The Town I Loved So Well

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 smell
Going home in the rain, running up a dark lane
Past the jail and down beside the fountain
Those were happier days in so many, many ways
In the town I loved so well

In the early morn the shirt factory horn
Called the women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the men on the dole played a mothering role
Fed the children and then waled the dog
And when times got rough, there was just about enough
But we 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 could all understand
I remember the day when I earned me first pay
And played in a small guitar 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 me a wife
In the town I loved so well

But when I returned, oh, my eyes, how they burned
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed out bars
And the gas that hangs on to everything
Now the army's installed by the gasyard wall
And their barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and their guns and oh, my God, what have they done
To the town I loved so well

Though the music has gone and though we must carry on
Our spirit's been bruised but never broken
We must never forget that our hearts are still set
On tomorrow and peace once again
Now 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 and blessed new day
For the town I Ioved so well

© Mews Music. Performed by The Dubliners. Written by Phil Coulter.