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They're Tearing Down Saint Ann's

They're tearing down Saint Ann's
As I shed a nostalgic tear
Part of my childhood gone
Where I spent my sophomore year
It was September of sixty one
Our very first week of class
It was only a short walk from school
To the Church where we attended Mass
Coal region was different then
We smoked on the morning ride
Each town held something special
A sense of purpose, a sense of pride
Saint Ann's dances on a Sunday night
Quarter admission seven to ten
Jesse Belvin "Goodnight My Love"
Hitch a ride home back then
Basketball game downstairs at lunch
Or play horsie against the wall
Sneak a cigarette in the boys room
Passing notes in the hall.
My Place was the local hangout
Jukebox in the back
Sometimes playing match pack football
No one keeping track
Now the stained glass windows are gone
And tears flow like falling rain
Soon they'll raze the building
Only memories will remain
They're tearing down Saint Ann's
Feel a longing in my soul
They're tearing down Saint Ann's
As progress takes its toll.

Copyright © Vince Suzadail Jr. | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 11/28/2016 11:50:00 AM

    oh, but for change of good, nice Vince
  1. Date: 11/20/2016 9:21:00 PM

    It is so sad to see a beloved place forever gone and only memories left to take its place. You have immortalized the lovely Saint Ann's for your future generations. What a sweet gift! 7 ; )