The N17

 

The roads slope and wind around the Irish countryside. We’re on the N17 highway now, from Galway through Tuam, heading towards Sligo. Sometimes those roads seem like endless stretches, and sometimes you wonder how you could have gotten there so quickly. RAIN OR SHINE, that’s our motto. We’ve had great weather so far, but yesterday was our first day of really soaking rain. Splash through the puddles, watch out for the lorries, check that you have enough room on the shoulder. AWESOME. The skies are grey, white, and every shade of blue. Rolling green hills with sheep, horses, and cows dot the landscape. The song N17 by the Saw Doctors seems something familiar to us as we walk these roads for the cause of Life.

N17

Well I didn’t see much future
When I left the Christian brothers school
So I waved it goodbye with a wistful smile
And I left the girls of Tuam
Sometimes when I’m reminiscing I see the prefabs and my old friends
And I know that they’ll be changed or gone
By the time I get home again.

(Chorus)
And I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
And I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
Travelling with just my thoughts and dreams

Well the ould fella left me to Shannon
Was the last time I traveled that road
And as we turned left at Claregalway I could feel a lump in my throat
As I pictured the thousands of times
That I traveled that well worn track
And I know that things will be different If I ever decide to go back.

(Chorus) And I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
And I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
Travelling with just my thoughts and dreams

Now as I tumble down highways
Or on filthy overcrowded trains
There’s no one to talk to in transit
So I sit there and daydream in vain
Behind all those muddled up problems
Of living on a foreign soil
I can still see the twists and the turns on the road
From the square to the town of the tribes

(Chorus)
And I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
Yes I wish I was on the n17
Stone walls and the grass is green
Travelling with just my thoughts and dreams

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmv0ONF7frk

 

Meghan Schofield