Flogging Molly: Black Friday Rule Meaning
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Black Friday Rule Lyrics
So I dream of a man whose hopes never end
To kiss with a girl who's as lovely as you
I'd give you my heart, if you gave me the truth
And for every tear that is lost from an eye
I'd dig me a well where...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 7th 2006 report
This song is about dave king coming to America from Ireland. It mentions his divorce (I lost me a wife so I found me a plane), after which he leaves Ireland for America, more specifically, California, (where the buildings did shake but my heart did beat still). It has nothing to do with the bombings in Ireland in the 70's.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Aug 9th 2006 report
This song is about Dave King going through divorce and immigrating to America. He talks about it on their website in interviews. He couldn't go to ireland due to migration papers or leave america for that matter. Therefore, he was depressed that he missed his homeland.
anonymous Jul 5th 2020 report
This song is primarily about FM's singer, Dave King, coming to America from Ireland. It mentions his divorce "Well I lost me a wife, so I found me a plane, Flew all the way to California", after which he leaves Ireland for America, specifically California as the lyric above says, which is also supported by the lyric "The buildings they shake but my heart it beats still". Additionally, there is probably some connection to the date 5/17/1974 or "Black Friday". On May 17, 1974, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) exploded four bombs in the Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians, wounding 300 (it was the highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles"). Dave King was a kid living in Ireland during the troubles and the thought that he is not also referencing that is almost incomprehensible. This lyric is a call for a world where there is peace and safety "And for every tear that is lost from an eye I'd dig me a well where no man could destroy".
anonymous Feb 12th 2007 report
The major years the potato failed in Ireland was 1845-1852, puts it in the mid nineteenth century dumbass.
This song is indeed about Dave King, per his writings and the DVD Whiskey on a Sunday.
anonymous Jul 25th 2006 report
Possibly, the song refers to the may 17, 1974 bombing in dublin. 30-some people were killed, mostly women. The narrator of "black friday rule" leaves ireland after losing his wife in the bombing, and grieves as thousands probably did after the worst bombing in dublin's history. He is fleeing the troubles, but can't go back even though he wants to because there is nothing for home, no wife, no job. All he has is his grief, making him the king.
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