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written about Coulter's childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland and The Troubles
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    Town I Loved So Well, The

    by Phil Coulter
    In my [G] memo- [D] ry I will [C] always [G] see
    the [C] town that [G] I have loved so [D] well
    Where our [G] school played [D] ball by the [C] gasyard [G] wall
    and we [C] laughed through the [G] smoke [D] and the [G] smell
    Going [Em] home in the [D] rain, running [C] up the dark [G] lane
    past the [C] jail and down behind the [D] fountain
    Those were [G] happy [D] days in so [C] many, many [G] ways
    in the [C] town I [G] loved [D] so [G] well

    In the early morning the shirt factory horn
    called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
    While the men on the dole played a mother's role,
    fed the children and then walked the roads
    And when times got tough there was just about enough
    But they saw it through without complaining
    For deep inside was a burning pride
    for the town I loved so well

    There was music there in the Derry air
    like a language that we all could understand
    I remember the day when I earned my first pay
    And I played in a small pick-up band
    There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
    I was sad to leave it all behind me
    For I learned about life and I'd found a wife
    in the town I loved so well
    But when I returned how my eyes have burned
    to see how a town could be brought to its knees
    By the armoured cars and the bombed out bars
    and the gas that hangs on to every tree
    Now the army's installed by that old gasyard wall
    and the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
    With their tanks and their guns, oh my God, what have they done
    to the town I loved so well

    Now the music's gone but they carry on
    For their spirit's been bruised, never broken
    They will not forget but their hearts are set
    on tomorrow and peace once again
    For what's done is done and what's won is won
    and what's lost is lost and gone forever
    I can only pray for a bright, brand new day
    in the town I loved so well