2 THE POGUES AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZ­ING MATILDA

Mojo (UK) - - What Goes On! -

(From Rum Sodomy & The Lash, Stiff, 1985)

“This ac­count of a sol­dier’s ex­pe­ri­ence [in 1915 in the Dar­danelles, writ­ten by Eric Bogle] is one of the great anti-war songs. It’s not preachy or soap­boxy. I felt I knew this in­di­vid­ual – the ac­tor in me saw how much Shane [MacGowan] had got in­side that man, and the ac­com­pa­ni­ment’s as sim­ple and di­rect as his de­liv­ery. You have to par­tic­i­pate. You go ev­ery­where with it, you see Johnny Turk, the corpses… I felt like it could have been me, and I know it off by heart. It’s the most Scors­ese ver­sion of the song, bring­ing out the real psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age. It’s the only record that’s made me cry.”

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