#02490
The Town I Love So Well (Sons Of Erin) video
See also: The Town I Loved So Well (The Dubliners)
#619: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

In my memory I will always see,
The town that I have loved so well;
Where the school played ball by the factory wall,
And we laughed through the smoke and the smell.
Going out 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 love so well.

In the early morning, the shirt factory horn
Drawed women from Creggan, the moor and the bog;
While the men on the dole played a mother's role,
Fed the children and then trained the dog.
As times got rough there was just about enough,
But they saw through without complaining;
For deep inside was a burning pride,
In the town I love so well.

There was music there in the Derry air,
Like a language that we all could understand;
I remember the day when I earned my first pay,
And 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;
There I learned about life and I found a wife,
In the town I love so well.

But when I returned, how my eyes did burn,
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armored cars and the bombed-out bars,
And the gas that hangs on to every tree.
Now the army's installed by that old gas yard wall,
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher;
With their tanks and guns,
Oh my God, what have they done,
To the town I love so well?

Now the music's gone, but they carry on,
Their spirit's been bruised, never broken;
They will not forget, though their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again.
What's done is done and what's won is won,
And what's lost is lost and gone forever;
I can only pray for a bright blarney day,
In the town I love so well.

####.... Variant of The Town I Loved So Well by Phil Coulter ....####

This variant was arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (The Town I Love So Well, trk#11, 1978, Erinson Records, St John's, NL).

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A variant was also arranged and recorded as The Town I Love So Well by Harry Hibbs (Between Two Trees, trk#12, 1976, Hibbs Records, Toronto, Ontario).

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A variant was arranged and recorded as The Town I Loved So Well by The Dubliners (Plain And Simple, 1973; 15 Years On, 1977; Alive Alive O, 1997; and 40 Years, 2002).

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