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Dita Lyr Req: The Dear Green Place (Adam McNaughtan) (29) RE: Lyr Add: Glasgow I belong to .. dear green place 10 Dec 04


Although I know Adam well, for my sins, I don't know this song. What's it recorded on? It is the most autobiographial song I've seen from Adam.

The verse about teaching in a housing scheme would, I guess, be about the time he taught at Garthamlock, near Easterhouse. These were new houses built in the sixties, on the NE outskirts of Glasgow, where folk who lived in tenements, in places like Duke Street, or the Gorbals were rehoused, in public owned homes which they rented.

Their old homes had a pub on every corner, shops on the ground level, and a community. The new houses had no pubs within walking distance, one central group of five or so shops for the whole scheme.

Houses, school, Church (one of each), thats your lot, TV has now been invented, what else do you need?

The nearest pubs were the Stepps Hotel or the Dalriada a bus ride away in the derection of town, or a car ride to the exotic delights of Gartcosh, an old village with real pubs.

John


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