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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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One bright and sunny mornin' down on avenue be	
as i was returnin' home from a night of debauchery
i met me landlord boris, "yo," says he,
"would ya ever go over to czechoslovakia,
marry me daughter for me?"

he waved a pistol and 5000 dollars in me face
"she better be a virgin, when she hits the states"
i told him i had some business with the pope in rome
so he threw in a ticket to italy on me way back home

would you ever go over to czechoslovakia, marry me daughter forme
she's the finest girl in prague, you'll ever see
her name is citizen gertie, a communist is she
she wants to come to america, be a capitalist like me

when i landed in slovakia, i drank a dozen pints
but when i caught a glimpse of gertie i nearly died of fright
she was 6 feet in her stockings, she viewed me with dismay
"is this the best they can do for me in the dear old usa?"

but despite me splittin' headache, i wooed her like a man
and very soon thereafter we were married in prague
i remembered boris' pistol and me vow of chastity
but when she pinned me to the bed that night, i gave upinstantly..

bright and early next mornin' i went to see the pope in rome
gertie left for america, make new york her home
she landed down on avenue be	 lookin' for a mansion grand
boris was drunk, the building stunk, the city was mad
she'd been had,
this was the height of depravity - not what she'd seen onmtv...

i wasn't farin' much better with the holy father in rome
some turkish wiseguy whacked him and he wasn't even at home
so i landed back in new york oh so sad
stared down the barrel of boris's gun, jeez was he ever mad
he accused me of buggerin' his daughter but to make mattersworse
she'd spent over 20 grand in macys and in saks
she sat there in her underwear, gave me a dirty wink
but when i thought about the credit cards me love began toshrink

so we drove her out to kennedy 14 trunks and all
and we said a prayer for the holy father back in rome
but as her plane rose over rockaway, boris he said to me
"would you ever go over to czechoslovakia and marry me daughterfor me..."

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