Town I Loved So Well – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Town I Loved So Well describe Phil Coulter’s upbringing in Derry and how the city was later devastated by the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The chords for The Town I Loved So Well are given here in the key of A Major. The F#m and Bm add extra texture but they are optional. For those who find those chords difficult, A and D work perfectly well. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.


A 
In my memo
E 
ry I will  
D 
always 
 
 
A 
see
 
The  
D 
town that  
A 
I have loved so  
E 
well
 
Where our  
A 
school played  
E 
ball by the  
D 
gas yard  
A 
wall
 
And we  
D 
laughed through the  
A 
smoke 
 
 
E 
and the  
A 
smell.
 
Going  
A or F#m 
home in the  
E 
rain running  
A 
up the Dark Lane
 
Past the  
D or Bm 
jail and down behind the  
E 
fountain
 
Those were
A 
happy 
 
 
E 
days in so  
D 
many, many  
A 
ways
 
In the  
D 
town I  
A 
loved 
 
 
E 
so 
 
 
A 
well.

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In the early morning the shirt factory horn
Called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the man on the dole played the mother’s role
Fed the children and then walked the dog.
And when times got tough there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
In the town I loved so well.

There was music there in the Derry air
Like a language that we all could understand
I remember the day that I earned my first pay
When I played in the small pick-up band.
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I’d learned about life and I found a wife
In the town I loved so well.

But when I’ve returned how my eyes have burned
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed-out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze.
Now the army is installed by that old gas yard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and their guns, oh my God what have they done
To the town I loved so well.

Now the music’s gone but they carry on
For their spirit’s been bruised never broken
They will not forget but their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again.
For what’s done is done and what’s won is won
And what’s lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright brand-new day
In the town I loved so well.

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[A]In my memo[E]ry I will [D]always [A]see
The [D]town that [A]I have loved so [E]well
Where our [A]school played [E]ball by the [D]gas yard [A]wall
And we [D]laughed through the [A]smoke [E]and the [A]smell.
Going [A or F#m]home in the [E]rain running [A]up the Dark Lane
Past the [D or Bm]jail and down behind the [E]fountain
Those were[A] happy [E]days in so [D]many, many [A]ways
In the [D]town I [A]loved [E]so [A]well.

In the early morning the shirt factory horn
Called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the man on the dole played the mother’s role
Fed the children and then walked the dog.
And when times got tough there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
In the town I loved so well.

There was music there in the Derry air
Like a language that we all could understand
I remember the day that I earned my first pay
When I played in the small pick-up band.
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I’d learned about life and I found a wife
In the town I loved so well.

But when I’ve returned how my eyes have burned
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed-out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze.
Now the army is installed by that old gas yard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and their guns, oh my God what have they done
To the town I loved so well.

Now the music’s gone but they carry on
For their spirit’s been bruised never broken
They will not forget but their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again.
For what’s done is done and what’s won is won
And what’s lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright brand-new day
In the town I loved so well.

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