'Come On Eileen' Misinterpreted Admits Songwriter
Dexys Midnight Runners have conceded that the meaning of their 1980s hit 'Come On Eileen' has been misinterpreted for decades.
Songwriter Kevin Rowland, who previously stated the song was making a point about Catholic repression, has hinted it has a more straightforward meaning.
"Well.....the song wasn't really a call to arms against the cloistered climate of Catholicism...", admits Rowland before refusing to elaborate any further.
Rowland blames the unexpected success of the song itself for forcing the group into creating an elaborate cover story.
"We were a bit unsettled by the initial attention and wanted to protect Eileen's privacy....as soon as it became clear the song would be a hit, we put out a story about Eileen being a composite character and the song being inspired by Catholic repression.....", continued Rowland.
A spokesperson for the band refused to be drawn on whether they have remained in contact with Eileen.