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Black 47 are a New York City based celtic rock band with Irish Republican sympathies, whose music also shows influence from reggae, hip hop, folk and jazz. The band was formed in 1989 by Larry Kirwan and Chris Byrne, and derives its name from a traditional term for the summer of 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine. more »


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Open up the door, she's standin' there 
With the smile in her eyes but the grey in her hair 
Betrays the fact you strayed far from home
With your drinkin', your smokin', your whorin' around 
Sit down by the fire, put your feet on the grate 
Spend the night reminiscin' 'til the hour grows late 
Always remember at the end of the day...
You can always go home... You just can't stay.

Then it's off to the pub for to see your old mates 
Ah, they all look older, but nothin' has changed 
And you drink 'til you're nearly out of your head 
"Hey, what are ya's all doin' snakin' off to bed?" 
Then you're outside her flat but she's no longer there 
And the tears scald your eyes as you think of her hair 
In the photo they sent you of her wedding day 
You can always go home... You just can't stay. 

Then you see her at mass with the kids at her side 
And it all comes back in the blink of an eye 
The tears and the laughter, the love and the lies 
And that dress she wore the night you said goodbye 
Then her husband says "it's good to have you back" 
And she smiles for a moment and squeezes your hand 
But you know what she's thinkin', she doesn't have to say 
You can always go home... You just can't stay. 

And you swear to yourself time and time again 
It was all in the past, she don't mean anything 
Now your life is full of laughter and bars 
What did you leave behind, just the sun... The moon... And the stars. 
Then it's up in the mornin' at the crack of dawn 
With your stomach churnin', she says "C'mon now Sean, 
You'll be late for the plane," but that crack in her voice 
Betrays the fact that you made your choice 
A long time ago, now there's no turnin' back 
'Cause last night you had your American wake 
And the bells are still ringin', can't you hear what they say 
You can always go home... You just can't stay.

Say goodbye 
Say goodybe
Say goodbye, in the wind and the pourin' rain...
One last drink
One last drink
One last drink at Shannon airport, then you're outta here, 
History around here, catch you again next year...
Landin' at Kennedy
Landin'at Kennedy
Landin'at Kennedy, all you feel is the pain, 
But it's too late, 'cause last night you had, you had, you had your 
American wake

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