a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version


Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




It is often played at gigs. And to be honest, it is worth it, because it is a very beautiful song, about the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

It is the first really personal song by Neil Hannon. He evokes his childhood in a region torn by sectarian conflicts.

The Troubles started in Londonderry (also called Derry by the Catholics) in 1969, so not long before Neil Hannon was born, in 1970. They lasted until 1998. The main issue (very roughly) was to know whether Northern Ireland is British or Irish, hence the question of the laws, the names and so on. Many places in Northern Ireland have several names. Londonderry is also called Derry City, and Enniskillen is also Inis Ceithleann or Inis Cethlenn (pronounced Inish Kathleen).