Shane MacGowan

One summer evening drunk to hell I sat there nearly lifeless
An old man in the corner sang: where the water lilies grow
And on the jukebox Johnny sang about a thing called love
And it’s: How are you kid and what’s your name
And how would you bloody know

 In blood and death ‘neath a screaming sky I lay down on the ground
And the arms and legs of other men were scattered all around
Some cursed some prayed some prayed then cursed
Then prayed the bled some more
And the only thing that I could see was a pair of brown eyes
That was looking at me
But when we got back labelled parts one two three
There was no pair of brown eyes waiting for me

And a rovin’ a rovin’ a rovin’ I’ll go
For a pair of brown eyes

 I looked at him he looked at me all I could do was hate him
While Ray and Philomena sang of my elusive dreams
I saw the streams the rolling hills where his brown eyes were waiting
And I thought about a pair of brown eyes
That waited once for me

 So drunk to hell I left the place sometimes crawling sometimes walking
A hungry sound came across the breeze so I gave the walls a talking
And I heard the sounds of long ago from the old canal
And the birds were whistling in the trees where the wind was gently laughing

 And a rovin’ a rovin’ a rovin’ I’ll go
For a pair of brown eyes