Pogues, The - The Irish Rover Lyrics




On the fourth of July eighteen hundred and six
We set sail from the sweet cove of Cork
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand city hall in New York
'Twas a wonderful craft, she was rigged fore-and-aft
And oh, how the wild winds drove her
She'd got several blasts, she'd twenty-seven masts
And we called her the Irish Rover

We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
We had two million barrels of stones
We had three million sides of old blind horses hides
We had four million barrels of bones
We had five million hogs, we had six million dogs
Seven million barrels of porter
We had eight million bails of old nanny goats' tails
In the hold of the Irish Rover

There was awl Mickey Coote who played hard on his flute
When the ladies lined up for his set
He was tootin' with skill for each sparkling quadrille
Though the dancers were fluther'd and bet
With his sparse witty talk he was cock of the walk
As he rolled the dames under and over
They all knew at a glance when he took up his stance
And he sailed in the Irish Rover

There was Barney McGee from the banks of the Lee
There was Hogan from County Tyrone
There was Johnny McGurk who was scared stiff of work
And a man from Westmeath called Malone
There was Slugger O'Toole who was drunk as a rule
And fighting Bill Tracey from Dover
And your man Mick McCann from the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper of the Irish Rover

For a sailor it's always a bother in life
It's so lonesome by night and by day
'Til he launch for the shore and this charming young whore
Who will melt all his troubles away
All the noise and the rout
Swollen poitín and stout
For him soon the torment's over
Of the love of a maid he's never afraid
And old sot from the Irish Rover

We had sailed seven years when the measles broke out
And the ship lost it's way in the fog
And that whale of the crew was reduced down to two
Just myself and the captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock, oh Lord what a shock
The bulkhead was turned right over
Turned nine times around, and the poor dog was drowned
I'm the last of the Irish Rover





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  1. Тэд Качински

    Shane very very drunk )

  2. Jaqueline Martins

    Shane McGowan's favourite singer is the late Luke Kelly of the Dubliners - Shane fills his shoes very well here.

  3. trevor

    The drummer should get a shout,,, I always love his sound

  4. TheDublinReaper

    It’s an absolute miracle Shane is still alive. He lost all his natural teeth at a young age, took every drugs known to mankind, drank excessively and smoked constantly. I just hope he isn’t in pain now, what a talent he was.

  5. joxer cat

    great rendition ! The Dubs and the Pogues were a gift from God ! .What a combo ! ...and we shall never see their likes again !. but they have left us with our music for a 100 years or more ! .

  6. Mike D

    The only thing missing here is Luke Kelly

  7. mathúnaeíre

    Ronnie u absolute beaut

  8. peter logan

    Awesome.How lucky were those in the studio that night to witness this performance.Magical!

  9. Jack Carter

    Happy Birthday Shane MacGowan

  10. p a

    Ireland belongs to the Irish.P H Pearce ,

    Durin’s Bane

    p a hell yeah

  11. Davor

    Nema dalje 💪💪💪💪

  12. Crystal Savery

    Rip Robert McSpirit.

  13. Quantumax46

    Shane's "im the last of the irish rover" at the end is perfect!

  14. Bourbon Horrific

    WE LIVE ON 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

  15. The Infidel

    disgraceful semi playback of the flute ^^ he couldnt even fake it synchro ^^

  16. Papa Chango

    Say what you will but the Irish know how to have a piss up.

  17. Paul Linnane

    Shane macgowan is drunk, but singing great, Ronnie drew is drunk, but singing well, Ronnie was better hiding his drunk Ness than Shane.

  18. warrior 36

    Shane u legend back on rte last friday night and everyone complained about it fucking crying cunts and that oul bag twink called it a disgrace shes just jealous because shes skint

  19. anung unrama

    viejo blanco gil nah todo bien

  20. mllClam

    At some point the fascists will need to delete these videos because otherwise they’d need to explain the existence of all those white people.
    Fight or die. Fight or die.

  21. Roger Scott

    Stage of heroes of song.

  22. Craig Chapman

    Shane’s voice is incredible. Love this.

  23. radhaor

    And young Jim Carey on the tin whistle!

  24. JOHN ALLAKER

    Musically genius!

  25. Wayne Farrell Media

    Shane is Ireland’s Keith Richards 😊

    Worked with Ronnie Drew in pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin as a nipper in the 80s.
    He treated everyone the same. A lovely, lovely man!

  26. Kimberly Carson

    I like this vid in honor of my Irish great-grandmother, who according to family lore came to the US on a long boat ride, had such a thick accent (or maybe just never learned English--there are conflicting accounts) that most people not from Ireland didn't know what she was saying, stole socks from shops for everyone in her family, and pretty much raised my mother. Good job, I wish I could have met you.

  27. Vanessa Fitzpatrick

    What is in your pocket Shane 😂

  28. Steven Thompson

    a face only a mother can love :D

  29. John-boy

    This looks like a party where a little music broke out, some of these guys look pretty pickled

  30. Pappy Pappito

    0:15 What was that all about?

  31. Aurelie David

    You guys i love this song but some of these comments...Im dead.

