Monday, November 07, 2011

War, Damnation and Subaru

Have you seen the Subaru Hockey Mom ad with the Pogues song (If I Should Ever Fall from Grace with God)? IMHO the juxtaposition is very jarring. We could debate the exact meaning but despite the jaunty beat this song is about religion, damnation and fervent Irish nationalism... not cute kids and commuting. I guess in advertising, the words don't matter.

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

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

It's coming up three, boys
Keeps coming up three, 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
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

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