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Thread #5975   Message #566481
Posted By: GUEST,Marian
06-Oct-01 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: songs by Tommy Sands
Subject: Lyr Add: THERE WERE ROSES (Tommy Sands)
Hi again!

I forgot to post "There were roses" written by Tommy Sands. It's one of the songs we don't play although I think it's a very good one, it's one of my favourites right after some songs of the Battlefield Band

THERE WERE ROSES

My song for you this evening it's not to make you sad
It's not for adding to the sorrows of this troubled northern land
But lately I've been thinking and it just won't leave my mind
To tell you of two friends one time who were both good friends of mine
Allan Bell from Benagh he lived just across the fields
A great man for the music and the dancing and the reels
O'Malley lived in South Armagh to court young Alice fair
And we'd often meet on the Ryan Road and the laughter filled the air

Refrain
There were roses
Roses
There were roses
And the tears of the people ran together

Though Allan he was protestant and John was catholic born
It never made a difference for their friendship it was strong
And sometimes in the evenings when we heard the sound of drums
We said it won't divide us for we'll always be the ones
For the ground our fathers ploughed in, the soil it is the same
And the places where we say our prayers have just got different names
We talked about the friends who died and we hoped there'd be no more
It's little when we realized the tragedy in store

It was on a Sunday morning when the awful news came round
Another killing had been done just outside Newry town
We knew that Allan danced up there, we knew he liked the band
But when we heard that he was dead we just could not understand
We gathered at the graveside on that cold and rainy day
And the minister he closed his eyes and he prayed for no revenge
And all the ones who knew him from along the Ryan Road
They bowed their heads and they said a prayer for the resting of his soul

Refrain

Well, fear it filled the countryside, there was fear in every home
When a car of death came prowling 'round the lonesome Ryan Road
A catholic would be killed tonight to even up the score
Oh christ, it's young O'Malley that they've taken from the door
"Allan was my friend", he cried, he begged them with his fear
But centuries of hatred have ears that cannot hear
'An eye for an eye' was all that filled their minds
And another eye for another eye till everyone is blind

Refrain

So my song for you this evening it's not to make you sad
It's not for adding to the sorrows of this troubled northern land
But lately I've been thinking and it just won't leave my mind
To tell you of two friends one time who were both good friends of mine
I don't know where the moral is or where this song should end
But I wonder just how many wars are fought between good friends
And those who give the orders are not the ones to die
It's Bell and O'Malley and the ones like you and I...

So I hope this songtexts will help you for the moment John Hyaduck! I couldn't find the text of Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed on my computer, but I have it somewhere printed. I will search for the paper and then type it in for you!

Bye, Marian