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The Dubliners – The Town I Loved So Well lyrics

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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  • u
    I never hear this song without crying. I am also the child of a woman born in derry - a catholic married to an english protestant royal marine - an interesting combination! I lived in derry for just over a year in 1960 as an 8 year old, and played with both catholic and protestant children up on the bank behind bishop street, occasionally straying down to the gasworks - my mother had some sense and a huge heart. She didn't care whether people said derry or londonderry, and the people of derry loved my father - who loved derry right back and came off the boat train and walked to my granny's house on bishop street (by the grotto) in his uniform. Life wasn't easy after 1969 and my father didn't go back until 1981 for my granny's funeral. People I loved fell into 'the troubles' and derry was so sad. I will never forget the coach trips we went on as a child, and the truly beautiful irish music that became such a huge part of my childhood, and my life. Phil coulter has, for me, captured the essence of derry so beautifully.
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  • u
    I'm not Irish or Londonderry and never been at this green country, I don't know so much about Irish or British trouble where is the true who has a right, because we lived behind communist wall at this time, 5 thousand miles far away, but this song is nice, very personal and strong, very strong.
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  • u
    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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