The Harrington Song
 

“The Village Where I Went To School ”

I've travelled the world, I've heard people say
Funny how life has slipped away
But I knew that I'd come back someday
To the village where I went to school

I'd sit in the class on a winter's morn
Sometimes I'd wish I'd never been born
In second hand clothes that were tattered and torn
In the village where I went to school

Up Billy Watson's Lonning there's a big oak tree
It's been growing there before you and me
I've carved my name for all to see
In the village where I went to school

Where are they now some went over the sea
Odd ones came back to the village like me.

There's a smell of bread from Crellin's shop
And Sparrow Moore's where we got the ‘chop'
Geordie Mitchell's coal horse used to go clippety clop
In the village where I went to school

I can still see now the Magnesite
Billy Carter changing the old gas lights
Fish, Chips and Scrapings from Mrs Wright's
In the village where I went to school

There was Aitchenson's shop, Harry Simons too
Plenty of pubs and Mariners view
And everyone there had an outside Loo
In the village where I went to school

Like the old Eller beck the waters roll on
Some folks have stayed but the others have gone

There was Norman Hardon's Butchers and Bank's for Pop
Walter Campbell's Newsagents, Maggie Morton's Sweet Shop
The YMCA with it's own Tanner Hop
In the village where I went to school

Well I've many treasured memories
Like the time when all the school caught fleas
And Blackie's wood where we climbed the trees
In the village where I went to school

 Well I've come back home, I've reminisced
I've looked around at the things I've missed
I watch the sun come down and kiss
The village where I went to school

 I've settled down, I've found a wife
I've had my share of trouble and strife
And it's here I'll spend the last years of my life
In the village where I went to school
In the village where I went to school


Tom & Gordon McCullough---1982

 
 
 

 

Some additional verses suggested by Muriel Dover :-

The Marina took all our homes away
For some it was a happy day
They'd bathrooms and gardens, but more rent to pay
In the village where I went to school.

Danny Mullin, Dr. Cullin and Sergeant Bell
Ernest White, Fizzy Wright who all cast their spell
Many more we knew who all wished us well
In the village where I went to school.

Old buildings and landmarks they all have gone
It's years now since our lighthouse shone
But in spite of it all let's carry on
And all come together to sing our school song
In the village where I went to school.