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Press Gang
The Murder City Devils Lyrics


PECKED BY THE SEAGULLS HANGING FROM THE GALLOWS
SWINGING IN THE BREEZE DRIPPING SOMETHING ON THE STREET
I CAN SEE HIM FROM MY WINDOW
THEY CAN SEE HIM FROM THE WATER
JUST A VICTIM OF THE PRESS GANG
I KNEW HIM WHEN HE WAS BREATHING
HE WAS A GOOD MAN, HE WAS A YOUNG MAN
HE WAS LIKE YOU, HE WAS LIKE ME
IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME, IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME
TWISTING IN THE BREEZE [CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
LEFT FOR THE CHILDREN ON THE STREETS[CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT.
HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE LEFT THAT SHIP
DON'T GO DRINKING DOWN BY THE DOCKS
YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU'LL WAKE UP
I KNEW HIM WHEN HE WAS BREATHING
HE WAS A GOOD MAN, HE WAS A YOUNG MAN
HE WAS LIKE YOU. HE WAS LIKE ME
IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME
IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME
TWISTING IN THE BREEZE[CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
LEFT FOR THE CHILDREN ON THE STREETS[CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
WOKE UP ON THE WATER,
NO ONE EVER ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED, TO GO
HE NEVER HAD ANY OPTIONS
HE WAS SMART
HE GOT OUT WHEN HE COULD
SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN THE PACIFIC
SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN THE PACIFIC
COULD HAVE HAD IT GOOD
ANY ISLAND WOULDN'T DO
I KNEW HIM WHEN HE WAS BREATHING
HE WAS A GOOD MAN, HE WAS A YOUNG MAN
HE WAS LIKE YOU. HE WAS LIKE ME
IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME
BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRESS GANG[CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRESS GANG[CUT HIM DOWN, CUT HIM DOWN]
CUT HIM DOWN CUT HIM DOWN

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Grettie Hilda

Pecked by the seagulls
Hanging from the gallows
Swinging in the breeze
Dripping something on the streets
I can see him from my window they can see him from the water
Just a victim of the press gang

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze 
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

He should have kept his mouth shut
He never shoulda left that ship
Don't go drinking down by the docks
You don't know if you'll wake up

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze 
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

Woke up on the water
No one ever asked him if he wanted to go
Didn't have many options
He was smart; he got out when he could
Shoulda stayed in the Pacific
Should have stayed in the Pacific
Could've had it good
Any island
Any island wouldn't do
Any island wouldn't do

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been you
It should've been me

But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
Cut him down, cut him down
Cut him down



Hammerheart

Pecked by the seagulls, hanging from the gallows
Twisting in the breeze, dripping something on the streets
I can see him from my window, they can see him from the water
Just a victim of the press gang

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze
(Cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the street
(Cut him down, cut him down)
On the street

He should've kept his mouth shut
He never shoulda left that ship
Don't go drinking down by the docks
You don't know if you'll wake up

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me



All comments from YouTube:

Héctor Monasterios

I just found this band on Spotify I don't even know how and it's one of the most interesting bands I've ever listened to, the combination between those raw guitars, the raspy voice and keyboards is just beautiful, damn, how did I never listen about these guys before

Russell Harper

A couple of them were in another band called Dead Low Tide. They’re more noise rock and experiment and they’re great too.

banhart

i have their skull/switchblade symbol tattooed and god help me thankfully I still love this band and don't regret it lol

HashMagician

Try Hot Water Music - Fuel for the Hate Game
Been listening to these two albums again lately... Great melodic emotional hardcore with a 'raspy' edge

Tha Dude

I haven't heard this song in 18 years. First time I've found it. Hell yeah still fuckin rocks

Grettie Hilda

Pecked by the seagulls
Hanging from the gallows
Swinging in the breeze
Dripping something on the streets
I can see him from my window they can see him from the water
Just a victim of the press gang

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze 
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

He should have kept his mouth shut
He never shoulda left that ship
Don't go drinking down by the docks
You don't know if you'll wake up

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze 
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

Woke up on the water
No one ever asked him if he wanted to go
Didn't have many options
He was smart; he got out when he could
Shoulda stayed in the Pacific
Should have stayed in the Pacific
Could've had it good
Any island
Any island wouldn't do
Any island wouldn't do

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been you
It should've been me

But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
Cut him down, cut him down
Cut him down

Don T. Ripfüller

Thanks

Nation777

This album helped me through a rough break up.......
I'm sorry Amber........
Thank you MCD!
Glad I was able to see yall live!!
Thanx Tiger!
Fuckn A!

Jake Witmer

This is great. I remember seeing announcements for The Murder City Devils some time from 1996 to 2000 in Chicago. Always thought the name was cool. Now, I find them from the Wikipedia article on "Impressment" or "pressganging," a form of military draft used by the British Navy...which forced the American colonists to kick their asses. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressment

MrBlueduds

I came across this song in the video That's it That's all and ever since, I always listen to it while snowboarding. It always gives me a shit load of energy.

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