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the pogues – the limerick rake lyrics


i am a young fellow that’s easy and bold
in castletown conner i’m very well known;
in newcastle west i spent many a night
with kitty and judy and mary

my parents rebuked me for being such a rake
and for spending my time in such frolicsome ways
but i ne’re could forget the good nature of jenny
agus f-gaimid siud mar ata se

there’s some say i’m foolish, there’s some say i’m wise
and i will find that there are women that think its no crime;
the son of king david had ten thousand wives
and his wisdom was highly regarded

in euclid and grammar they taught me to write
but my heart, it was stolen by a pair of brown thighs
that came from the mountains, her stockings are white
i’d love to be tied to her garter

and some you’ll fuss over, and some you’ll forego
in there devonshire’s treasure’s are twenty times more
but he’s lying on his back amongst nettles and stones
agus f-gaimid mar a ata se

and when i am dead and i’m laid to my rest
my women and children will keen at my wake
they’ll gather around and they’ll offer a prayer
to the lord for the soul of their father