Song of the Day Mar 1

March 1, 2024

This month I’m focusing on One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Today our song is:  Come On Eileen

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

There are various versions of the song; some, in addition to the main section, feature either a Celtic fiddle-solo intro or an a cappella coda, both based on Thomas Moore's Irish folk song "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms".

The main section begins with a Celtic-style fiddle played over a drum beat, with the bass guitar and piano providing accompaniment.

The lyrics of the song begin with the lines:

  • Poor old Johnnie Ray

  • Sounded sad upon the radio

  • Moved a million hearts in mono

  • Our mothers cried, sang along

  • Who would blame them?

Although often believed to have been inspired by a childhood friend with whom Kevin Rowland had a romantic, and later sexual, relationship in his teens, there was actually no real Eileen. "In fact she was composite, to make a point about Catholic repression."



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