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​Tar and Cement

This song is by Joe Dolan and appears on the compilation album Golden Hour of Joe Dolan, Vol.2 (1976).

This song is a cover of "Il ragazzo della via Gluck" by ​Adriano Celentano.
The town I came from was quiet and small
We played in the meadows where the grass grew so tall
In summer the lilacs would grow everywhere
The laughter of children would float in the air
As I grew older I had to roam
Far from my family, far from my home
Into the city, where lives can be spent
Lost in the shadows of tar and cement
Into the city, where I have my eye
On all the pleasures that money can buy

Yet I can see it all so clearly now
Still goin' on
Yes, I can see it all so clearly now
Still goin' on

Each day I'd wake up and look at the sky
I think of the meadow where I used to lie
Then I'd remember all that is gone
You're in the city, you better push on
Get what you came for, before it's too late
Get what you came for, the meadow can wait

So every night I'd sit alone and learn
What loneliness meant
Up in my rented room above the world
Of tar and cement

Many years later, tired at last
I headed for home to look for my past
I looked for the meadows, there wasn't a trace
Six lanes of highway had taken their place
Where were the lilacs and all that they meant
Nothing but acres of tar and cement

Yet I can see it all so clearly now
'Though all of it's gone?
Yes I can see it all so clearly now
Where has it gone?

Where are the meadows? (tar and cement)
Where are the lilacs? (tar and cement)
Laughter of children? (tar and cement)
Nothing but acres (tar and cement)
Where is the tall grass? (tar and cement)
Where are the meadows? (tar and cement)
(Fade to end)
Nothing but acres (tar and cement)
Acres and acres...