Sailing Through the Sky
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music
Prisons have always played a major role in Irish History. Prisoners in "The Troubles" regarded by many as a major part of the problem would also become a major part of the solution. In the ‘60s, Loyalist prisoners like Gusty Spence would campaign with Republicans to create better conditions for both and in so doing learn more about each other’s traditions and points of view.
In the 90’s British Secretary of State Mo Mowlam would visit prisoners to give assurances for moves in The Peace Process. After the Prisoner Releases many would come together from both sides and have the Street Credibility to lead a peaceful way forward in their own communities. Internment and the Hunger strikes would have a major impact all around the world.
This simple song, which has now been translated into Danish, Arabic and Hebrew, was inspired while performing in Maghagaberry prison after meeting a prisoner who described his long dreamful journeys despite being incarcerated in a small cell.
I’ll sing you a song of a lark in the morning
The jailer comes round and he bids me good morning
Sometimes I go down to the ‘Bridge on a Saturday
The jailer comes round to lock up in the evening
Do you still miss me will you still wait for me