The Pogues Albums

The Pogues - Hell's Ditch

DETAILS:

Remastered with extra tracks - released in 2004
Original Release: 1990 - WEA Records (Pogue Mahone / 9031-72554/2), USA: Island Records (422-846-999-2)
LP, cassette, CD

TRACK LIST

01 |
 The Sunnyside Of The Street
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02 |
 Sayonara
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03 |
 The Ghost Of A Smile
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04 |
 Hell's Ditch
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05 |
 Lorca's Novena
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06 |
 Summer In Siam
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07 |
 Rain Street
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08 |
 Rainbow Man
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09 |
 The Wake Of The Medusa
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10 |
 House Of The Gods
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11 |
 Five Green Queens And Jean
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12 |
 Maidrin Rua
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13 |
 Six To Go
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14 |
 Whiskey in the Jar
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15 |
 Bastard Landlord
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16 |
 Infinity
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17 |
 Curse Of Love
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18 |
 Squid Out Of Water
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19 |
 Jack's Heroes
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20 |
 A Rainy Night In Soho
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Lyrics

Seen the carnival at Rome
Had the women I had the booze
All I can remember now
Is little kids without no shoes
So I saw that train
And I got on it
With a heartful of hate
And a lust for vomit
Now I'm walking on the sunnyside of the street

Stepped over bodies in Bombay
Tried to make it to the U.S.A.
Ended up in Nepal
Up on the roof with nothing at all
And I knew that day
I was going to stay
Right where I am, on the sunnyside of the street

Been in a palace, been in a jail
I just don't want to be reborn a snail
Just want to spend eternity
Right where I am, on the sunnyside of the street

As my mother wept it was then I swore
To take my life as I would a whore
I know I'm better than before
I will not be reconstructed
Just wanna stay right here
On the sunnyside of the street
Ok, it's time for sayonara
So long yankee break my heart
Now there's nothing left but sorrow
Even the best friends they must part

I walked into the nearest bar
I sat and gazed across the sea
I wandered lonely on the beach
The waves just whispered misery
She had a red red scarf
Around her neck
Her eyes were green
Her hair was black

Ooh she gave me mekong whiskey
Ooh she gave me hong kong flu
Ooh she gave me mekong whiskey
Put me on a breeze to katmandu

(som-yat-zu, som-yat-zu)

I got new papers in a bordello
With some luckies and my i.d.
My heart was pounding like a hammer
Thai thai thai thai thai! I am free

She kissed me softly on the lips
She took my hand without a sound
This was our happy ever after
So motherfucker kiss the ground
You gotta walk that mile Honeychild
You gotta walk that mile Honeychild
Well I'll show you what is hip
As we walk down Leeson strip & I'll do it for the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile

You can't take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you when you go
You gotta walk, walk that mile
& I'll be with you Honeychild
& I'll do it for the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile

Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long or I'll be gone

Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long
Or I'll be gone

Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Just the ghost, the ghost of a smile
Life's a bitch, then you die
Black hell
Hell's ditch - naked howling freedom
The killer's hands are bound with chains
At six o'clock it starts to rain
He'll never see the dawn again
Our lady of the flowers


Genet's feeling ramon's dick
The guy in the bunk above gets sick
In the cell next door the lunatic
Starts screaming for his mother

Black dildo, black hell,
As the spanish cops ridiculed my gel
A mugshot I remember well
Little man how you have suffered

I could hear the screams from up above
If it ain't a fist it isn't love
As for our lady she kneels down
Her neck is bent, the blade comes down
Doing! there goes the breakfast bell
Back from heaven, back to hell
Naked howling freedom - hell's ditch
Ignacio lay dying in the sand
A single red rose clutched in a dying hand
The women wept to see their hero die
And the big black birds gathered in the sky

Mother of all our joys, mother of all our sorrows
Intercede with him tonight
For all of our tomorrows

The years went by and then the killers came
And took the men and marched them up the hill of pain
And Lorca the faggot poet they left till last
Blew his brains out with a pistol up his arse

Mother of all our joys....

