THE JUNCTION (Paul O’Brien)

 

Yesterday I took a ramble

Back where I was small

Passed beneath the railway bridge

And down the old East Wall

I ran into an old friend

Now she’s a mother and a wife

And those half forgotten memories

Started coming back to life

 

HELP ME MARTINA TO REMEMBER

THE PLACES AND THE NAMES

AND CAN YOU TELL ME WHY I’M MISSING

ALL THE CHILDREN AND THE GAMES?

HELP ME MARTINA TO REMEMBER

BECAUSE NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SUMMERS?

WILL THEY EVER COME AGAIN?

 

Remember playing relive-i-o

And chasing down the lanes

And how the windows rattled

With o the passing of the trains

And we’d go down to the Fairview

To watch the matinee

Then over by the bandstand

How I loved those Saturdays

 

I’m sure Joss Bolland in his archway

Is wondering what’s the score?

By the bridge and down the meadow

You won’t find houses anymore

That embankment seems much lower

They’ve blocked off all the lanes

And the junction’s long forgotten

Like the rumble of the trains

 

Yesterday I took a ramble

Back where I was small

Passed beneath the railway bridge

And left the old East Wall