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In my memory I will always see
The town that I have loved so well
Where our 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 Craigeen the Moor and the Bog
While the man on the dole played the mother's role
Fed the children and then trained the dogs.
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 the 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 I'd learned about life and I found a wife
In the town I loved so well.

But when I returned how my eyes have burned
To see how a town could be brought to it's knees
By the armored cars and the bombed-out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze.
Now the army's 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 music's gone but they carry on
For their spirit's been bruised never broken
They will not forget but their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again.
For 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 brand-new day
In the town I loved so well.

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    UnregisteredMar 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    Never heard a song so close to me heart it brings a tear to me eyes every time i hear it
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    UnregisteredSep 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    wise up irishbyname and learn your history. They arrived as peacekeepers and kept the peace they did otherwise God only knows what state the place would be in now...
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    UnregisteredSep 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    The first time i heard this song was in a crowded, noisy pub. Everybody around was laughing and talking. I was just stood there in the middle of them, my jaw dropped, thinking "am i the only one who can hear this! "
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    UnregisteredJul 15, 2012 at 10:31 am
    I know that this beautiful song is about londonderry/derry and the northern irish conflict. However,i have to live far away from my hometown because of my work. I can only go home once a month. I used to be very happy in my hometown,all the beautiful memories haunt me. Yesterday i arrived in mátészalka by bus,i was listening to this song and my eyes were full of tears...
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    UnregisteredMay 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    I think it means the life of derry and growing up there moving away and coming back to see the troubles going on there and derry getting ruined with the bombs and tanks oh my god what have they done to the town i loved so well

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