come on Eileen

come on eileen

Artist: Dexys Midnight Runners
Album: Too-Rye-Ay
Released: 1982

Awards: Brit Award for British Single
Genres: Alternative/Indie, Pop

Songwriters: James Paterson / Kevin Adams / Kevin Rowland

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come on eileen

Come on, Eileen
Come on…

Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
But he moved a million hearts in mono

Our mothers cried, sang along,
who’d blame them
You’re grown (so grown up)

So grown (so grown up)
Now I must say more than ever
(Come on, Eileen)

Too ra loo ra too ra loo rye aye
And we can sing just like our fathers
Come on, Eileen, oh I swear (what he means)

At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah, come on, Eileen
Come on…

These people ’round here
Wear beat down eyes sunk in smoke dried faces
They’re resigned to what their fate is

But not us (no, never), no, not us (no, never)
We are far to young and clever
Too ra loo ra too ra loo rye aye

And you’ll hum this tune forever
Come on, Eileen, oh, I swear (what he means)
Ah, come on let’s take off everything
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)

Ah, come on let’s, ah, come on, Eileen
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let’s, ah, come on, Eileen, please

Come on, Eileen, too rye aye
Come on, Eileen, too rye aye
Now you’re full grown
Now you have shown

Oh, Eileen

Said, come on, Eileen
These things are real and I know
How you feel

Now I must say more than ever
Things ’round here have changed
I say, too ra loo ra, too raloo rye aye

Come on, Eileen
Oh, I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything

You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah, come on, Eileen

Oh, come on, come on
Oh, I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything

In that dress, oh, my thoughts I confess
Well, they’re dirty
Come on, Eileen

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He’s playing a St. Patrick’s Day tribute to the band on Sunday.

Like most Americans, acclaimed outside the box rocker Ted Leo found Dexys Midnight Runners through their 1982 crush “Come on Eileen.” And then like most Americans, he quickly disregarded them.

It wasn’t until the mid-’90s, while fronting the mod-punk gathering Chisel, that Leo investigated Dexys.

The etch was drawing on what Leo calls “essential sources” like The Jam and The Clash, and he was astounded to adopt exactly how conveniently Dexys opened into that ancestry of impacts.

“The more seasoned you get the more individuals you converse with,” says Leo, who’ll observe St. Patrick’s Day by fronting a 10-piece Dexys tribute band this Sunday (March 17) at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

“You’d hear these bits of gossip, at any rate in those days, of the legendary ‘great Dexys records.’

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So that ended up one of those back-of-my-mind things, to dependably be searching for those records. Furthermore, they were, actually, great.”

What Leo found the more profound he ran with Dexys was a gathering that left the British punk scene of the late ’70s and built up a new solid established in ’60s R&B.

As a music fan, Leo valued that combo, and as the child of an Irish mother, he related to the Celtic twists and gestures to Irish pride that has dependably been available in Dexys’ music.

It was bounty barely noticeable all that while Leo was experiencing childhood in New Jersey during the ’80s.

All anybody knew was “Please Eileen,” a cheerful chime in so superbly odd and infectious you figure it must be some sort of joke.

The tune conveyed strings and banjos to top 40 radio and beat the Billboard Hot 100 for one great week in 1983.

A great part of the achievement was because of the music video, which highlights Dexys having a beggar road corner celebration in loose overalls.

It was only the sort of silly clasp that could make a band’s profession at the beginning of MTV.

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After that, Dexys never scored another U.S. hit. They’ve since been branded with the one-hit-wonder tag and even got dissed in the classic 1993 “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” episode of The Simpsons. Upon learning his group has beaten Dexys for a Grammy, Homer tells Lisa, “Well, you haven’t heard the last of them.”

But as with many oddly dressed British bands that blew up thanks to MTV, there’s more to Dexys than one hit song.

When they came on the scene, they played soul music with the same youthful aggression The Specials and their 2 Tone brethren brought to ’60s Jamaican ska.

The horns on Dexys’ stellar 1980 debut album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels are so powerful it feels like “Big” Jim Paterson’s trombone is going to punch through the speaker and poke you in the eye.

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