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My song for you this evening
Is not to make you sad
Nor for adding to the sorrows
Of this troubled northern land
But lately I've been thinking
And it just wont leave my mind
I'll tell you about two friends one time
Who were both good friends of mine

Isaac he was Protestant
And Sean was Catholic born
But it never made a difference
For the friendship it was strong
And sometimes in the evening
When they heard the sound of drums
They said they wont divide us
We will always be as one

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

It was on a Sunday morning
When the awful news came round
Another killing had been done
Just outside Newry Town
We knew that Isaac danced up there
We knew he liked the band
But when we heard that he was dead
We just could not understand

Now fear it filled the countryside
There was fear in every home
When late at night a car came
Prowling round the Ryan Road
A Catholic would be killed tonight
To even up the score
Oh Christ, it's young MacDonald
They have taken from the door

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

Isaac was my friend he cried
He begged them with his tears
But centuries of hatred
Have ears that do not hear
An eye for an eye
That was all that filled their minds
And another eye for another eye
Till everyone was blind

Now I don't know where the moral is
Or where the song should end
But I wonder just how many wars
Are fought between good friends
And those who give the orders
Are not the ones to die
It's Scott and young MacDonald
And the likes of you and I

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together



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    Ann SmithMay 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm
    As stated above, the song was written by Tommy Sands and told of the horrific killing of two friends. The title of the song, 'There Were Roses' came from the roses that were laid in memory of the friends. It's said that there were so many roses, that they could be smelled from 3 miles away, and the fragrance lingered for many weeks afterwards.
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    UnregisteredAug 24, 2012 at 1:32 am
    This song was written about the troubles in northern ireland where catholics and protestants do not get along, and practically separate themselves from each other. However, efforts have been made to change that and bring about peace that the young generations so yearningly wish for. Projects such as the ulster project which brings teens from northern ireland over to various cities in the united states for the month of july to teach and show them how to get along and go about changing the ways of others at home are making great strides. I have hosted two girls (july 2011 and 2012) through the lake area ulster project and have personally been greatly touched and changed by the experiences i've had. It is truly a wonderful experience and am looking forward to hosting for my third, and sadly final (hosting ages are from 14-16), year this coming up summer. Creating unity amidst adversity.
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    UnregisteredJul 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    This song is about a catholic and protestant who wre good friends and wouldnt let religion seperate them then one of them is killed because of religion and the moral is to show that religion shouldnt matter and people shouldnt be killed because of their religion
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    UnregisteredMar 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    I think its too show that with all the troubles in ireland everyone is affected and also that two people from 'different sides' can be friends.
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    UnregisteredMar 14, 2012 at 8:42 am
    -this song was originally recorded by tommy sands, but later sang by cara dillon. It’s based on a real-life story that happened in londonderry, northern ireland.
    During the 1970’s and early 80’s in northern ireland was the time of ‘the troubles’ in which both catholic and protestants were fighting over their religion. Bombs and killings were just two of the many awful things that happened during those terrible years!

    So tommy wrote this song for his two really good friends isaac and sean and an incident that happened in the year of 1974.
    Isaac was protestant and sean was catholic, but unlike most people around that time.. They didn’t care about there religions. But one saturday night, isaac was murdered just outside the town of newry. As most would at the time, protestants ‘prowled’ round the ryan road to kill a catholic or to basically get their on back. Extraordinarily they chose to sean. He begged the protestants not too hurt him and explained that he was isaac’s friend.. But they didn’t care, they needed to kill a catholic to score points!

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