by Dave Tynan
I’m just saying
, you might get sick of the waiting ’round.
The waiting for buses
and girls but one’s late and one’s not coming at all and I don’t know which is which
I’m just saying it’s plans not TVs out the window now and you might get sick of
waiting for the lights to change, but in the meantime it’s all still Night Life,
Track Four, Red Arse, old runners, Casual Certs, X-Box heroics, double yellows, Luas
tickets for roaches, black pudding, shit gigs, hand balls, change pints, bookies pens
and I can’t afford the banter anymore.
I’m trying to keep the faith and I still believe in Bewley’s and Elvis but
get sick waiting for days when you’re not always looking over your shoulder but there’s
streets ruined on me now and I can’t walk down them without thinking about it.
I’m just saying you might get sick of the wet weeks,
the wet jeans, wet socks, wet
funerals and wet streets and it’s all getting a little harder to justify, roaring We
Are Your Friendsat heads you don’t know in a gaff you’ve never been before and you
never will be again, as London and Sydney swallow your mates; Any craic? No, youse fucked off.
But there’s always reasons for optimism,
MacGowan and McGrath still walk this earth
but we can’t be far off now, and I’m still waiting for that perfect summer’s forever
day of long shadows and lens flares but you get a long weekend in May and you go
apeshit and get lobster burnt to fuck and that’s all you get and you won’t know it
’til August, but come next May you’ll still be first in line on Portmarnock Strand
in your togs and goose bumps, grinning like a fucking lunatic.
And I keep thinking can we have
a bit of restraint, but I’m hardly the one to talk,
Someone told me the third secret of Fatima but I was pissed and I forgot it. Fuck it,
I’ll probably never see the Winter Solstice at Newgrange either but as long as you can
Like This we’re all grand and we’re all connected.
I’m just saying you can fill every night talking about the one before.
bastards and the lost city of Dutch Gold, empty taxi, racist taxi, danger taxi,
Crouching tiger hidden naggin, Smoking sections, 90s babies, the black in, Zaytoon
or Empty Pockets, the fear, the St. Christopher texts, the flood of tea and excuses
and I’m just drowning in all the charm and bollix. Youse missed out and we’ve the same
photos as everyone else to prove it.
I’m just saying sometimes we’re too tough on ourselves and most of the time we’re
never tough enough, And the birds left here aren’t that bad they just need to wash
the fake tan off and not be so easily convinced. You’ll never fool anyone that you’re
from the Beach Cities and you don’t need to,
But we’re at our holiest when it’s the last song
and we’re all soaked in pub juice
and desperate, when the boys choir tells us to look each day and night in the eye,
before the gorgeous giddy promise of a Friday’s turned to scabbed smokes and kebab wrappers.
I’m just saying, The Specials were bang on about everything but the clubs closing
down, and the answers aren’t on Harcourt Street and they never were, in the crowd
and out of your snack box, and I’m still trying to find the glow,
And the craic is dead but the wheel’s still turning and the days take months but
the year flies and then it’s lads on boats home and Christmas crawls and soggy resolutions.
I’m just saying, you might get sick of it all but you might miss it too and there’s
ten good reasons to go but a thousand tiny ones not to and I don’t know which is which anymore.