Posted by: lucylastic | August 8, 2011

If I should fall from grace with God…..the Pogues at Greenwich……

Been a bit busy lately, what with my first ‘staycation’, (more of which another time) and various work related commitments. But have to tell quickly tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing The Pogues at the Greenwich Summer Sessions on July 30th.

I have long been a fan of the band – and have particular admiration for lead singer, Shane McGowan, who despite years and years, (over 50, if his autobiography is to be believed) of drink, drugs, cigarettes and generally louche living – manages to stagger on stage, pretty much on time and sing most of the songs in the right order. I’ll admit that it helps if you know the words yourself………………his diction leaves quite a lot to be desired – but he has energy, enthusiasm and a huge disregard for doing the right thing.

In the words of the eponymous song:

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

Sadly, it wasn’t Christmas, and no amount of urging could get them to do ‘Fairy tale of New York’ as an encore – but the Pogues did one encore and then they did another! (More fool those who left after the first and weren’t allowed back in – take note, if they leave their instruments on stage, they’re coming back)!!!  It was a magical evening…………..the weather was probably the best day of the year so far – as dusk fell – the starts came out, the temperature stayed up and the crowd got into the swing of it. One complaint – one beer tent and a small van selling drinks does not a jolly party make – the peasants were indeed revolting about the length of time it took to get a drink – the queue taking over an hour in some cases – plenty of time to sober up – and the door entry policy was so strict that NO food and drink at all were allowed in – not even in safe, plastic bottles. Similarly, no seating was allowed either – contrary to many of the festivals and gigs that are around these days – which made it both a tiring ‘stand up for 5 hours or sit on the ground and get trampled’ and don’t drink much, you can’t get near the bar!!!

My Lovely Husband thinks Shane has got a cheek charging good money for coming on, rambling to music for a few minutes and shuffling off again for a vodka top-up whilst more compos mentis members of the band take over – but it just wouldn’t be the same without him!!!

Pogue Mahone! 😉

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