"Life In A Tenement Square" as written by and David R King Bridget A Regan....
Well I kissed the day, I was on my way. From the these cold gray blocks of stone. For seventeen years of squalor filled tears. A time now with innocence lost. As the sun split the room. With it`s rays filled the gloom. Turnin` all hope to despair. And the only thing left. Was to flee from the nest. That was life in a tenement square... I remeber the song the rats sang along. And I danced for their daily bread. While the damp washed the walls. That were twenty feet tall. Not a child in the house was fed. On the porter filled face. Of the men left a trace. Of the coin they had already spent. While our mothers asked God. What was hell ever for. When you lived in a tenement square. Grab whats left of the coal. From the ol` cubbyhole. These cinders need more to be a fire. While the ghosts of the soldiers. That lived there before us.I hear them laugh, with their guns by their sides. Now politicians they dwell. In that forgotten hell. Our misery has been turned into muse. Where the fat of land. Now hog, hand in hand. A crime now of life was ever true. As the sun split the room With it`s rays filled with gloom. Turnin` all hope to despair. And the only one thing left. Was to flee from the nest. That was life in a tenemnt square...


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    General Comment<3. BOO to you cunts who don't comment.
    xJustinsWhoreExon May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBOO to you cunt who says nothing productive in their insult.

    The word tenement describes apartment buildings built specifically for multiple working-class families from the 1850s through 1929. These were oftentimes inhabited by poor immigrants, specifically Irish immigrants as this song describes.
    Cumhal Macarton April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, sounds like a hard life. I would liken it to living out in the Great Plains during those times. Poor people working off the land, hard as hell too.
    OpinionHeadon October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's talkin about the Tenement square a long time ago in asia? but im not 100% sure on that.
    Hoss13on March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the hardships of growing up in a Tenement Square, like Beggar's Bush, for example. Dave King grew up in a tenement square and this song is describing the things he saw going on when he was growing up.
    khayman1987on February 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNorth side of Dublin was well known for its tenement squares. They were built for the poor and the poor stayed poor within them.
    entire families would live in one room without heat, food or any chance of escape during the early and mid-20th century.

    this song is played in the special features of The Commitments, a movie about a Soul-cover band that emerges from this block of tenements in Dublin. I highly suggest it.
    johnathonfiskon April 08, 2010   Link

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