"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 those 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 its rays filled with 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 remember the song where the rats sang along
And 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 what's left of the coal
From the old cubbyhole
These cinders need more to be a fire
While the ghosts of the soldiers
That lived there before us
Laugh with their guns by their side
I hear them laugh, with their guns by their side

Now politicians they dwell
In that forgotten hell
Our misery's been turned into mews
Where the fat of the land
Now hog, hand in hand
A crime now of life was ever true
As the sun split the room
With its rays filled with gloom
Turnin' all hope to despair
And the only thing left
Was to flee from the nest
That was life in a tenement square

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"Life in a Tenement Square" as written by David R King Bridget A Regan

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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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