Thousands Are Sailing Karaoke - The Pogues

This title is a cover of Thousands Are Sailing as made famous by The Pogues

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The CDG format (also called CD+G or MP3+G) is suitable for most karaoke machines. It includes an MP3 and synchronized lyrics.

This universal format works with almost any device (Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Connected TVs...)

This format is suitable for KaraFun Player, a free karaoke software. It allows you to turn on or off the backing vocals, lead vocals, and change the pitch or tempo.

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With backing vocals (with or without vocals in the KFN version)

Tempo: variable (around 126 BPM)

In the same key as the original: A

Duration: 05:27 - Preview at: 02:34

Release date: 1988
Genres: Folk, Pop, In English
Original songwriter: Philip Chevron

All files available for download are reproduced tracks, they're not the original music.

Lyrics Thousands Are Sailing

The island it is silent now but the ghosts still haunt the waves
And a torch lights up a famished man whom fortune could not save
Did you work upon the railroad?
Did you rid the streets of crime?
Were your dollars from the White House?
Were they from the five and dime?
Did the old songs taunt or cheer you and did they still make you cry?
Did you count the months and years or did your teardrops quickly dry?
Ah, no, says he, 'twas not to be on a coffin ship I came here
And I never even got so far that they could change my name
Thousands are sailing across the western ocean
To a land of opportunity that some of them will never see
Fortune prevailing across the western ocean
Their bellies full their spirits free they'll break the chains of poverty
And they'll dance
In Manhattan's desert twilight in the death of afternoon
We stepped hand in hand on Broadway like the first man on the moon
And "The Blackbird" broke the silence as you whistled it so sweet
And in Brendan Behan's footsteps
I danced up and down the street
Then we said goodnight to Broadway giving it our best regards
Tipped our hats to Mister Cohan dear old Times Square's favorite bard
Then we raised a glass to JFK and a dozen more besides
When I got back to my empty room
I suppose I must have cried
Thousands are sailing again across the ocean
Where the hand of opportunity draws tickets in a lottery
Postcards we're mailing of sky-blue skies and oceans
From rooms the daylight never sees where lights don't glow on Christmas trees
And we dance to the music and we dance
Thousands are sailing across the western ocean
Where the hand of opportunity draws tickets in a lottery
Wherever we go, we celebrate the land that makes us refugees
From fear of Priests with empty plates from guilt and weeping effigies
And we dance to the music and we dance

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