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belfast child


composer
Traditional.
Arrangement: Simple Minds
Lyrics by: Simple Minds
Traditional / Words by: Kerr / Burchill / MacNeil / Gaynor / Giblin (Post 2013 credit)


publisher
© 1989 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (Post 2013 credit)


background
"One night we had a huge row in the studio. Trevor was getting nervous and said: "I think I can cut it down to three minutes and forty-nine seconds." He played it and I said: "What's the point in doing it?" but at least he gave me the attitude of what I was going to be up against, particularly in America." - Jim


lyrics
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.



discography
Edit (5:11)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

Ballad Of The Streets EP Single-Sided 7" Promo Ballad Of The Streets EP 7" Promo Ballad Of The Streets EP CD Promo Ballad Of The Streets German CD Promo</A>
<A HREF=Greatest Hits + CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 2CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Australian Promo 2CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + US CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Canadian CD Icon Promo CD Icon CD Celebrate: The Collection CD

Album Version (6:40)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

Ballad Of The Streets EP 12" Promo Ballad Of The Streets EP CD Promo Ballad Of The Streets EP 7" Ballad Of The Streets EP MC Ballad Of The Streets EP 12" Ballad Of The Streets EP CD Ballad Of The Streets EP Limited Edition Box Ballad Of The Streets German CD Promo</A>
<A HREF=Ballad Of The Streets EP German 12" Ballad Of The Streets EP German CD Ballad Of The Streets EP Jukebox 7" Ballad Of The Streets EP Italian Jukebox 7" Street Fighting Years Promo 7" Box Set Street Fighting Years Promo MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Promo CD Box Set Street Fighting Years LP Street Fighting Years MC Street Fighting Years CD Street Fighting Years US Promo MC Street Fighting Years Limited Edition MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Limited Edition CD Box Set Street Fighting Years Picture CD Themes Volume Four Theme Sixteen: The Ballad Of The Streets CD Theme Sixteen: The Ballad Of The Streets MC Glittering Prize 81/92 Instore CD Glittering Prize 81/92 LP Glittering Prize 81/92 MC Glittering Prize 81/92 CD Glittering Prize 81/92 DCC Glittering Prize 81/92 French CD Glittering Prize 81/92 French CD Glittering Prize 81/92 Australian MC Glittering Prize 81/92 US Promo MC Street Fighting Years MiniDisc The Promised CD# Street Fighting Years Reissue CD Simple Minds Box Set The Best Of ... (Sampler) Selections From The Best Of The Best Of Simple Minds CD2 Promo The Best Of US Promo The Best Of The Best Of SACD The Best Of Night Of The Proms Special Remastered Edition The Platinum Collection CD Gift Pack Limited Edition Themes 15-17 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five The Best Of Donna Moderna cover CD Five Album Set Classic Album Selection

Live Version (15th Sep 1989) (8:18)
Recorded: Verona, Italy
Producer: Stephen Lipson

Live And Rare CD

Live Version (13th Aug 1991) (9:20)
Recorded: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Produced by Stephen Lipson
Engineered by Heff Moraes
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth

Real Life 12" Real Life CD Real Live 91 Fanclub CD Silver Box Promo CDR #4 Silver Box Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box Mexican Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box Themes 21-24 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five Themes Volume Five

Live Version (3rd November 2009) (3:18)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (5th November 2009) (3:34)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (7th November 2009) (3:37)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th November 2009) (3:38)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (19th November 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player




videography
Edit (5:14)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant


Belfast Child promo video Glittering Prize 81/92 Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD

Live Version (15th September 1989) (8:11)
Recorded: Verona, Italy
Producer: Stephen Lipson

Verona Promo Video Verona Video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona Promo DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona DVD Gift Pack - Limited Edition 2xCD 1xDVD Gift Pack - 2xCD 1xDVD




downloads
Live Version (3rd November 2009) (3:18)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th November 2009) (3:34)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th November 2009) (3:37)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th November 2009) (3:38)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (19th November 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




live history
Street Fighting Years Tour: 1989
Germany: 1990
Real Life Tour: 1991
Good News From The Next World Tour: 1995
Festival Tour: 1997
Night Of The Proms: 1997
Neapolis Tour: 1998
Grand Prix Night Of The Proms: 2001
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Night Of The Proms: 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Festival Tour: 2004
Intimate Tour: 2005
Black And White Tour: 2006
Night Of The Proms: 2008 Spring Dates
Night Of The Proms: 2008 Winter Dates
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Night Of The Proms: 2011
Greatest Hits Forest Tour: 2011
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Night Of The Proms: 2016
Night Of The Proms: 2016