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Produced by the Waterboys frontman Mike Scott as The Saw Doctor's first single in 1989 this song about emigration quickly because the band's anthem. N17 connects Galway with County Mayo and County Sligo, passing through the Saw Doctors' hometown of Tuam. - wikipedia


    by Saw Doctors
    [D] Well I didn't see much [G] future
    When I [D] left the Christian brothers [G] school
    So I [D] waved it goodbye with a wistful [G] smile
    And I [D] left the girls of [G] Tuam
    And [D] sometimes when I'm remin- [G] iscing
    I see the [D] prefabs and my old [G] friends
    And I [D] know that they'll be [G] changed or gone
    By the [D] time I get home [G] again

    And I [D] wish I was on that [Bm] N [A] 17
    Stone walls and the grasses green
    Yes I [D] wish I was on that [Bm] N [A] 17
    Stone walls and the grasses green
    [G] Travelling with [C] just my thoughts and [D] dreams

    Well the ould fella left me to Shannon
    Was the last time I travelled that road
    and as I turned left at Claregalway
    I could feel a lump in my throat
    As I pictured the thousands of times
    That I travelled that well worn track
    And I know that things would be different
    If I ever decide to go back


    Now as I tumble down highways
    Or filthy overcrowded trains
    There's no one to talk to in transit
    So I sit there and daydream in vain
    And behind all these muddled up problems
    Of living on a foreign soil
    I can still see the twists and turns on the road
    From the square to the town of the tribes

    Chorus X2