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You’re the Measure of My Dreams

You’re the Measure of My Dreams
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This lyric comes from one of my favorite songs, “Rainy Night in Soho” by The Pogues.

I’ve linked to two versions below. The first is the original version by The Pogues. It’s played at a faster tempo and has more instruments.

The second version is a cover by Damien Dempsey. He slows down the song and is accompanied by two musicians from The Dubliners.

I think the slower tempo and minimalistic accompaniment really emphasize the romantic lyrics. In fact, when I first heard Damien’s version I immediately found the guitar tabs online so my husband could play it for me! Can we say spoiled? 😉

 

Here is The Pogues version:

 

Here is Damien Dempsey’s version:

 

Here are the song lyrics (copyright 1991, Shane McGowan):

I’ve been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I’ve cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways
We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms
I sang you all my sorrows
You told me all your joys
Whatever happened to that old song
To all those little girls and boys

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
But there’s a light I hold before me
And you’re the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

Sometimes I wake up in the morning
The gingerlady by my bed
Covered in a cloak of silence
I hear you in my head
I’m not singing for the future
I’m not dreaming of the past
I’m not talking of the fist time
I never think about the last

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still there’s a light I hold before me
You’re the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

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