Well I dident see much future
When I left the Christian Brothers School
So I waved it goodbye with a wistful smile
An I left the girls of Tuam
Sometimes when I'm reminiscing
I see the pre-fabs and my old friends
An I know that they'll be changed or gone
by the time I get home again
An I wish I was on that N17
(Stone walls and the grass is green)
Travellin with just my thoughts and dreams

Well the oul-fella left me to Shannon
Was the last time I travelled that road
And as we turned left at Claregalway
I could feel a lump in my throat
As I picture the thousands of times
That I travelled that well-worn track
I know that things will be different
If I ever decide to go back
An I wish.....

Now as I tumble down highways
Or filthy, over-crowded trains
There's no-one to talk to in transit
So I sit there and day-dream in vain
Behind all these muddled-up problems
Of living on a foreign soil
I can still see the twists, the turns in the road
From the Square to the town of the tribes
An I wish I was on that N17.......

Lyrics submitted by JJPW

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    General CommentThe N17 is the major road running from Sligo to Galway. At a left-hand turn in Claregalway the N17 joins the N18 which itself carries on to Shannon Airport. The N17 is the road a young person leaving the west of Ireland would likely take when emigrating.
    JJPWon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat the fuck are you JJPW?
    ShyBoysWinXOon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust an explanation to people who are not aware of the significance of this road to the West of Ireland, that's all!
    JJPWon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOhh okay
    Just wondering!
    ShyBoysWinXOon January 12, 2008   Link

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