The Pogues: “Thousands Are Sailing”

Posted: March 20, 2018 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Thousands are Sailing” – The Pogues
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Patrick Clifford vs. East Wall vs. Puck & Piper

Broccoli For Miles
And Miles And Miles
And Miles And Miles …
Oh Yeah!

Phenomenal song, simply phenomenal!!! Let me be clear, there is simply no way to improve upon The Pogues’ masterpiece. In some ways it seems foolhardy that lesser bands even attempt the task. Not sacrilegious, mind you, but seemingly self-defeating, impractical and ultimately foolish.

But in the immortal words of Hunter S Thompson, “But the ticket, take the ride”. So go ahead. You’ve got much to prove and might as well start making a name for yourself tonight. March on up to the cadre of Hells Angels at the end of the bar and slug the biggest one in the latissimus dorsi. Just please wait until I’m at least 15 miles down the road before you cash in that ticket …

The Original

The Pogues:


The Cover Songs Competition


Forget the naysayers! C’mon mate. That big dirty bastard is ripe for the taking …


Patrick Clifford vs. East Wall vs. Puck & Piper


Patrick Clifford:

East Wall:

Puck & Piper:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?



  1. RDubbs says:

    Tough one between East Wall and Puck & Piper, both of which knocked out spirited and formidable covers. East Wall.

    BTW: Feel sorry for that lass whose shadow pops up repeatedly in the Puck & Piper video. She obviously took one tab too many and thought she was at a Dead show.

  2. Kerry Black says:

    The Patrick Clifford clip looks like it was recorded on a cell phone, so I was skeptical at first. But I ended up liking it more than I thought. I like the mandolin part.

    Didn’t really care for the East Wall version. Didn’t care for the vocals.

    I didn’t realize there were Moscow based Celtic bands. I almost think I should vote for them just for that.

    Patrick Clifford is the surprise winner today.

  3. Cuspid says:

    Puck & Piper all the way. That bass is awesome. It really propels the song forward. The other two versions are competent enough. But they don’t seem to really get going. Puck & Piper hit the ground running and maintain the pace all the way. The Russian accent is a nice twist on the sentiment of the song too.

  4. bornunderabadsign says:

    Yes, P&P… the other two about put me to sleep…the bass and drums of P&P woke me up!

  5. Pete Black says:

    I liked the playing of Puck and Piper but the vocal didn’t deliver any of the emotional impact of the song for me. I liked the instrumentation of East Wall but the vocals were so “tired old man in an amateur folk band.” I liked the simple delivery of Patrick Clifford.

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