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Pogues – Lorelei lyrics

You told me tales of love and glory
Same old sad songs, same old story
The sirens sing no lullaby
And no-one knows but lorelei
By castles out of fairytales
Timbers shivered where once there sailed
The lovesick men who caught her eye
And no-one knew but lorelei
River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see
I've thought of you in far-off places
I've puzzled over lipstick traces
So help me god, I will not cry
And then I think of lorelei
I travel far and wander wide
No photograph of you beside me
Ol' man river's not so shy
And he remembers lorelei
River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see
If I should float upon this stream
And see you in my madman's dream
I'd sink into your troubled eyes
And none would know 'cept lorelei
River, river have mercy
Take me down to the sea
For if I perish on these rocks
My love no more I'll see
But if my ship, which sails tomorrow
Should crash against these rocks,
My sorrows I will drown before I die
It's you I'll see, not lorelei



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    It seems as though he is singing to his lover, who may be dead. It also seems like "Lorelei" is the name of his ship. The chorus confuses it a little by also referring to the ship: "For if I perish on these rocks, My love no more I'll see" so perhaps he loves both the woman he knew, but also loves his ship, as a sailor. The last few lines somewhat support this 'if my ship. Should crash against these rocks. It's you I'll see, not Lorelei\'.
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