Thom Moore
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Folk - Rock | Dublin, South Dublin, Ireland
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Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

Man lives in Sligo for a while, then goes away, to realize that the only place he ever belonged was there: he envies the people who feel the same way and still get to be there.

Story Behind the Song

Author lived in Sligo 1971-77, when economic logic took him first to Dublin, then back to California, where he realized his mistake.

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Lyrics

Believe Me, Sligo

On the road that runs from Sligo
back to town again,
round Knocknarea,
by Strandhill and the Glen,
in March?when sidelong twilight
sets the land aflame?
I used to wander: tell me,
where's the blame?

For I could not walk the town
for fear my heart would drown,
half-sunk a hundred times
by girlish frowns.
A stranger there
no stranger you will ever see
than me, who loves
all that in Sligo be.

Now, half the world between me
and that side-lit land,
I bless all those
in Sligo's dreaming stands
of sycamore and whin,
likewise the lucky man
who finds, as I,
his heart at her command.

I was born to walk the road
that runs from there to here,
to learn to love
and never have to fear,
for when I die
I shall have reached the common span
and learned the lessons
God has made for man.

Though time has turned my face
away from Knocknarea
and brought me far
from there and better days,
so long as I've a mind
for loving memory,
believe me, Sligo,
I will drink to thee.

So long as I've a mind
for loving memory,
believe me, Sligo,
I will drink to thee.

©1983 Thom Moore, reg. IMRO, MCPS

Song Length
3:36
Genres
Folk - Rural, World - Celtic
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Tranquil, Poignant

Subject Matter
Spirituality, Existence

Similar Artists
James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie
Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Thom Moore
Music Credits Thom Moore
Producer Credits Garvan Gallagher
Publisher Credits IMRO, MCPS, PRS
Performance Credits Thom Moore
Label Credits Sound Records, Sligo