Northside of Belfast

Lyrics

Where the Clandeyboye O Niells crowned their chieftans
And the legendary Tone took his stand
Lies the jewel in the crown of my hometown
Where Swifts sleeping giant commands
Many years have passed me by since I left there
Where I lived out my boyhood and teens
But my heart will never rest in a strange land
I return there each night in my dreams

And I wander through the northside of Belfast
The Oldpark, the Grove and Whitewell
From the Limestone to the Milewater river
And the fine rocky cliffs of Cavehill

Now the tales are seldom told of your treasures
Your beautiful landscapes and parks
Or the views that can be seen from your mountain
To the west coast of Scotland afar
And the world not often hears of your people
Their warm friendly banter and charm
Or the stories of your brave unsung heroes
Who have made you the place that you are

Just to wander through the northside of Belfast
The Oldpark, the Grove and Whitewell
From the Limestone to the Milewater river
And the fine rocky cliffs of Cavehill

Well, you paid a heavy price, dear north Belfast
When the blood of your children was spilled
As you bore the tragic loss of your finest
From Ardoyne to old Carrickhill
Let me offer my salute to your spirit
In my heart it forever will burn
Let me hold on to the dear childhood memories
I will cherish until I return

Then I’ll wander through the northside of Belfast
The Oldpark, the Grove and Whitewell
From the Limestone to the Milewater river
And the fine rocky cliffs of Cavehill


Notes

Written by Éamonn Kinnie, a native of Belfast now living in Donegal


Song Clip


County

Antrim

Song Themes

Nostalgia

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