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Belfast:
About ordinary family life in Belfast and the effects the troubles had on the everyday.

© Ian Livingstone 2012

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(Scene #1: Ravenhill Avenue)

During the ’74 Workers Strike, he set off for work one morning,
He reached the top of the street where he was beaten by ‘the boys’,
He’d both his legs and arms broken…
…by tattooed hands with nails bitten to the quick,
That would be tonight around the hips of a fat arsed girl.

In Belfast; where you had to keep looking over your shoulder.
In Belfast; where an ‘aitch’ or a ‘haitch’ could get you killed.
In Belfast; where the women cry but the men keep it all in.
My Belfast: you nearly had me… you nearly had me.

(Scene #2: Millisle)

Sitting in the back of the car, we’re driving to Millisle,
We’ll be in ‘Little Shankill’ in about half an hour,
They’ll give me a couple of quid, then they’ll hit the ‘First & Last’,
For an afternoon’s drinking,
I’d sit outside on the pavement and watch the people going by,
It was my favourite thing to do,
Then I’d go back into the pub and beg them to take me home,
And we’d all get in the car and drive all the way back to Belfast…

…where you had to keep looking over your shoulder.
In Belfast; with the Prods and the Taigs and the Glens and the Blues.
In Belfast; where the women cry but the men keep it all in.
My Belfast: you nearly had me… you nearly had me.

Sure it’s old but it is beautiful.
Soldiers are we....

© Ian Livingstone 2012

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from belfastsongs (the demos), released June 4, 2012

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