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On the 17th of October we are having a 30 year reunion for my old class in the "Jes" 'Jesuit College, Galway'. I haven't seen most of these lads for 30 odd years and I am very much looking forward to seeing them again. We had a band going in the last year or so and we were pretty awful, but great fun at the same time, I know we should have been busy studying hard but such is life. We called ourselves... cough... "Dogeared Steel" I couldn't sing then and still can't lol.
The Band, see photo above ahem, on left Me, Cormac McDonagh(Guitar), Ronan Collins(keyboards),Paddy Beatty(Bass), Frank Hanley(Drums)
Two teachers are mentioned in the song, Paddy Holland was our business and accountancy teacher, he was a very nice man who seemed always under a lot of pressure. Billy Greene (Fr) taught us art and well, life and everything. He died last year, he was a truly wonderful teacher and person and I'm sure is remembered fondly by everybody who knew him. He gave me great encouragement when I needed it most.

This song is dedicated to Billy Greene and all the lads in Loyola and Xavier the Jes 1979

Thanks to Brian O Donovan for getting the ball rolling.
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The Jes On Sea Road.

I wish I was back in my old school, the Jes on Sea Road.
Irish grammer monday afternoon, information overload.
I'd listen now, I didn't then
I couldn't see the point at all
A waste of time, at least of mine
I had better things to do
Like squirm around and pull faces,
Teenage strife filled my head.

I wish I was back in my old school,
And walk those corridors.
Paddy Holland drills it home
and he throws a wobbler
But he's gone now just like the rest
all the tension and the stress
Some have gone and left this earth
slipped into the ether.
Billy Greene stands in a white light
like a small Rococco god.
He said life was for love not money
Life was for love not money
Life was for love not money
Life was for love not money.

I wish I was back just for a day
In the Jes on Sea Road
Wish I was back just for a laugh.

Nobody said the time would fly
and it's just getting faster
And if they did obviously, I mustn't have been listening.

Wish I was back in my old school, the Jes on Sea Road

etc

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Yamaha Sf400 electric guitar, bass guitar, midi drums, behringer firewire and xenyx mixer, dodgy condenser mic.
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Comments
rabittwhole said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
I love this....
...don't you just love the memories of those "pretty awful" bands we were so lucky to have been in ... I do and this blew me right back to a wonderful place... thanks for the trip...excellent little rocker here!
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tempie said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
yeah man
i'm a sucker for a "wish I was back" high school band song. this has a great kinks vibe, fun and light and just enough serious to well, take it serious. cool tune.
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Feter said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
The Jes on Sea Road
WO ..rock n roll club band ..I love this ...
the live feelings so cool here ..the tone of
the guitar here is amazing fun ...good job
my friend ...rock on ...!!!!!!!
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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Gaylen75 said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Oh yeah
This is a classic right out the door. Great tune.
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conruane said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Great song Willie
Excellent song Willie, I like it a lot.
I wish I had been in your class.
Take care
Con
guitapick said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Great dedication...
...in sweet rock 'n roll...

Wish I was back, too, sometimes...cool tune...
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sloparts said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Quite a story Wally
And a great song about your youth. A story I can share, but not in Ireland. Instead I did, my time ignoring the Profs and teachers, here in the states. One time I was told by one of them that being a rock musician is the sure sign of a misspent youth. I told the old fool to buzz off.

Now I'm thinking, "Maybe he was right"

Great track my friend. I hope you and the lads have a great reunion.

Ed
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MarcusPerry said 2996 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
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Nice rockin tunage, man! Very nostalgic and lively. Enjoyed it very much.
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lengold said 2995 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Great lyrics
and very infectious and well played and sung rocker.
Enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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bod said 2995 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
school days are truly the best days of your life
I look back on my time in the Jes with great nostalgia. We were innocent then, but we had great enthusiasm for life.
Willywagga said 2994 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Yup, we wos
We sure were innocent then, it seems that in the intervening years we have become the Prufrocks of the world
"I grow old, I grow old " etc
Thanks fro all the comments lads and thanks Brian for organising the great event.


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Daugrin said 2995 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Who Can Recall?
That is a wonderful tune, congrats.

Daug
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darobeir said 2994 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
The memories!
How well I remember you guys practicing in the shed out on palmyra ave!
Willywagga said 2994 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
What?
Jesus Palmyra Avenue, oh dear, in that shed.
I remember the amp valves blowing because the electricity supply was a bit irregular
I'm sorry for having put you through that, lol
I'm sure the shed is gone now...



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DWL said 2993 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Memories
are made of songs like this.

Having said that I'm not sure I'd want to go back to my old school now or listen to anything I did then :-)

Great work!

Cheers

Dick
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egobandit said 2992 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
Loose
it just rocks back and forth, I like the swing between the low and high voice ! Thanks!
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echoroom said 2991 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
What a buncha eijits you look!
Great to hear something from you Will. You usually are an expert at taking the piss, but this is really sweet. Who else can rhyme wobbler and corridor????? Genius.
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magnatone said 2985 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
The Jes
what a totally FUN rocker! makes me wish i was back in .... oh never mind! terrific lyrics, wonderful toe-tappin excellence! congratulations!
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Char said 2959 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
Wish
you could go back but at least you got to see all your old chums again. As is the case with friends, it was just as if you hadn't been apart all those years, I'll wager. Good song. Thanks.
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davidmurphy1899 said 2948 days ago (November 22nd, 2009)
the sea on youghal road
your song is great and brings me straight back,like lightening,to when we had 3 guitars,i was dylan ,mick was john fogarty and the real dave was segovia,but kept that hidden,.those were the days my friend,wish we knew it
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Martin_Leroy said 2909 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
Neat
I like this song. The Lyrics are interesting and it makes me imagine what you school experience may have been like. (the picture also helps the imagination). Very cool. Thanks for posting it.
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papag said 2675 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Lookin back on good times
This song has a fun vibe. I have listened to it several times and dig it each time.
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Ziplok said 2515 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
Rocking OUT!!!
that intro has me turning the speakers UP! like usual you would think i was gonna come sideways but no this is what i call ROCK. nice job on the mood and the whole track has a nice vintage legendary feel to it. nice guitars on this one too.
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Stun Nutz said 2341 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Nice straight-forward rocker.
Reminds me of the Kinks. My only thought on this would be that it could use some kind of instrumental break, or solo, to build it up before hitting the chorus again at the end.
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