Silent No Longer
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music

This song was inspired by a group of young people from Loyalist East Belfast and Nationalist West Belfast.


Treated like children never should have been
Seen but never heard told how to feel
By a legacy of bitterness difficult to shed
Never trust the others there’s no more to be said

I’ll be silent no longer I’ll be heard I’ll be seen
Since the boys of Ballymurphy met the girls of Ballybeen
I’ll be silent no longer I’ll be silent no longer

Peeping through the window as the minibus slowed down
Strange girls and boys from the other end of town
Thinking of the question but the answer said it all
How are you doing... I’m not too bad at all

You’ll never get me dancing with a weapon in your hand
Charm me with a reason and I’ll dance to beat the band
I’ll show to you a step or two you never seen before
Gently move together and discover what’s in store

Come listen politician whosoever you may be
Don’t wrap the flag around you when electioneering me
I want peace around the table and a way to earn my bread
A sharing of the roses and a place to lay my head

I’ll be silent no longer I’ll be heard I’ll be seen
Since the boys of Ballymurphy met the girls of Ballybeen
There’s a new generation a new kind of dream
Since the boys of Ballymurphy met the girls of Ballybeen
I’ll be silent no longer I’ll be silent no longer