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Date d'inscription : 12/11/2012
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MessageSujet: Sea Shanty   Mer 19 Juin - 15:11

Sea Shanty

(copyright 1984 Shane MacGowan)
 
Dear dirty London in the pouring rain
I wish to God I was back on the sea again
Though that belongs to the world of never will be
There was never a wilder bastard than me on the sea
I could fuck all the whores in damnation me boys
Though they wriggled and hollered and made a great noise
Then I'd drink till I stank and then drink plenty more
And I won't go down to the sea any more
But if I had ten pounds then I'd raise a loud cheer
And I'd toast all me neighbours both distant and dear
And I'd shoot back great belly-crippling buckets of beer
And a pox and a curse on the people round here
Wouldn't give you me the price of a half pint of beer
Wouldn't give you me the price of a cup of good cheer
A pox and a curse on the people round here

A man's ambition must indeed be small
To write his name upon a shithouse wall
But before I die I'll add my regal scrawl
To show the world I'm left with sweet fuck all
And when all of us bold shithouse poets do die
A monument grand they will raise to the sky
A monument made just to mark our great wit
A monument of solid shit now me boys
I met with Bill James we fought over crusts
I called him a whore and he booted me crotch
Then we shared out the jack and we thought it a treat
The compliments pass when the quality meet
The compliments pass when the quality meet
The compliments pass when the quality meet
The compliments pass when the quality meet
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MessageSujet: Re: Sea Shanty   Mer 19 Juin - 15:14

Plus incompréhensible que traduisible, ce « Chant de marin » vient en fait d’une conversation  sous un arrêt de bus de King Cross entre MacGowan et un vieux baroudeur des mers, en picolant bien entendu.
Relate t’il des bribes de cette conversation dans cette chanson ? A croire.
 
 
 
(Joe Merrick’book)
 
“Shane’s next offering, « Sea Shanty » served up more of the same, though this time, with a degree of humour added to the mix. Based on a conversation MacGowan had struck up with an ex-sailor at a King Cross bus stop (Shane was drinking cider, the seaman Carlsberg Special Brew) the song’s lyrics told of an tar forever marooned in the city, with only the bawdy memories of the life on the waves to keep him warm.
An off-kilter musical romp, made all the more pleasing by Andrew Ranken’s mauling of his drum kit, Shane often joked that he owed half the royalties accrued from “Sea Shanty” to the elderly souse whose recollections he’d plundered.”
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