Poetry Challenge #7 05/08/2012 THE BELFAST CHILD

When my love said to me
Meet me down by the gallow tree
For it’s sad news I bring
About this old town and all that it’s offering
Some say troubles abound
Some day soon they’re gonna pull the old town down
One day we’ll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again

Brothers sisters where are you now
As I look for you right through the crowd
All my life here I’ve spent
With my faith in God the Church and the Government
But there’s sadness abound
Some day soon they’re gonna pull the old town down

One day we’ll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again

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Some come back Billy, won’t you come on home
Come back Mary, you’ve been away so long
The streets are empty, and your mother’s gone
The girls are crying, it’s been oh so long
And your father’s calling, come on home
Won’t you come on home, won’t you come on home

Come back people, you’ve been gone a while
And the war is raging, in the Emerald Isle
That’s flesh and blood man, that’s flesh and blood
All the girls are crying but all’s not lost

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The streets are empty, the streets are cold
Won’t you come on home, won’t you come on home

The streets are empty
Life goes on

One day we’ll return here
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again


A song by Simple Minds The Belfast Child was a NO1 in 1989. The song talks of the times when the troubles were at their worst .

This is a very poignant portrayal of the worst of  The Troubles. It is set to the tune of the Irish folk song “She Moved Through the Fair“, but has completely different words. Jim Kerr wrote the song a few days after the Enniskillen bombing  a bomb planted by the IRA exploded during a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, killing 12 people and injuring at least 63.

A Sad and poignant song telling of the grief and waist of a country divided, family on family senseless pointless war faring.

Poetry Challenge #7 is to create a journal of links and your reactions to poems by established (living or dead poets.) Details are here.  Example response is here. Mr. Linky for Challenge #7 is directly below:

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stephenedwards425
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 17:38:35

    Good to “see” you again. 🙂

    Be encouraged!


  2. Ian Moone
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 05:06:01

    I remember this, 1989 not a great year for my Town either at 16 I left school and started a new YTS potion as a mechanic. Two years later at 18 got kicked out of home 😦


    • willowdot21
      Aug 06, 2012 @ 06:28:22

      Yes hard times all round. I am sorry that you had it so hard. Hope you are friends with your parents now. The feelings from your poetry is of angst. I hope you are okay 🙂


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