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Thread #40584   Message #2201837
Posted By: Mysha
25-Nov-07 - 12:22 PM
Thread Name: The Mero (explanation wanted)
Subject: RE: The Mero (explanation wanted)
Hello Rainer,

Some songs are written with words that do not explain things exactly. The writer leaves some stuff out, so the listeners can explain it in the way they like best. This is such a song; it doesn't have a precise meaning. But, of course, we can write out what it more or less means.

English is not my first language either, but it's something like this:

When I was a child, I would be afraid that a monster was under my bed
I would get scared, and I would call for help.
Joannie would come and bring a light, and she would show that there was nothing to fear
And I would be happy, and then she would leave.

Just like when I was young, children still sing and skip rope.
But as I'm not so innocent, I go to church a lot now.
For twenty years I didn't pray at all or even sing happily.
For I was really not innocent; I sinned a lot.

And we used to go to the cinema. Who else would be there?
There was a beggar who wore all his clothes, for he was a desperate man
The town fool pointed at busses, and then pretended to shoot
And he would be happy, and then he would leave.

My father wanted an Irish Republic, even if Northern Ireland was left out of it.
My mother wanted a British soldier, and she would make love to the soldier.
Nora was working at the Biscuit factory and Mary was never at home.
And I joined a labour union, when they said I should protest when the bosses did things that were wrong.

And we used to go to the cinema. Who else would be there?
The mayor was there if he was taking a walk; he was a decent man.
The town fool pointed at busses, and then pretended to shoot
And he would be happy, and then he would leave.

At that time I would feel rich if I had six pence for the cinema, plus the money I got for my Confirmation that was saved for later.
If Mary would have gotten pregnant from meeting a boy in the cinema, she could have said the Cisco Kid made her pregnant.
I would have a hang-over the next morning, and my trousers would need repairing.
If I saw a soccer player, I would shout "I hope you win!"

My uncle used to have a big scary dog
But a guy on the water side caught it and took it one day.
We used to bring money to school for the poor babys in Africa, and I learned enough in school to finish it.
I have also brought money to a whore house, and learned other things there.

And we used to go to the cinema. Who else would be there?
A writer would be taking a walk, or maybe he would be on his way to a lover.
The town fool pointed at busses, and then pretended to shoot
And he would be happy, and then he would leave.

But Dublin has changed since then: Nelson's pillar was blown up with explosives
And since then everybody has become much more agressive.
If we disagreed, we would hit eachother with clubs, but afterwards we would be friends again and drink together
But now they do just like the town fool, they point and shoot, but with real guns. People should not be killed just because they disagree.

If we now go into town, who else will be there?
My guardian angel must be with me; and everyone needs one these days.
Everybody is in a hurry, but I take the time to pray.
I will get rewarded by the church for my proper life, but I will get another drink as well.


                                                                Mysha