The Wee House

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The Wee House:
The local Belfast pubs and social-clubs exist within the world of everyday living like a parallel universe. They are part of, yet separate from the big machine of industry and politics that drives our work and play. Many of the people I met in these shebeens had talents they never explored. In working class Belfast life is about work and the daily grind of putting food on the table for a family. People did not have the time, finances or the courage to step out of the grind to pursue any artistic talents…

© Ian Livingstone 2012


I picked myself off the floor and walked down to ‘The Wee House’,
It was half-eight on Sunday morning and the place was jammed.
The place was hiving with brilliant losers…just like me.

You see the girl who used to sing opera?
She’s just pissed herself.
She’s trying to stand up straight and keep her dignity.
She used to dream of singing at Covent Garden,
Now she’s walking through the Wee House with piss-stains on her dress.

But it’ll be alright when Tuesday comes, and the dole-cheque arrives.
I’m going to buy a ticket on the bus and go to the sae,
And watch the sun going down…over me.

It’s funny how things turn out – you look in the mirror and you’re young,
The next time you look you are older.

And there you sit in the corner.
You’ve just puked into your pint.
You’ve thrown it all over the floor, you just don’t care.
You used to be a musician in the West End,
Now you pick your guitar with a beer mat, as the old boys sings their songs.

But it’ll be alright when your claim comes through,
When you fell outside the ‘King Dick’,
And you stand to make about three grand,
And when we get it we’re going on such a bender.

It’s funny how things turn out – you look in the mirror and you’re young,
The next time you look you are older.

Sure, if you’re not marching then you’re fighting…

© Ian Livingstone 2012


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



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