Long Journey Home Lyrics - Elvis Costello

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If on every ocean the ship is a throne
And for each mast cut down another sapling is grown
Then I could believe that I'm bound to find
A better life than I left behind

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
For the colors bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold

So I had to leave from my country of birth
As for each child grown tall
Another lies in the earth
And for every rail we laid in the loam
There's a thousand miles of the long journey home

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
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For the colors bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold







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Another perspective | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/11/13

I think the song speaks to the shared experience of all Irishmen, whether the native, or the 'planted' - those who fly the tricolor, or those who live under the Union Jack. For both left their homeland to find 'a better life than they left behind', in nations all across the earth. In doing so they all maintained that bond to 'home'.

Touching the Hearts of many. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/25/12

I found this beautiful song by accident. It may refer to Ireland which I love but the lyrics ( except for the colors of Green,
White and Gold) speak to the hearts of many immigrants.

Echo the comments above | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/22/12

Agree with the comments above. Always brings a tear to my eye (not a common experience for me or for most Irish men!). Goes a long way towards capturing the essence of the intangible that are the bonds between the America and Ireland - may they remain strong throughout the ages to come. From a proud citizen of both countries.

the ultimate Irish- American song ! | Reviewer: Pat Foley | 4/19/11

I am 1st generation American Irish and no song I have ever heard captures the essence of that special loving relationship between the Irish and America.They were there with Washington when he crossed the Delaware & they are still in the ground at Gettysburg from both sides North & South!

The Long Journey Home | Reviewer: Vicki Shaw | 12/12/07

I had never heard this song until two days ago when I received my new double cd by Tommy Fleming. It is a gorgeous song and Tommy sings it beautifully. And yes, I too have been playing it over and over in my car!!! I am USA born but my daughter was born in Ireland. So I am Irish by injection!!!!
Vicki

Long Journey Home | Reviewer: BrightBlueRose | 11/11/07

I agree with what the last person said above! Beautiful song indeed and may I add that Tommy Fleming's version of this song is gorgeous! Go and buy his album and you will know what I'm talking about!
Up the North of Ireland and UP ARMAGH.....right Chuck Mc Neely, LoL! ;-)

great song, PATRIOT SONG | Reviewer: CHUCK MC NEELY | 3/7/07

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG, BEST I HAVE HEARD IN YEARS, REGARDING THE GREAT MIGRATION OF THE IRISH TO AMERICA. I PLAYED IT OVER AND OVER ON MY CAR STEREO ALL THE WAY HOME. UP THE REPUBLIC UP DONEGAL



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