Friday, December 16, 2005

A Pair of A Pair of Brown Eyes

Shane MacGowan is an ugly man. I can barely stand to look at pictures of him. And some might say his voice is an aquired taste. But the songs he writes are gorgeous, and I could listen to him sing them for hours. In fact, on a thousand-mile cross-country trip in 1989, I listened to nothing but Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, a perfect album which contains one of my favorite songs by anyone. Here it is, along with an equally lovely cover by Peter Case.


At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats great, but what does this song mean

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure it is about a young guy coming back from the Falklands war haunted by all his badly injured comrades. Maybe the brown eyes where his best friends or even brother that never made it back.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No man,it is not the falklands war.
It is about the Galapoli landings in 1915.
A verry bloody battle at the Dardanellen peninsula,Turkey.
It was between The british comonwelth and the Turks.
Verry bloody,much worse than the falklands,many death,terrible,damn

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's probably more about the British defeat in Europe at the start of WW2 rather than Gallipoli. Another song on the same Pogues album, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, dealt with that conflict. "Death neath the screaming skies" seems to imply aerial bombing, like the Blitzkrieg and Luftwaffe.

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous BJ said...

'neath screaming skies" is explained by the sound of incoming Turkish artillery at Gallipolli.
I get the impression that the vetran who is the third party is trying to tell Shane about his experience on the beaches.....and having to collect the bits of his mates later,.....but he is unable to find the eyes (and perhaps part of the skull) that landed in the mud next to him....hence labling of parts....but they were not all there........


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