteen Eighty-Four-esque Britain with Margaret Thatcher in the place of Big Brother as a supreme, god-like authoritarian figure. The video featured roles played by band members as well as a cameo by the record’s producer Elvis Costello. The song was ranked number 9 among the “Tracks of the Year” for 1985 by NME”.

(Wikipedia, voce A Pair of Brown Eyes)


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