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Nov 30, 2023 - 9:47:51 AM
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15929 posts since 12/2/2005

Shane MacGowan, lead singer, primary songwriter and occasional banjo player for The Pogues, has left this world.

That it happened so close to the Christmas holidays is somewhat ironic. This is one of his best known tunes:


Nov 30, 2023 - 10:58:27 AM
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2333 posts since 5/19/2018

One of a kind. R.I.P.

Nov 30, 2023 - 11:11:31 AM
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1460 posts since 11/26/2012

RIP Shane, I love your muisc, but it's an effen' miracle you lived as long as you did.

Nov 30, 2023 - 11:13:46 AM
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Nels G


20 posts since 7/13/2020

I was saddened by this news. A true original has left us. At one of the jam sessions I go to, we play Streams of Whiskey (a song MacGowan wrote) occasionally. We also play Dirty Old Town (a song the Pogues did). RIP Shane.

Nov 30, 2023 - 11:14:53 AM
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541 posts since 3/9/2017

We walked him to the station in the rain
We kissed him as we put him on the train
And we sang him a song of times long gone
Though we knew that we'd be seeing him again

Nov 30, 2023 - 11:38:31 AM
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10401 posts since 1/22/2003

Made me sad. I always liked this one too a lot:

The Snake With Eyes of Garnet

Nov 30, 2023 - 11:38:59 AM
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1 posts since 7/12/2023

Wrote some of my all time favorite songs. An artist, a wonderful writer.

Dec 1, 2023 - 2:17:48 PM
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92 posts since 3/1/2021

Absolute legend

Dec 2, 2023 - 6:08:47 AM

299 posts since 2/26/2012

I have been hearing him since 1986, a total genius, my favorite singer


Kisses for Victoria, Siobhan and Maurice

Dec 3, 2023 - 3:56:11 PM

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16842 posts since 1/28/2010


A quirkily creative sort. Too bad he was oblivious to his health. His teeth passed long before he did.

We played "Dirty Old Town" at the jam on Friday, in his memory.

Dec 9, 2023 - 11:07:23 AM

1897 posts since 4/25/2007

20 odd years ago I was working in Old Street, London fitting out a wine bar. We used to drive in about 5am to get an early start. We often saw Shane stumbling up the road past our site, probably on his way home. He always gave us a wave and a ragged smile. He was no stranger to building sites himself working a jackhammer for Murphy's when they were building Brent Cross shopping centre. Fine man he was.

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