Song Lyrics

The Town I Loved So Well

 

In my memory I will always see
the town that I have loved so well.
After school played ball
by the gasyard wall
and we laughed through the smoke
and the smell.
Going home in the rain
running up the dark lane
past the jail and down behind the fountain.
Those were happy days
in so many many ways
in the town I loved so well.

 

In the early morning
the shirt factory horn
called women from the Creggan,
the Moor and the Bog
while the men on the dole
played the motherīs role
fed the children and then trained the dog.
And when times got tough
there was just about enough
but they saw it through without complaining.
For deep inside
was a burning pride
in the town I loved so well.

 

There was music there in the Derry air
like a language that we all
could understand.
I remember the day
that I earned my first pay
when I played in a small pick up band.
There I spent my youth
and to tell you the truth,
I was sad to leave it all behind me.
For Iīd learnt about life
and Iīd found a wife
in the town I loved so well.

 

But when I returned
how my eyes have burnt
to see how a town could be brought
to its knees
by the armed cars
and the bombed out bars
and the gas that hangs on
to every breeze.
Now the armyīs installed
by that old gasyard wall
and the damned barbed wire
gets higher and higher.
With their tanks and their guns
oh my God what have they done
to the town I loved so well.

 

Now the musicīs gone
but they carry on
for their spiritīs been bruised
never broken.
They will not forget
but their hearts are set
on tomorrow and peace once again.
For whatīs done is done
and whatīs won is won
and whatīs lost is lost and gone forever.
I can only pray
for a bright brandnew day
in the town I love so well.