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Thread #24468   Message #280862
Posted By: Snuffy
19-Aug-00 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mrs Stein Don't Rent to Gypsies Any More
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: THIS TOWN IS NOT YOUR OWN (Healy)^^
Larry

I hope this one says it better. I couldn't find it in DT or Forum, but it IMHO ought to be there.

THIS TOWN IS NOT YOUR OWN
(Shay Healey Healy)

In a cloud of dust they roam,
Covered wagons down a country road,
Happy people laugh and sing
Or hear the bell of freedom rings awhile
And the countryside is their own.

Now the town it's drawing near
Parent's eyes begin to shift with fear
While their children still play on
Not knowing they can never settle down
And make the town their own.

Round the camp the fires are hot
Hungry children gather round the pot
But some will go to bed tonight
Without a bite of food or heat or light
'Cos the town is not their own.

And at the dawning of the day
People come and tell us "Go away
We don't want you likes here
You bring dirt, disease and to our children fear
Come on, get out, this town's not your own."

So once more we're on the run
Out to face the cruel winter sun
O land of saints and scholars, we
Have lost our precious gift of charity
And don't recognise our own.

Sung by Finbar and Eddie Furey.
The tune is very close to Ian Campbell's "The Sun is Burning In the Sky", but which came first?

MIDI file: TOWNNOT.MID

Timebase: 480

Tempo: 160 (375000 microsec/crotchet)
Key: F
TimeSig: 4/4 48 8
Name: This Town is Not Your Own
Text: C:Shay Healey
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:This Town is Not Your Own
M:4/4
L:1/4
Q:90
C:Shay Healey
S:Finbar & Eddie Furey
K:F
CD|
F3A|G3A|G4-|G2Ac|
f>gfe|c3B|c4-|c2de|
f>gfe|c3B|A>BcA|BAGF|G4-|G2FG|
A3A|(GF2)F|(F4-|{GFG}F2)||


Wassail! V
^^
Note from Joe Offer (27 May 2013): I have received an e-mail from Shay Healy, confirming that he wrote this song. The true name of the song is "THE TOWN IS NOT THEIR OWN," and it was recorded by Finbar & Eddie Furey, Jim McCann, and The Wolfe Tones. The song was written entirely by Shay Healy, Contact information: Shay Healy, Oisin/ Bardis Music
9 Prince of Wales Terrace,
Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4