  32. Cheyenne Brennan

    I've known this performance existed for ages now, yet only today have I decided to look it up-I've replayed it at least five times now: my new obsession.

  33. Luca spedino

    At the end, when the drummer scream my head explode......

  34. He Man

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Shane were drunk during this gig

    firequacker

    hes always drunk

    Rory

    Lol you think?

  35. christopherkeogh1975

    The 580 who disliked this wouldn't know good music if Elvis came back to life and took them to a Beatles concert

    Aurelie David

    We can only hope those with bad taste in music spend a long pergatory with the likes of Bieber😂

  36. peter hogan

    I agree Phillip. They obviously ain't got ani taste in music. This is an absolute classic amoungs classics.

  37. outta here

    feckin ace

  38. Grigoryshaw

    Четкая песня. А ещё круче певец , который курит прямо на сцене. Это ваааще крутизна

  39. Mlick

    Rest in peace Gaybo :(

  40. Simon Harrisson

    Should have got his teeth done and his ears

  41. Aliens do exist

    now theres a gang i would have a drink with

  42. Dermott Carr

    RIP Gay Byrne

  43. Dublin Macker

    People who comment about the amount of dislikes should divide it into the view number and fucking chill yeah?

  44. Peter Fitzgerald

    Makes me proud to be a plastic paddy ,

  45. Hoganballs

    Proper musicians, not xfactor manufactured shite.

  46. Darius

    On the fourth of July, eighteen hundred and six
    We set sail from the sweet cove of Cork
    We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
    For the grand city hall in New York
    'Twas a wonderful craft, she was rigged fore and aft
    And oh, how the wild wind drove her
    She stood several blasts, she had twenty-seven masts
    And they called her The Irish Rover

    We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
    We had two million barrels of bone
    We had three million bales of old nanny goats' tails
    We had four million barrels of stone
    We had five million dogs, six million hogs
    Seven million barrels of porter
    We had eight million sides of old blind horses' hides
    In the hold of The Irish Rover

    There was ole Mickey Coote, who played hard on his flute
    When the ladies'd line up for a set
    He was tootlin' with skill for each sparkling quadrille
    'Till the dancers were fluther'd and bet
    With his smart, witty talk, he was cock of the walk
    And he rolled the dames under and over
    They all knew at a glance, when he took up his stance
    That he sailed in The Irish Rover

    There was Barney McGee, from the banks of the Lee
    There was Hogan, from County Tyrone
    There was Johnny McGurk, who was scared stiff of work
    And a man from Westmeath called Malone
    There was Slugger O'Toole, who was drunk as a rule
    And fighting Bill Tracey from Dover
    And your man, Mick McCann, from the banks of the Bann
    Was the skipper on The Irish Rover

    For a sailor, it's always a bother of life
    It's so lonesome by night and by day
    That he longs for the shore, and a pretty young whore
    Who will melt all his troubles away
    All the noise, and the rout, swillin' poitin and stout
    For him, soon it's done and over
    Of the love of a maid, he is never afraid
    An old salt from The Irish Rover

    We had sailed seven years when the measles broke out
    And the ship lost its way in the fog
    And the whale of a crew was reduced down to two
    Myself and the captain's old dog
    Then the ship struck a rock, oh Lord, what a shock
    The bulkhead was turned right over
    Turned nine times around, then the poor old dog was drowned (2, 3!)
    I'm the last of The Irish Rover!

    Conor Magahy

    Rest In Peace Gay Byrne!
    thank you for the lyrics xxx

  47. Jao Lin

    Good to see Shane drinking coffee...

  48. Johnny Man

    RIP Gay Byrne

  49. Stripes

    Possibly the greatest nearly 5 minutes of television ever.

  50. David dangerman

    shane mc gowen is a genius....1 of irelands better band fuk u2

  51. Jim Carlile

    Shane McGowan, quite the singer/drinker and Ronnie Drew’s no slouch !

  52. Connie Concepcion

    Great tune! RIP Ronnie Drew and Philip Chevron!

  53. Alba E

    Comment 1.000, yay. Love this performance btw

  54. dave Newcombe

    is that father jack on guitar left,, he he?

  55. Никита Назаров

    Мощь бля!

  56. dom howe

    Pure Class!

  57. Peter Quinn

    What kind of tin whistle is Spider Stacy playing here?

  58. Slugger O Toole

    YAY! I Love Aunt Viv!!

  59. Adrian Keys

    How the hell is there 👎 on this, Ronnie & Shane PROPER LEGENDS!

  60. Roy Bennett

    a grand drinking song!!!

  61. Jesús Bureo

    I love his smile.

  62. Mark Barry

    saw McGowan at the airport the other day in a  wheelchair getting wheeled about ..looked dead

    Cheyenne Brennan

    Mark Barry I say this with utmost respect and admiration-it's a miracle that he isn't!

  63. leso204

    what year was this broadcast ......

    Conor McCabe

    leso204 The single came out in 1987, so probably 1987-88.

  64. The Gray Fox

    The guy could do with a little dental work?

