The Body of an American Lyrics – The Pogues

English 827 February 24, 1986
"The Body of an American" by The Pogues is a song that narrates the experiences and adventures of a man, presumably an Irish-American, reflecting on his life and identity. The lyrics capture a sense of nostalgia, pride, and a connection to both Irish heritage and the American experience. The protagonist is portrayed as a free-spirited, resilient individual with a strong sense of identity, shaped by his Irish roots and experiences in the USA. ...Read More

The Body of an American Lyrics

[Verse 1: Shane MacGowan]
The Cadillac stood by the house and the Yanks, they were within
And the tinker boys, they hissed advice, 'hot-wire with her a ping
Well, we turned and shook as we had a look in the room where the dead man lay
So big Jim Dwyer made his last trip to the shores where his fathers lay

[Verse 2: Shane MacGowan]
And fifteen minutes later, we had our first taste of whiskey
There was uncles giving lectures on ancient Irish history
The men all started telling jokes and the women, they got frisky
At five o'clock in the evening, every bastard there was piskey

[Chorus: Shane MacGowan]
Fare thee well, gone away, there's nothing left to say
Farewell to New York City, boys, to Boston and PA
He took them out with a well-aimed clout and they often heard him say
I'm a freeborn man of the USA

[Verse 3: Shane MacGowan]
He fought the champ in Pittsburgh and he slashed him to the ground
He took on Tiny Tartanella and it only went one round
He never had no time for reds, for drink or dice or whores
But he never threw a fight when a fight was right
So they sent him to the war

[Chorus: Shane MacGowan]
Fare thee well, gone away, there's nothing left to say
With a sláinte Joe and Erin go, my love's in Amerikay
The calling of the rosary, Spanish wine from far away
I'm a freeborn man of the USA

[Verse 4: Shane MacGowan]
This morning on the harbour when I said goodbye to you
I remembered how I swore that I'd come back to you one day
And as the sunset came to meet the evening on the hill
I told you I'd always love you, I always did, I always will

[Chorus: Shane MacGowan]
Fare thee well, gone away, there's nothing left to say
But say adieu to your eyes as blue as the water in the bay
To big Jim Dwyer, the man of wire, who was often heard to say
I'm a freeborn man of the USA

[Outro: Shane MacGowan]
I'm a freeborn man of the USA
I'm a freeborn man of the USA

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Last Update: November 30, 2023

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Who is the singer of "The Body of an American" song?

"The Body of an American" song is sung by The Pogues.

Who is the lyrics writer of "The Body of an American" song?

"The Body of an American" song lyrics written by Shane MacGowan.

Who is the music producer of "The Body of an American" song?

"The Body of an American" song music composed & produced by Elvis Costello.

When was "The Body of an American" song released?

"The Body of an American" song was released on February 24, 1986.