All the Little Children
Tommy Sands - ©Elm Grove Music
The events of Bloody Sunday persuaded a multitude of young men towards joining the IRA. Many felt there was now no other way to achieve a "lasting peace." Later David Ervine would tell me that Bloody Friday (a day of IRA bombing in Belfast) had persuaded him to join the UVF. It is likely I could have gone that way too had it not been for a conversation with a friend, involved in previous campaigns. If I wanted to do something for peace, he said, then write a song instead. In a dark time I could only look towards some light from the future so I wrote this song. I called it "All the Little Children."
Little children hiding in the shadows
And we’re singing of the times
For now we see that all our blood is red
If all the little children they did play
Sands Family 1970: Tommy, Ben, Anne, Eugene "Dino" and Colum.