The New Streets Of Derry

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As I walked home through the new streets of Derry
A song unbidden came to my mind
Its syllables matched my falling footsteps
Beneath a grey blue morning sky

The architecture was unfamiliar
And from small gardens strange gnomes did strain
But although money has enlarged our dwellings
The hearts of our people they remain the same

As I walked on from the top of ardgrange
Down past where grangemore was the first to land
I thought of peoples my loved and near ones
And how they navigate this strand

To me it’s simple tonight at least I
Have sipped and nibbled yet have had my fill
And on front doorsteps and under canvas
Have danced and wandered at the full moon’s will

I raise my hat to the cats and pigeons
And lightly stepping observe a cab
He’s heading up – I’ll catch him after
When fareless down the hill he‘ll cross my path

As I walked home through the new streets of derry
I bring to mind olden monstrosities
The gutted abbatoirs and ice cream parlours
With cool blue tiles and muted screams

And where the desperate face of foyleside
And the millennium whoredom raise their skirts
There are wells so deep No man’s hand may chart them
Where 15 centuries of sailors have been laid

I do recall up on the high steps
Of the Mourne Bar in nineteen and eighty six
I told a young girl a half moon was beautiful
And she looked at me then like I was thick

I saw her once in Lisnagelvin
My sister nudged me and said see her there
I recognised her from her strong features and
The unchanged black crown of her hair

As we grow old now our city changes
The one we built inside our heads as weans
But the city of our hearts surpasses
All planners constitutional and concerted campaigns

As I walked home though the new streets of derry
I remixed and pixelated the nights events
And I am resolved that since not I
It is Derry surely that is heaven sent


from The Raw Deal, released April 3, 2011



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Teknopeasant Donegal, Ireland

Teknopeasant aka Conor O'Kane is a Banjo-shredding blues-punk mountain-man preacher for the post-apocalyptic generation. His no-holds-barred assaults on consumer society, greedy agricultural practises and pointless political labyrinths work through the innterplay of musicality, humour and rage. His gentler side comes across in his beautiful folk songs and country-blues tinged tales of caravan life ... more

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