When my love said to me
Meet me down by the gallow tree
For it's sad news I bring
About this old town and all that it's offering
Some say troubles abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down

One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again

Brothers, sisters where are you now
As I look for you right through the crowd
All my life here I've spent
With my faith in God, the Church and the Government
But there's sadness abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down

One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again

Some come back, Billy, won't you come on home
Come back Mary, you've been away so long
The streets are empty, and your mother's gone
The girls are crying, it's been oh so long
And your father's calling, come on home
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

Come back people, you've been gone a while
And the war is raging, in the Emerald Isle
That's flesh and blood man, that's flesh and blood
All the girls are crying but all's not lost

The streets are empty, the streets are cold
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

The streets are empty
Life goes on

One day we'll return here
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again



Lyrics submitted by kanis

"Belfast Child" as written by James Kerr, Michael Joseph Macneil, Charles Burchill

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:dont know the traditional original song, but this is a masterpiece!
    LeChuckon June 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:This song was adapted from a traditional piece of music. I don't think there's any doubt as to what it means if you are from the British Isles but I guess a lot of young people today would be unaware of the internal war within Ireland. People fighting each other over religion. It turned what was a beautiful place into a series of wastelands.

    I find it to be a sad, yet uplifting song. It's a song of hope.
    SacrificialNewton January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:the song is she moved through the fair
    dawnfireon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:The famine is over. Why don't you go home?
    Arcadian_Boyon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Best simple minds song, no doubt about it
    musiclvr36on May 13, 2009   Link

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