  65. sumg33k

    Best version of this song ever! Such a great collaboration.

  66. Antonio Fassone

    to roddy mac farlane rip

  67. Ameba

    0:57 Dewey esa no es tu familia!

  68. Daniel Johnson

    Something tells me that Shane has very poor oral hygiene. But FANTASTIC song

    firequacker

    he has artificial teeth now

  69. Buxtonswhippets

    Brilliant this

  70. eileen bailey

    ♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮♥️🇨🇮🕊🌈

    Never Unprepared

    ☘️🇮🇪➕⭐🎄

  71. Ellyse

    Ronnie Drew had beautiful eyes.

  72. Busted Fender

    Ronnie Drew’s eyes... You could walk straight into them.

    YLPY

    They're so deep, you could swin in them.

  73. Simon Harrisson

    Great song, why didn't he get his teeth done?

    firequacker

    too drunk to do it

  74. Mark Ramsey

    Such an iconic appearance. You have the old Irish traditional guard v the young English punks. I love at the end Ronnie n Shane look at each other like who's gonna sing the last words then the drummer screams. The joy of the two traditions.

  75. jimbobalob

    Well, you can’t get more Irish ☘️ than this 😂🤣😩👍

  76. Peter Hamilton

    That ugly bastard had the cheek to put an earring in ffs

  77. john lester

    This is a Scottish / Welsh / English song - but the teeth are Irish.........

  78. Marsha johnston Menehan

    2019 and still listening to the pogues best of the best 💚🧡

    YLPY

    Tell it. After listening to every Irish and Scots tradional artisits they fell in love with the Pogues. They introduced me to them.

    Matthew Adams

    Is Sean still alive legend 🙄😆

    Matthew Adams

    Green fields ov France is the tune

    Willow me Crafts

    don't forget Ronny x

    Matthew Adams

    Green fields ov France is the tune

  79. Pete Hyland

    What a piece off music never gonna b anything releases close to it!!!! Rip Ronney drew pup da Dubliners 😎😎😎😎😎

  80. InfamousOutlaw

    Jesus how ugly is the pogues' singer... Nice interpretation from both bands doe.

  81. Chris

    I like how the pogues lead was so trashed he missed his cue to sing like 3 times and just joined in

    radhaor

    Nope! He didnt

    Tomasz Losinski

    Where did he miss his queue?

  82. Bad Seed

    Gods among men.

  83. Will Allen

    Shane definitely had the looks more suited to radio then tv!!

  84. Connor the Android sent by Cyberlife

    Hello my name is Connor the android sent by Cyber-life.

  85. HunterDoesFootball

    Young Charlie Sheen was a pretty good flute player

    Tom Wilkinson

    HunterDoesFootball That's a penny whistle, not a flute.

  86. RedbeardMcLintock

    What do ya s'pose is in McGowan's little cup there?....

    floyd freeman

    not sure but id bet my life savings its not water lol

  87. 75hilmar

    Did they actually get along? I mean there seems to be some cordiality between individual band members, especially the Violinist who seemed to be utterly fascinated with the Flutist but the Dubs rushed over so quickly after the song.

    Nathan Broderick

    Yeah they got along very much so. They were probably told by Gay to head straight over after the song due to run time. But if you watch any interview from Shane about Ronnie, you'll see him tear up. They were friends and Shane attended most of the Dubliners funerals

  88. Vanessa Hawarden

    Ronnie with the beautiful blue eyes,,,we miss you boy

  89. Logan Fisher

    There's something heartwarming about seeing and hearing the two greatest bands to ever come out of Ireland (yes I know Shane is technically English) showing such respect to each other. Ronnie Drew and Shane Macgowan sure did show chemistry here.

    YLPY

    There is nothing technical about his nationality. He was born to Irish parents whilst in England. Thet returned to Ireland when he was an infant. If your dog climbed into your oven and had puppies would you call them tea biscuits?

    Phillip O'Brien

    YLPY He was still born in England.

    mathúnaeíre

    Hes an irish man. Just as he would say himself!!!

    Aron Mac Fhíobhuí

    Logan Fisher he definitely doesn’t consider himself English

  90. Tasha Yates

    I'm 15 and love this song so much

  91. S B

    Thanks for posting this, what a damn fine combo! Ronnie Drew's voice is fantastic. My grandfather was Irish played the Dubliners a lot he normally didn't like music past 1955(he made a point of this) except for the Dubliners and old time radio shows. He detested singer Paul Anka who was also his neighbor(Monterey, CA) and let him know it Anka would always use the "Don't you know who I am" gramps would say no and go to hell.

  92. Hammerschlägen M

    Not many people know this but Shane's first career choice was to be a dentist

    Ason Unique

    @YYCkike underrated

    Fourier Transformed

    I heard he wanted to be a wing-nut

    Daniel Jackson

    And then he decided to have more talent in his little finger than you have in your whole body you bitter arse

    Aurelie David

    Omg i just spit out my drink

    T4C

    No dentist could fix those teeth

  93. Steve Manley

    An awsome gathering of musical talent.

  94. Borderina As

    👍👍👍