Song of the Day, February 26: I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day by the Pogues

PoguesRSLManMeetToday’s song is I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day by the Pogues. This traditional Irish song appears on their powerful second album, Rum Sodomy and the Lash. It’s a rare track in that bassist Cait O’Riordan provides the lead vocal, something she only did on two songs. She left the band shortly after the album came out to tour with — and eventually marry — its producer, Elvis Costello.

The song has all the elements of a great Pogues song: drinking, boasting, and solid Irish roots. It’s an unusually quiet track for the band, but O’Riordan’s delivery is spot on, capturing the essence of the thing beautifully. The song’s narrator is Jock Stewart, a wealthy landowner sitting in a pub offering to buy everyone drinks because he’s such a swell guy.

I have acres of land I have men at command
I have always a shilling to spare
So be easy and free when you’re drinking with me
I’m a man you don’t meet every day

Enjoy this delightful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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