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Simple Minds — Belfast Child
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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

So 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, through 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
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Just when you think it's over... he goes off again. The reverb makes it even worse.
pookergill wrote:
was this thing recorded in a cave?
Yeah, the legend says they spent some time up Nick's bottom in the early nineties.
New Gold Dream now!
:puke:
:notworthy: The whole CD is great ! :notworthy: For me it's definitely a 10 !!!
Is he singing to us from the bottom of a well? And if so, is Zamfir and his panflute down there with him? I knew that the English were capable of great crimes against Ireland, but placing people at the bottom of wells? What next? :wink:
crowhog2000 wrote:
my favorite SM tune :clap: :sunny:
So you are the Masochist, and RP is the Sadist?
Hopedaddy wrote:
We wanna be U2! Oh, wait, the Alarm wants to be U2. We wanna be the Alarm!
Simple Minds used to be nicknamed U3 ... very apt, especially regarding their later stuff
pyxxel wrote:
Hmmmmmmmmmmm........ I can relate to people calling this "drivel rock".... and YES there is something horribly wrong with the acoustics, it shouldn't sound like this... sounds like SOMEONE sent it through a reverb... BUT: - Having seen them live in the Eighties... - Having been to Belfast a few times... - Knowing the traditional Celtic song this is based upon... - Knowing their Scottish origin... - Having loved Kerr and the Minds for ages... ...I can relate to it totally. This song would always get a 10 from me. Sorry folks!! :D PS - PLEASE though - look for the original recording, this sound is just annoying and ruins it.
Oh, you're the person who thinks Richard Thompson plays Irish music ... it shouldn't surprise me that you like derivative cr*p like this ... awful cash-in on tragedy. Shame, cause Simple Minds were good once ... Nothing personal, mate ... just do your homework
Hmmmmmmmmmmm........ I can relate to people calling this "drivel rock".... and YES there is something horribly wrong with the acoustics, it shouldn't sound like this... sounds like SOMEONE sent it through a reverb... BUT: - Having seen them live in the Eighties... - Having been to Belfast a few times... - Knowing the traditional Celtic song this is based upon... - Knowing their Scottish origin... - Having loved Kerr and the Minds for ages... ...I can relate to it totally. This song would always get a 10 from me. Sorry folks!! :D PS - PLEASE though - look for the original recording, this sound is just annoying and ruins it.
My gosh! This is just beautiful...
Something about those pipes that remind me of home :sunny.gif:
Please turn off this condescending, derivative cr*p :puke: Ah, that's better - I just have ....
pookergill wrote:
was this thing recorded in a cave?
The one I've got of this (on vynil) didn't have the cave-man vocals, I wonder where they came from?
my favorite SM tune :clap: :sunny.gif:
catsoup wrote:
Is it just me, or is this a rip-off of the song in Return of the King during Denethor's dinner? ;-)
Think this song may have come out a bit before ROTK. Great one!
was this thing recorded in a cave?
catsoup wrote:
Is it just me, or is this a rip-off of the song in Return of the King during Denethor's dinner? ;-)
At the risk of being an anorak, I think Simple Minds stated at the time of release that it was a re-working of She Walks Through the Fair a traditional Irish folk song that was popularised by Fairport Convention in the late sixties. :yawn:
mmmMMMmmm...cheesy!
the phrasing (not the words ) of the melody reminds me a bit of The Doors - The End ( Can you picture what will be So limitless and free Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand In a...desperate land )
catsoup wrote:
Is it just me, or is this a rip-off of the song in Return of the King during Denethor's dinner? ;-)
Is is just me, or is this a rip off of "One Tree Hill" by U2 ?
Wow, I thought that was amazing. I am very very impressed.
We wanna be U2! Oh, wait, the Alarm wants to be U2. We wanna be the Alarm!
Is it just me, or is this a rip-off of the song in Return of the King during Denethor's dinner? ;-)
Wow! First SM heard on RP! KUTGW!
When does this song start?
gilbo wrote:
Not enough Simple Minds Played. Give us New Gold Dream!
That is one of my favorite albums of all time. Brilliant. I always listen to it in its entirety. I think Jim Kerr said about Street Fighting Years that they tried too hard to fill every moment; you can hear that on this song, big time. Nevertheless, some great songs. Saturday Girl was a sad little B-side from one of the singles.
agoston wrote:
play it again, pls
never again please. never ever.
agoston wrote:
play it again, pls
Totally agree. Not enough Simple Minds Played. Give us New Gold Dream!
8) where's my stash!
play it again, pls
Similar to Morning Dew by the Dead.
Originally Posted by LobsterGirl: what a pretty song! i saw them in concert in chicago in '92, still love 'em! :clap:
I too saw them, '89 Wembley Stadium - Great Gig... :bounce:
what a pretty song! i saw them in concert in chicago in \'92, still love \'em! :clap:
Great song. I loved this band in the mid to late 80\'s. Seems they have not lost the appeal! THX RP
This is diferent
excellent song!
Simple Minds have always been a great band! Good song! :clap:
Liked the atmospheric feel. Is this new? What\'s the story on this song?