The killers came to mutilate the dead
But ran away in terror to search the town instead
But Lorca's corpse, as he had prophesied, just walked away
And the only sound was the women in the chapel praying

Mother of all our joys....
When it's summer in siam
And the moon is full of rainbows
When it's summer in siam
And we go through many changes
When it's summer in siam
Then all I really know
Is that I truly am
In the summer in siam
The church bell rings
An old drunk sings
A young girl hocks her wedding ring
Down on rain street

Down the alley the icewagon flew
Picked up a stiff that was turning blue
The local kids were sniffin' glue
Not much else for a kid to do
Down rain street

Father mcgreer buys an ice cold beer
And a short for father loyola
Father joe's got the clap again
He's drinking coca-cola
Down on rain street

Bless me father I have sinned
I got pissed and I got pinned
And God can't help the shape I'm in
Down on rain street

There's a tesco on the sacred ground
Where I pulled her knickers down
While judas took his measly price
And st anthony gazed in awe at christ
Down on rain street

I gave my love a goodnight kiss
I tried to take a late night piss
But the toiled moved so again I missed
Down rain street

I sat on the floor and watched tv
Thanking christ for the bbc
A stupid fucking place to be
Down rain street

I took my eileen by the hand
Walk with me was her command
I dreamt we were walking on the strand
Down rain street

That night rain street went on for miles
That night on rain street somebody smiled
Life turns
Time changes
Lost dreams
Moon changes
Now bush
Now city
Eora home
No city

Irish loss
Same dream
Vinegar hill
No rhyme

See the judas man in red
All live in rainbow's dread

Write out
No call
No home
No all

Eyes wide
No steed
Feel dread
No creed

Rainbow man
Eyes cool
No hurt
No fool

Dead!
The guests are stood in silence
They stare and drink their wine
On the wall the canvas hangs
Frozen there in time
They marvel at the beauty
The horror and despair
At the wake of the medusa
No one she'd a tear

Sit my friends and listen
Put your glasses down
Sit my friends and listen
To the voices of the drowned

In the moonlight's ghostly glow
I waken in a dream
Once more upon that raft I stand
Upon a raging sea
In my ears the moans and screams
Of the dying ring
Somewhere in the darkness
The siren softly sings

Out there in the waves she stands
And smiling there she calls
As the lightning cracks the sky
The wind begins to howl

The architects of our doom
Around their tables sit
And in their thrones of power
Condemn those they've cast adrift
Echoes down the city street
Their harpies laughter rings
Waiting for the curtain call
Oblivious in the wings

The casket is empty
Abandon ye all hope
They ran off with the money
And left us with the rope
Finally found a place they could never reach
Sipping singha beer on pattaya beach
Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies
Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies

There's a guy next to me won't tell me his name
Buy's me mekong whiskey just the same
Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies
Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies

I'm just a wally
Hanging out on pattaya beach
I'm just a wally
Hanging out on pattaya beach

Met a girl said she's really going to blow my mind
She say's she don't mean sex and I say alright
Turns out she's a bloke, tries to give me head
I have to run out screaming to the street instead
She's just a wally
Hanging out on pattaya beach
I'm just a wally
Hanging out on pattaya beach

Singha beer don't ask no questions
Singha beer don't tell no lies...


In the house of the gods
Where no mongrels preach
I watched the sun going down
On pattaya beach

I'm just a wally
Hanging out on pattaya beach
I'm just a wall
Hanging out on pattaya beach
I recall the moment
Before it slipped away
When 5 green queens
On a black bin bag
Meant all the world to me

And I recall the moment
More distant than it seems
When 5 green queens
On a black bin bag
Meant all the world to me

And I recall the moment
Much closer than it seems
When 5 green queens
On a black bin bag
Meant all the world to me

And I recall the moment
Before it slipped away
When 5 green queens
On a black bin bag
Meant all the world to me

5 green queens & Jean
Instrumental
O-we-o-o
Six to go
O-we-o-o
Never gonna let go
O-we-o-o
Nothing new
O-we-o-o
Don't believe it's true
O-we-o-o
On a sunday
O-we-o-o
All because of london
O-we-o-o
Hear the song
O-we-o-o
Right the wrong

O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
Set a precedent
O-we-o-o
Try a little bit
O-we-o-o
Make a family
O-we-o-o
Set our fathers free
O-we-o-o
Hear the song
O-we-o-o
Right the wrong

O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
O-we-o-o
As I was going over the far famed Kerry mountains,
I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was count'n.
I first produced me pistol, and then produced me rapier,
Saying stand and deliver for you are the bold deceiver.

Musha rig um du rum da
Whack fol the daddy o
Whack fol the daddy o
There's whiskey in the jar

I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny,
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny.
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceave me,
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy.

Chorus

I went up to me chamber all for to take a slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels and sure it was no wonder,
But Jenny drew me charges and she filled them up with water,
And sent for Captain Farrel, to be ready for the slaughter.

Chorus

'Twas early in the morning before I rose to travel,
Up comes a band of footmen and likewise Captain Farrell;
I first produce my pistol, for she stole away my rapier
But I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken.

Chorus

And if anyone can aid me, 'tis my brother in the army,
If I could learn his station in Cork or in Killarney.
And if he'd come and join me we'd go roving through Kilkenny,
I'm sure he'd treat me fairer than my own sporting Jenny.

