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lyrics

My father’s uncle died late last night on the Gallowgate
He used to set out early and come home late filled up with hate
Black brogue shoe shine on dead market streets
Razor blade smile and red eyed blue twinkle
From the Traders Tavern to the Braemar Bar is a short walk not far
But somewhere in between he hit the pavement with a thud
Old Alan from the Loch Fyne was first on the scene
Outside the woodcraft store they built his coffin as seen
From odds and ends bookies pen behind his ear
Chewing gum lodged in his throat the mean old goat
Had left his ex-wife slack jawed from wear and tear no longer in despair and his children where?
Scattered to the four corners of the world blown on the wind from where their ashes were binned

My Great uncle died last night on the Gallowgate
Every day in his vest and suit of slate
Golden Virginia stains on his lips the late night waltz home with a bag of chips
His teeth no longer his own the black doubts have been thrown
To the floor in a fist fight drunken brawl or cracked on the pavement from a fall
No stranger to death his first wife went soon with blood on her chest on a damp afternoon
When he’d kicked her to the floor not minutes before and left cursing her and slamming the door
He didn’t do long in those days it wasn’t deemed wrong
To raise your hands or your feet to your woman she’s just a lump of meat
After all witnessed by his son who lay on top of his Ma too young to do anything about his Da

My Grandad’s brother died last night on the Gallowgate
A conscientious objector drinking amber nectar
While his buddies’ bodies were blown to bits he lay cowering in the toilet with the shits
Quick with his fists near a woman or a boy and backstabbing drunken enemies destroy
All relations, destroy all nations but let him gamble let him drink let him come let him go but no
He’d rather outstay his welcome at a distant aunts wandering around her house in his pants
Putting in the fear of God hiding from plod
Trilby hat laid out flat, cold sweats idle threats holding out on debts
Stands there in Chapel distended Adam’s apple not afraid to boast, eat a host, drink some wine everything’s fine
Peace be with you, priest be with you and beast be with you

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from Glasgow Overture / Beast Be With You, released April 23, 2016

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In a marriage consummated behind a manky Gallowgate pub, Kevin P. Gilday and The Sea Kings bring you their debut collaboration.

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