She was the youngest of four daughters,
and she married way too fast,
in the days when vows were iron -
and you had to make them last.
But her father was a bruiser,
and he bruised them twice a week.
She couldn’t live the life her mother had,
and turn the other cheek.
So when she turned sixteen, she started counting off the days
- til she could find herself a husband, and finally get away.

He was a farmer with big farmer’s hands,
and she met him at a dance.
She set her sights upon him,
and he never stood a chance.
She thought the price of being choosy
was to live upon the shelf,
and she thought he’d do the job
as well as anybody else.
And when they both stood at the altar, he said he’d never let her down -
he had a farm and forty acres, either side of the road to Fivemiletown.

That first year the river burst its banks,
and half the countryside was drowned.
all the food that he had planted
lay and rotted in the ground.
He’d come home at night exhausted,
and lie dead between the sheets,
and she’d lie all night and listen to
the roaring of the beasts,
and it was dark - as dark as being lost and never found.
You wouldn’t even know your eyes were closed or open on the road to Fivemiletown.

Once upon a time she thought the world
would be hers to wrap her arms around.
Now she makes the bed, and lies back down.

She drew a disappearing heart, when there was no-one else around,
on a steamed-up kitchen window - looking out on the road to Fivemiletown.

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    My InterpretationI don't know whether the lyrics are based on a true story but it certainly does mirror a life of not one but two generations subject to apparent abuse. The song tells the story with intricate interwoven lyrics of an abusive husband whose youngest daughter, in an attempt to escape a horrendous home life, marries somewhat prematurely into a relationship where she too seems to have become trapped perhaps for different reasons.

    I imagine there aren't many songs written about the small village and townland of Fivemiletown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is 16 miles east of Enniskillen and 26 miles west-south-west of Dungannon with a population in 2008 of 1,356. The song describes a false concept of marriage, physical abuse, idealism of relationships, risk and uncertainty in business and a trapped lifestyle. The song has a relaxed and appealing tune and brings the listener into difficult lives and fades out hauntingly to the sound of a passing car possibly on the road to Fivemiletown!
    robertcousinson May 24, 2016   Link

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