The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Before and After #309: Shane MacGowan

Before

After

8 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

So. fucking. sad. The Pogues were he last band I had any real emotional investment in.

Spiracle said...

Still with us though...

mister muleboy said...

I'm an alcoholic, so I tend to credit alcohol with a lot of "power" -- perhaps more than it warrants.


But I suspect alcohol had something to do with Shane's life path.

Call me crazy . . . .


[appropriate follow-up comment: ya think?]

swac said...

A friend of mine got backstage after a vintage Pogues show once, and described MacGowan as "the drunkest man I've ever met."

Frank Coleman said...

Booze is good food, and good for you!

swac said...

At work, rest or play, booze helps you through your day.

marietta said...



" Wonderful World",( Cave a,Macgovern)hurts me so unerträglich,that i want crying vever ending.

Fiddlin Bill said...

McGowan's "Xmas Eve in the Drunk Tank" duet with Ms McColl is one of the great pieces of late 20th Century music. Maybe he had to live the way he did to get to that moment? What's sad is that he couldn't get out of the labyrinth. Compare, e.g., Anita O'Day at her moment of sublimity, "Sweet Georgia Brown," 1957, Newport, RI, and her fortitude in finally kicking heroin 15 years later, and then her show at Ronnie Scott's, 1986. Just sayin'.