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The Pogues are a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band reformed in 2001, and has been playing regularly ever since, most notably on the US East Coast around St Patrick's Day and across the UK and Ireland every December. The group has yet to record any new music and, according to Spider Stacy on Pogues.com, has no inclination to do so. more »


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It was 1962 
I was two years out of school 
When I got on board a boat 
That was bound for Liverpool 
The day I went away 
I remember it so well 
Said goodbye to the North Wall 
And bid a fond farewell 

When I got down to the smoke 
It was 1963 
I got a job doing meals on wheels 
Round NW3 
I was terrorising grannies
For ten lousy bob a week
I was smashed and blacked
And drunk and yawning in NW3 

In the filth and piss they lived in 
They would sometimes hum an air 
Or talk in tongues of madness 
Keeping time upon a chair 
And for their wrists a numbered tab 
In Westminster morgue 
On a cold hard slab 
When I was still a young man 
In NW3 

Now I'm spent of love and rage
And I'm going home again
Never did nobody wrong
Never earned a decent wage
So thanks for sweet f*ck all
Once more look at the North Wall
Say goodbye to all of that
And bid a fond farewell

At the top of the Pentonville Road 
I watched the sun setting 
The town spread out before me 
Looked beautiful to me 
Away from all the sighing
The suffering and the dying
I dreamed of the future 
Of the young and the free 

But the years they went by quickly 
Now I swear I won't return here 
Where each day just bring me closer 
To the final misery 
My kids will never scrape shit round here 
I won't die crying in a pint of beer 
Or eat their stinking meals on wheels 
In NW3.

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