The Road Not Taken

by Sons Of O'Flaherty

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released July 25, 2017

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Track Name: Dead and Gone
The day I take my leave, I want it to be shiny
I want it to be sunny, to be fun and to be groovy
I want people to dance, to drink and to shout loud and proud
“It won’t be the same now that he’s no longer yelling in the crowd”

I want the chicks to be topeless and one man riding a pig
I want y’all to wear funny hats and my boys to wear green
I want the Dropkick Murphys playing one hell of a gig
Maybe an episode of “Psych” being played on big screen

Cuz when I’m dead and gone I want my party to be restless
And everybody smiling to the trumpet of Louis Armstrong
Wanna get my kicks one last time with the sweet hoarse voice of Mike Ness
I want a kick ass funeral and all my friends to sing along
I want a kick ass funeral and all my friends to sing along

I want the finest beers to be served at the bar
And one gigantic lemon pie shaped like my guitar
Everyone eating pasta, and cookies everywhere
A sign on top of my coffin reading “Try me if you dare”

A punk rock merchandising, and a small tattoo stall
Two pretty english girls listening to Sick Of It All
A bunch of drunken germans and their fuckin emo core
A midget wearing a shirt reading “Your mom is a whore”

The day I take my leave I hope it be come soon
Maybe I’ll get to nod to the man on the moon
There’ll be no need to cry, just to laugh and to smile
And celebrate the fact that I am taking off in style

And after a while people will run along
Have one last drink, one last laugh and maybe one last song
The last one for the road, the funeral’s upbeat
We’ll see you soon, we’ll miss you and please keep us a warm seat
Track Name: Sam Hall
Oh me name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep, chimney sweep
Oh me name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep
Oh me name it is Sam Hall and I've robbed both great and small
And me neck will pay for all when I die, when I die
And me neck will pay for all when I die

I have twenty pounds in store, that's not all, that's not all
I have twenty pounds in store, that's not all
I have twenty pounds in store and I'll rob for twenty more
For the rich must help the poor, so must I, so must I
For the rich must help the poor, so must I

Oh they took me to Cootehill in a cart, in a cart
Oh they took me to Cootehill in a cart
Oh they took me to Cootehill and that's where I made my will
For the best of friends must part, so must I, so must I
For the best of friends must part, so must I

Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke, that's no joke
Up the ladder I did grope, that's no joke
Up the ladder I did grope and the hangman pulled the rope
And ne'er a word I spoke, tumbling down, tumbling down
And ne'er a word I spoke tumbling down

Oh me name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep, chimney sweep
Oh me name it is Sam Hall chimney sweep
Oh me name it is Sam Hall and I've robbed both great and small
And me neck will pay for all when I die, when I die
And me neck will pay for all when I die
Track Name: The Lucky Ones
Maybe we’re the lucky ones, cuz we don’t do what we’re told
Maybe we’re the lucky ones, cuz we don’t put our lives on hold
Maybe we’re the crazy ones, to think that we will do this well
Maybe we’re the crazy ones, to think that we can avoid hell

Friday night, rehearsing with my crew
Saturday night, in stage in front of you
Monday morning first CD coming out
Monday night celebrating with a stout

Cuz we are never gonna give up,
No matter how long is the road, no matter were we end up
Cuz we are never gonna cop out
I don’t care how hard it will be, my songs I’ll always stammer out


Maybe we’re the lucky ones, cuz we don’t do what was planned
Maybe we’re the stupid ones, for trusting in the Promised Land
Maybe we’re the callow ones, for wanting to take the road not taken
Maybe we’re the crazy ones, hearing songs that were never written


All for one, and one for all
We believe as hard as we aim high
And if one day we should fall
Again we will try
Track Name: Once Upon a Binge
Clearly I can say I've seen better days
I've seen better weeks, better months, better years
I think I will do what my mama says
« Suit up, get a real job and go into second gear »
Days like these there's nothing you wanna do
But stay under the blanket with a hot chocolate
Then your buddy texts he wants to take you to
The new pub in town, which will make you forget

So come on let's have a drink, let's get wasted who cares?
Open your ears, pour me a beer, that might make jive
So come on let's have a drink, let's get wasted who cares?
Tonight we own the place, tonight we drink cuz we're alive

Pub's overcrowded and first round's not on me
A cute little blondie has come within my sight
John's trying to cheer me up he's telling me
« Come on smile, look all around, your friends are here tonight »
Freakin zoo out there, there's guys playing cards
One pees all the time, one drools when he talks
Some are playing pool, others are playing darts
There are weird tattooed guys playing trad and making dumb jokes

One dude hits on every girl in the pub
No one wants to kiss him but I have more luck
The cute little blondie offers me a back rub
As time goes by I can assure, tonight I'm gonna FUCK
I'm feeling better, tonight nothing goes wrong
Pints are piling up, tomorrow I'll skive
I'll wake up with a headache, and a coated tongue
I don't care I screw it all, I drink cuz I'm alive
Track Name: Saint or Sinner
They look me in the eyes and they call me their friend
While I try not to count all the money they spend
On liver failure, bad avice and countless lost evenings
I don't care what they think or say it's death I'm selling

They tell me all about their boring job and sorry life
"Kids are expensive and did I tell you about my wife"
While they stay at home, worrying and wishing it would cease
The hours of wondering why or when, the broken promises

Am I a saint or a sinner?

