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How Well Do You Know These Famous Irish Songs?

You’ve been singing along with them for years, but how well do you *really* know the lyrics.

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1. The Pogues, A Rainy Night In Soho
while; days; hours
time; years; days

life; minutes; seconds
year; streets; lanes
2. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Falling Slowly
swaying; home; time
sinking; home; time

sinking; home; life
shaking; out; wine
3. The Dubliners, Dirty Old Town
fuel; liffey; old school
old; canal; country

plant; school lane; hospital
gas; canal; factory
4. The Boomtown Rats, I Don't Like Mondays
silicon; chip; flicked
semitone; clip; flicked

silicon; chip; switched
million; whip; switched
5. The Cranberries, Zombie
heart is: time; violence
mother's; heart; violence

love's; he; violins
ex; life; violence
6. Westlife, Flying Without Wings
deny; lost; awful
deny; found; magic

deny; found; special
deny; found; simple
7. Thin Lizzy, The Boys Are Back In Town
big-boot; pay; guys
wild-looking; play; boys

wild-eyed; say; cats
mad-eyed; say; boys
8. U2, Where The Streets Have No Name
storm; disappear; heavy
dust; dissolve; stormy

dust; disappear; poison
storm; disappear; pounding
9. Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U
seven; sixteen; love
seven; fifteen; love

eleven; thirteen; love
fourteen; six; love
10. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
excitement; best
adventure; first

passion; last
the thrill; most
11. The Sultans of Ping FC, Where's me jumper
John Kennedy; cemetery
Winston Churchill; old mill

Karl Marx; people's park
Peter Pan; chip van
12. The Saw Doctors, I Useta Lover
Bothár; forty-eight; coffee
Concern; twenty-four; water

Concern; forty-eight; water
Bothár; twenty-four; soup
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David Elkin

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