LONELY (Song for the Disappeared).
A song by Randall Stephen Hall ©2009.
I’m lonely, I’m lonely
Some friendship I seek.
I’m down in the ground
Near the rock by the peak.
They bundled me up now
Just after the bang.
I’d a headache for weeks
From their gun in the van.
My name is young Billy, Paul, Anthony, Drew.
My face in the papers, well I’m winkin’ at you.
They lost my young soul way out in the bog
No X marks the spot.
Do you own any dog? (for I’m lonely).
I’m lonely, I’m so lonely
Operator won’t you please
Won’t you pick up my call.
I’m lonely, but I’m smiling at you.
No change in my pocket
But I’ve got a lovely view.
I used to be young now.
I once had a name.
I remember my roll
In Old Harry’s Game.
But I said the wrong thing.
Said it in the wrong place.
They fingered me out.
Taxi’d me to this place (where I’m lonely).
Up High Town and Divis, Ballygowan and Doagh.
There’s many a road has it’s cluster of ghosts.
Dumped from a car.
Like a seed in the ground.
Waiting to grow
Like a flower that you’ve found
Like a flower you’ve found.
*Any humour in this song has been used with respect in mind for anyone who has suffered in this way.
When I was growing up in Belfast you would hear stories on the news of people being left out on the edge of Belfast. Along with the old cars and the tired bedsteads, the un-wanted and the no longer needed.
Killed during the troubles. Some, never to be found again.
Their voices no longer heard. Their faces never seen again, other than smiling out from the page of a newspaper or on a local T.V. news report.
This song appeared from nowhere one day, like a phantom phone call. So this is what the words are based on.
The idea of someone trying to get in touch, not realising that
they can’t make that call by using a telephone. For they have no change nor do they have the means to move the coins.
Though we, still have ears to listen.
We still have that second chance to hear.
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