Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Pogues: A Rainy Night In Soho

"This is Shane MacGowan before the shambling drunk routine took over completely," says Tom Conoboy.

In the comments below there is a debate about whether the song is about whisky, as Conoboy argues, or about romantic love as its surface suggests.

The truth, surely, is that it is both at once. Poems and songs can do that. It's why people write them rather than essays.

1 comment:

Paul Murray said...

"I sang you all my sorrows. You told me all your joys". One of my favourite songs by McGowan. I used to wonder how someone who looked and sounded like McGowan could produce such delicate beauty. Never judge a book by its cover, huh?