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John Carmody Poem "Bedford Row"

Poet and musician John Carmody wrote this poem to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bedford Fow Family Project in Limerick, Ireland, and performed it on Sept 24th, 2009, at the official celebrations.

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John Carmody poem 'Young Guns'

As I look back down the years, through all the friends I've lost,
Amid the drugs and drink and violence, tis now I know the cost,
Of all the lies I swallowed about what it is to be a man,
From friends who knew no better than the wisdom in a can,
One by one they fell away, between the prison and the grave,
And all that we are left with now are the stories of the brave,
Yet (theres) no-one to share them with, theres only you and I;
Two young fools who managed to live longer than the lie.

The reading took place in Limerick, Ireland, on Sept 24th at the official celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bedford Fow Family Project. The project works with families of prisoners.