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Simple Minds: Belfast Child (up-scaled HD)

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Published on Mar 2, 2009

This is one of my favourite songs by a fantastic Scottish band. The song uses the music from the Irish folk song "She Moved Through the Fair" but has completely different words.

Jim Kerr recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits why he used the melody, "I first heard the melody (of She Moved Through The Fair) a few days after the Enniskillen bombing (when a bomb planted by the IRA exploded during a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, killing 11 people and injuring at least 63), and like everybody when you see the images I was sick. In the second part of the song, I'm trying to relate to people in Northern Ireland who lost loved ones. I'm trying to talk about the madness, the sadness and the emptiness. I'm not saying I have any pearls of wisdom, but I have a few questions to ask."

The video to the song was shot in black and white and displays poignant footage of children and the destruction of the bombing.

When my love said to me
Meet me down by the gallow tree
For its sad news I bring
About this old town and all that its offering
Some say troubles abound
Some day soon theyre gonna pull the old town down
One day well 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 Ive spent
With my faith in God the church and the government
But theres sadness abound
Some day soon theyre gonna pull the old town down

One day well return here,
When the belfast child sings again
When the belfast child sings again

Some come back billy, wont you come on home
Come back mary, youve been away so long
The streets are empty, and your mothers gone
The girls are crying, its been oh so long
And your fathers calling, come on home
Wont you come on home, wont you come on home

Ome back people, youve been gone a while
And the war is raging, in the emerald isle
Thats flesh and blood man, thats flesh and blood
All the girls are crying but alls not lost

The streets are empty, the streets are cold
Wont you come on home, wont you come on home

The streets are empty
Life goes on

One day well return here
When the belfast child sings again
When the belfast child sings again

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