Chorus

There's some takes delight in the carriages a rolling,
Some takes delight in the hurley or the bowlin'.
But I takes delight in the juice of the barley,
And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early.

Chorus
Oh Lord won't you tell me I'm sure I don't know,
Who makes the plans that change our lives so,
From a place in the country so peaceful and calm,
We moved up to London as the bombs fell around,
On a street by the river where the rent it was cheap,
The Landlord he told us "Its yours to keep",
For a regular payment week after week,
You've always a roof under which you can sleep.

The years passed by, the war came to an end,
We lived our lives did nothing to offend,
But the Landlord's conditions yearly they grew,
With the size of his gut and his housing values,
He'd kneel on a Sunday and pray to the Lord,
For ideals of love his wealth can't afford,
When the Bastard he came round to raise up rent,
We swallowed our pride and we smiled our best.

Bricks and mortar, a kingdom of stone,
When you go when you're all alone,
They'll carve your name where you lie,
And I for one no tears will cry.

Greed knows no boundaries, greed does not feel,
I'm damned if I'll die for a property deal,
The woman next door she just passed away,
For the rent grew so high that she just couldn't pay,
And there in her bed she closed up her eyes,
The last time she gazed on this world of lies,
With nowhere to go and nothing saved,
She went to the next world and the Bastard he smiled.

Bricks and mortar, a kingdom of stone,
When you go you're all alone,
They'll carve your name where you lie,
And I for one no tears will cry.

Oh Lord won't you tell me I'm sure I don't know,
What makes some people so callous and cold,
I've lived in this house for forty-four years,
My children were born here, its here I'll grow old,
A curse on you, Bastard Landlord be damned,
Who needs one more house like a beach needs more sand,
I'll stay here till I'm done only then will I go,
Was never meant one man should treat others so.
Now I'd like to tell you what your smile was for
And I loved you from the moment that you walked in that door
And I knew that I'd seen you before
Some other time
Some other place
Some other time
Some other place

Now I'd like to tell you 'bout your pretty face
And you know that you're a gift to the human race
My happiness is that smile on your face
Musta been now
Some other time
Some other place
Some other time
Some other place

When I get out of space with you
And the skies turn purple and the moon is blue
And I know I've been with you before
Some other time
Some other place
Some other time
Some other place
Some other place
Some other time
Some other place
Some other time
Some other place
I've seen those signs a million times
The chill that clouds your eyes
The light that shines black as a coal
Deep down in the mind
And I'm hungry, and I'm dying of thirst
Just suffering from a lover's curse
I'll turn to stone, let the rivers flow,
And wash me to the sea
The curse of love is hanging over me

I've walked the line, stood by your side,
I've kept you company
And all those times you felt like crying,
I've held you close to me
Now someone's put a spell on me,
All my worst dreams are coming true
I'll turn to stone, let the rivers flow,
And wash me to the sea
The curse of love is hanging over me
The curse of love is hanging...
Over me

Around the tent, the storm was raging,
The gypsy's eyes were wild and blazing
Should have listened when she said
You'd slip away from me

The bottle's empty, I've drunk it dry,
And still I feel the pain
Well, all we've had is lost now,
Like teardrops in the rain
The night is long, I'm tired and weary,
But I don't know where this road will lead me,
I'll turn to stone, let the rivers flow,
And wash me to the sea
The curse of love is hanging over me
The curse of love is hanging...
Over me
Instrumental
They wear green
And they are beautiful
And their hearts are filled with love
They're as pure as any lily
And as gentle as the dove
They'll sing and cheer in harmony
Till their throats are cracked & sore
But there is no doubt
You'll hear them shout
When Jackie's heroes score

Too-ra-loo Too-ra-loo
And we'll follow Jack's heroes
Whatever they do

They'll come from Dublin
And from Cork, from dear old Donegal,
From London, Boston, & New York,
From anywhere at all,
From Parramatta to Fermoy,
Strabane to Skibereen
(And will) the shout go up
When the World Cup
Is raised on Stephens Green
(Yes it will)

And when we're there in Italy
On Sardinia's sunny shore
We'll be the boys you'll want to see
The boys you'll all adore
We'll play like perfect gentlemen
To win, to lose, to draw
For we're here to take the World Cup
To Paddy's shamrock shore
I've been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I've cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways
We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms
I sang you all my sorrows
You told me all your joys
Whatever happened to that old song
To all those little girls and boys

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
But there's a light I hold before me
And you're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

Sometimes I wake up in the morning
The gingerlady by my bed
Covered in a cloak of silence
I hear you in my head
I'm not singing for the future
I'm not dreaming of the past
I'm not talking of the fist time
I never think about the last

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still there's a light I hold before me
You're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams