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Northern Land

This song is by John Illsley and appears on the album Never Told a Soul (1984).

Many years living hell
Has left it scars
Armies march to settle the score
A bell tolls behind closed doors

Headlines full of priests and martyrs
And shady financial deals
Religion holds its banner high
Hungry man prepares to die for his freedom

They'll come a day when you'll be free Northern Land
The band will play your folk songs Northern Land
Caught in his crossfire is it any wonder
We don't understand

Across the water the devil's daughter
Her scheming hands
With calls for Trailors and Acts of Treason
Peacemakers pay lip service to reason

Divided we stand, divided we fall
Divided we fail
How can hang on to the same old lie
When so many men are willing to die for their freedom

You're the ones we talk about you're the ones we fear
Northern Land
Not a place to walk about no nature trail Northern Land
Caught in your crossfire is it any wonder
We don't understand

Sticks and stones have broken bones
On these battered streets
Military games-manning barricades
Are what young boys are made of

With your father in a prison cell
And a brother lost
Hard for a child to understand
Why so many men are willing to die for their freedom

They'll come a day when you'll be free Northern Land
The band will play your folk songs Northern Land
Caught in this crossfire is it any wonder
We don't understand

You're the ones we talk about you're the ones we fear
Northern Land
Not a place to walk about no nature trail Northern Land
Caught in your crossfire is it any wonder
We don't understand

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