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This song is performed by Flogging Molly and appears on the album Drunken Lullabies (2002), on the album Whiskey On A Sunday (2006) and on the live album Live At The Greek Theatre (2010).
This song is featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
This song is available as a downloadable track for the video games Rock Band Reloaded, Rock Band 2 and Rock Band 3.
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Must it take a life for hateful eyes to glisten once again?
Five hundred years like Gelignite have blown us all to hell
What savior rests while on his cross we die? Forgotten freedom burns
Has the shepherd led his lambs astray to the bigot and the gun?

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again?
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singing drunken lullabies

I watch and stare as Roisin's eyes turn a darker shade of red
And the bullet with this sniper lie in their bloody gutless cell
Must we starve on crumbs from long ago through bars these men made steel?
Is it a great or little thing we fought, knelt a conscience blessed to kill

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again?
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singing drunken lullabies

Ah, well maybe it's the way we're taught
Ah, but maybe it's the way we fought
But a smile never grins without tears to begin
For each kiss is a cry we all lost

Though nothing is left to gain
But for the banshee that stole the grave
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singing drunken lullabies

I sit and dwell on faces past, like memories seem to fade
No color left but black and white, and soon will all turn gray
But may these shadows rise to walk again with lessons truly learnt
When the blossom flowers in each, our hearts shall beat a newfound flame

Must it take a life for hateful eyes
To glisten once again?
'Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singing drunken lullabies

NotesEdit

One of the more misunderstood lines in Gaelic punk is the line involving "Róisín's eyes." It is often misspelled in multiple ways including Rosin, Roshin, and others. It refers to [Róisín Dubh], an ancient poem about the Personification of Ireland most famously translated from Irish Gaelic into English by the Irish Nationalist Padraig Pearse. The subject is again mentioned by Flogging Molly in their song To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh).

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