Belfast Town (2)

Lyrics

We’ve barricades and jellygnite and gunmen walk the streets
We’ve CS-gas imported for our hungry kids to eat
Our towns and nells sand-castled now and the waves begin to pound
And I tell you, John, I’ve oftimes longed to leave old Belfast town

Oh Belfast is a City where decent men are few
Where drums and guns have mesmerized the working-man, it’s true
Where democracy means hypocrisy and corruption does abound
And I tell you, John, I’ve oftimes longed to leave old Belfast town

For long we’ve been exploited and often I’ve asked why
That men without compunction are allowed to bleed us dry
In many a filthy tenements, in districts falling down
And I tell you, John, I’ve oftimes longed to leave old Belfast town

Our minds are filled with poison and I fear it is too late
To wipe our walls of malice and the words that speak of hate
For freedom has been banished now and honest men put down
And I tell you, John, I’ve oftimes longed to leave old Belfast town

Oh well now, John, you’ve been and gone around the world to see
And have you found a country where a working man is free
Where there are no grasping landlords and no forces of the crown
Oh tell me, John, and I’ll be gone far from old Belfast Town


Notes

Belfast


Song Clip


County

Antrim

Song Themes

The Troubles

Songwriter