My Youngest Son Came Home Today

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My youngest son came home today. His friends marched with him all the way.
The pipes and drum beat all the time as in his box of polished pine
Like dead meat on a butcher's tray my youngest son came home today.

My youngest son was a fine young man With a wife, a daughter and two sons.
And a man he could have lived and died 'til by a bullet sign to fight.
Now he's a saint or so they say, they brought their saints home today.

Above the narrow Belfast streets an Irish sky looks down and weeps
As children's blood in gutter stilt, in dreams of freedom unfulfilled.
As part of freedom's price to pay my youngest son came home today.

My youngest son came home today, his friends marched with him all the way
The pipes and drum beat all the time as in his box of polished pine
Like dead meat on a butcher's tray my youngest son came home today
And this time he's home to stay

My Youngest Son Came Home Today (unreleased cover)
Written byEric Bogle
Performed byElvis Costello

Background:
 This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he has performed it in concert. A studio demo from 1985 has been bootlegged.
First known performance:
June 24, 1985, Melbourne, Australia
Last known performance:
January 31, 1986, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
     (4 known performances)


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Recordings by other artists

Eric Bogle  1977 Live In Person
 Mary Black  1984 Collected
Billy Bragg  1990 The Internationale

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