If I Should Fall From Grace With God lyrics

by The Pogues

If I should fall from Grace with God
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

This land was always ours
Was the proud land of our fathers
It belongs to us and them
Not to any of the others

Let them go, boys
Let them go, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

[Instrumental]

Bury me at sea
Where no murdered ghost can haunt me
If I rock upon the waves
No corpse will lie upon me

Comin' up threes, boys
Comin' up threes, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

If I should fall from Grace with God
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
Still the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

Yeah...

Song & Artists

If I Should Fall From Grace With God album

Author: Shane MacGowan - lead singer of The Pogues

Brief: The song is open to a great deal of interpretation. Here is an excerpt by 'astorian' from The Straight Dope forum pertaining to the meaning of the song:

I think "mud" may just refer to the wet, boggy, peat soil of Ireland. And the place where all the rivers run dry is probably Hell. The song strikes me as a defiant statement of Irish Catholic nationalism and contempt for Protestant England. The lyrics aren't clear or straightforward, but I think the basic meaning is, "If I ever stop fighting for Ireland, if I ever give in and accept rule by those foreign, Protestant bastards... well then, I've lost my soul. So, bury me in the peat and let me sink all the way to Hell."

Category: Celtic Punk

Covers: Sweet Colleens, Sallymacs, The O'Brians, Olga, Dylan Walshe, Martin Larose, Trianam, Max Hay, Molly Ramone, Molly Ramone, The Fenians...

Logo The song by The Pogues is featured on the album If I Should Fall From Grace With God (pictured)

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