They look my in the eyes and they call me a hero
Why the hell would they make me the star of the show?
Cuz I don't recall glitter or a camera in the trench
As much I recall the fear, the darkness and the stench

They look me in the eyes and they call me a good man
They thank me for doing the very best that I can
I really wish it was as easy as they make it sound
I truly pray they never know that feeling of being drowned
Track Name: Red Wine Teeth
It is not the first time I've seen you around here
With your washed-out jean vest and your musical gear
A sadness in your eyes, an over-rehearsed smile
It's pretty clear that you've been that way for a while

You speak loud and you laugh, you put on quite a show
And them pints piling up, can you even say no ?
You may fool everyone, but w play the same game
I know damn well you're not half as much as you claim

Who are you looking at with your judgmental gaze
You're not better than me, we're lost in the same maze
I see you for who you are with your red wine teeth
I see you for the fraud that you are

You talk to everyone who will listen to you
But you're only taken seriously by a few
You act like you don't care, you learned that a while back
It helps you make up for the confidence you lack

Oh the things that it takes to get you to confess
You are there because you're afraid of loneliness
Of failure that is looking you into eyes
Of your present and future, of your own demise
Track Name: Fields of Athenry
But a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling
Michael they have taken you away,
For you stole Trevelyan's corn
So the young might see the morn,
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

Low lie, The Fields Of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing,
Its so lonely round the Fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
'Nothing matters Mary, when you're free'
Against the famine and the crown,
I rebelled, they brought me down
Now its lonely round the Fields of Athenry

By a lonely harbour wall
She watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely round the Fields Of Athenry
Track Name: The Better Claim
Honey there's a few things I'd like to confess
Ever since you left me my life's been a mess
I don’t understand, please just tell me what went wrong
I really believed that you and I got along

Darling I have a couple of things to say as well
First of all I didn't just leave you for the smell
The sight too, your disputable sense of style
Your obvious unwillingness to take me down the aisle

We weren't meant to be

I met you, I loved you, you were all I hoped for
I gave you all I had, everything I had in store
I met you, I loved you, and your loss I'll deplore
But things changed, now this can't go on anymore

You're the one that left me and yet you kept Durschwal
Your german dog can go to hell and so can all your pals
They’ll see you on the way, aren’t you the one that runs the place ?
You wonder why I left, even your jokes are a disgrace

Do you realise you broke my heart into pieces ?
Do you realise you never once did the dishes ?
What about my mom, she’s so sad she even cried
Funny, so did mine, with amazing tears of pride
Track Name: Glory Days
Woke up one morning in an unknown bedroom
It felt strangely familiar, like I've been there before
The clock on the night table read half past noon
My back burnt, my head hurt, my whole body felt sore

Whose voice is it I hear calling my name?
Who are these people staring at me on the wall?
I don't have a clue if I'm supposed to know them
Everything's blurry I don't remember at all

I am now facing an old wrinkled man, his life has come and passed and his skin's there to show
That even though his glory days might be far behind, there's no regrets to have and no will to let go

On my chest is an oak tree with a heart carved on it
Where two lovers' names are still there decades later
On a branch is written august the 5th
For the day you took me for worst or better

On an another I can read a boy's name and a date
A reminder of the best gift you ever gave me
On my hand a wind rose so that I won't forget
I need to keep moving if I want to stay free

This one stands for my belief in animal rights
And this is for the ones who aren't here anymore
This one was never anything but a pretty sight
All constant marks of what I have always lived for

Now all that is left is the ink on my skin
And that bottle of whisky I probably drank
I'm not sure who I am, I'm not sure where I've been
Try as I might I am drawing a blank
Track Name: Love Me
Say does my hair look rad, should I work it some more ?
Anything I can add, is some more gel called for ?
And what hat should I wear , a beret or a cap ?
I want people to stare, I want people to clap

There's a stain on my shirt, I need to throw it quick
I will not look like dirt, not in front of my clique
They respect me you see, I will not let them down
What will they think of me if I look like a clown

Love me, respect me, don't let all my efforts go to waste
Love me, even adore me, it might rub off on you if you show people that you have good taste

I play in a punk rock band cause I'm told that it's cool
Don't own a guitar stand but my Gibson'll make you drool
We are pretty well known in our nice little town
And if I hear you groan you'll get more than a frown

I'll act like a nice guy if you come to my show
But I won't tell you « hi » if I see you around though
I'll smile at you a bit if I'm having a good day
I just don't give a shit, so be good and walk away

But please love me, respect me, give me what I deserve and then some
Love me, even adore me, I'll try to bang your girlfriend and if she's hot introduce me to your mom
Track Name: The Townspeople
There's an old house by the riverside
And through the window on some cold winter nights
You can make out an old wrinkled man
And if you do, boy, stay away from the lights

Hide in the bushes, run as fast as you can
As if the reaper it was coming for you
Keep on running when your last breath comes
Get out of there boy, oh you haven't a clue

Cuz if he takes you with him, no one will find you again
You can forget you ever saw the light of day
You'll be a memory, a name on a bottle of milk
I don't know that it's true but... that's what the townspeople say

I heard his wife died, I heard he killed her himself
He knocked her out good and he buried her alive
In the garden, under the lavender plant
I heard'em say that's why the flowers they thrive

When the wind blows and when the moon is full
If you're unlucky you can hear the cries
Of the ones that didn't run fast enough
So boy don't get caught by the devil in disguise

There's an old town by the riverside
And through the windows on some cold winter nights
You can make out the townspeople but
Boy if you do please stay away from their sight