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Thread #25615   Message #974941
Posted By: Jim Dixon
02-Jul-03 - 01:20 AM
Thread Name: Req: christy moore - 'She alone holds the key'
Subject: Lyr Add: SCAPEGOATS (E. Cowan / Christy Moore)
Here's SCAPEGOATS, but it doesn't contain the line Mike quoted.

Lyrics copied from

(E. Cowan / Christy Moore)

Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny Walker,
Billy Power, Dick McIlkenny--that's their names.

There was five men playing poker on the Heysham train.
Fate was dealing them a cruel hand.
Hugh Callaghan was walking home through the evening rain
Not knowing what lay in store for him.

You'll find traces of nitro on cigarettes and matches,
On Formica tabletops and on decks of playing cards.
When forensic found traces on the hands of these six men,
The police drove up from Birmingham and they were hoping the case was closed.

Have you ever seen the mugshots that were taken
After forty-eight hours in custody?
Battered and bruised, haunted looks upon their faces.
The Judge accepted they confessed willingly.
Please take another look at what you see.

If you tell me my family are being terrorised,
Keep me awake for six days and nights, confused and terrified,
In the lonely dark of night I'll swear that black is white,
If you'll let me just lie down and close my eyes.
I'll sign anything if you'll let me close my eyes.

Scales of justice, balance up your act.
Am I talking to myself or to the wall?

Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny Walker,
Billy Power, Dick McIlkenny--scapegoats all.

For sixteen years, they've been talking to the wall.

[Sung by Christy Moore on "Smoke & Strong Whiskey" 1991.]