Shane MacGowan & The Popes

Shane MacGowan and the Popes - The Church of the Holy Spook

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22nd August 1994 - ZANGCDX 4509-97614-2 (ZTT Records) ltd. edition

TRACK LIST

01 |
 The Church of the Holy Spook
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02 |
 Rake at the Gates of Hell
03 |
 King of the Bop
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 Nancy Whiskey
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Lyrics

By Shane MacGowan (1994)
My Daddy was a sinner, but my
Mother was a saintly person
But I ruined my life by drinking, bad
Wives, taking pills and cursing
Rock and Roll you crucified me,
Left me all alone
I never should have turned my back on
The old folks back home

Give me that Church of the Holy Spook
Church of the Holy Spook
Church of the Holy Spook, it's good enough for me
It was good for me dear old Daddy
and my dear old Mammy too
Give me that Church of the Holy Spook
I don't need nothin' new

I believe in the Church of the Holy Spook
I believe that he's in me
The Tao is like a river, so float along with me
When the sacred blood of the Holy Ghost
is boiling in my veins
I think of Jesus on the cross
and I scream out for his pain.

Give me that Church of the Holy Spook
Church of the Holy Spook
Church of the Holy Spook, it's good enough for me
It was good for me dear old Daddy
and my dear old Mammy too
Give me that Church of the Holy Spook
I don't need nothin' new
I'll be with them asleep and dreaming
I'll be there when they wake with screaming
At the hour of death then I will nurse them
To have a moment more to curse them
Watch the maggots crawl out of them
Hear the angels call above them
Watch them as the cold air sucks them
Down to hell, goodnight, God love them
If any should escape above me
Beg and cheat until they trust me
Drag them down to be damned with me
Laugh at them as they forgive me

Mother's eyes are sparkling diamonds,
Still the moon shows no light
This rose is withered, may God deliver
The rake at the gates of hell tonight
Yigh!

I wish that they could walk forever,
On the earth, alone, unfettered
Til they pray for consolation,
Til they beg for sweet damnation
Then I'll come and bring them water,
Bring them hope, bring them laughter
Raise their hopes so sad and sunken
Slash them up as they lie there drunken
Push them down into the foul mud
‘Til they choke up on their own blood
Drag them out before their last breath
To take away the mercy of death

Mother's eyes are sparkling diamonds
Still the moon shows no light
This rose is withered, may God deliver
The rake at the gates of hell tonight
Yigh!

Mother's eyes are sparkling diamonds
Still the moon shows no light
This rose is withered, may God deliver
The rake at the Gates of Hell tonight

Mother's eyes are sparkling diamonds
Still the moon shows no light
This rose is withered, may God deliver
The rake at the gates of hell tonight
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
The reason is because I'm the King of the Bop!

I'm not a rocker, ...?
I'm not a rocker, ...?
When I start moving I don't wanna stop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!

That's why they call me the King of the Bop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop
The reason is because I'm the King of the Bop!

I can do the fall, I can do the jerk
I can do anything but do a bit of work
When I start moving I don't wanna stop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!

That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
The reason is because I'm the King of the Bop
Owwwwwwwww!

I can do the fall, I can do the jerk
I can do anything but do a bit of work
When I start moving I don't wanna stop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!

That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!
The reason is because I'm the King of the Bop

I'm not a rocker, ...?
I'm not a rocker, ...?
When I start moving I don't wanna stop
That's why they call me the King of the Bop!

Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
Why do they call me the King of the Bop?
The reason is because I'm the King of the Bop
I'm the King of the Bop!
I'm the King of the Bop!
I'm the King of the Bop!
I'm the King of the Bop!
I'm the King of the Bop!
Yaaaargh!
As I went down through Glasgow city
Just to see what I might spy
What should I see but Nancy Whiskey
A playful twinkle in her eye

Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh

I bought her, I drank her, I had another
Ran out of money, so I did steal
She ran me ragged, Nancy Whiskey
For seven years, a rollin' wheel

Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh

The more I held her, the more I loved her
Nancy had her spell on me
All I knew was lovely Nancy
The things I needed I could not see

Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh

As I awoke to slake my thirst
As I tried crawling from my bed
I fell down flat, I could not stagger
Nancy had me by the legs

Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh

Come on landlandy, what's the owing
Tell me what there is to pay
Fifteen shillings that's the reckoning
Now pay me quickly and go away

Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh