Magdalen Laundry
Songwriter: Don Mescall

Throught the eyes of an innocent child
Can't hide what is burning inside
The shame and the guilt of disgrace
They said she had fallen from grace
To the arms of a train engineer
Who escaped when the verdict was clear
And saw she was quietly installed
in the Magdalen Laundry

And oh you can find them there
Slaving each day in the heat and the steam
And oh every bloody stain
Will be carefully scrubbed
'Till it's white and it's clean

The Sisters got angry today
They took Bridie Power away
They said she had broken the rules
She swore that the priest
from the school...
If only they'd asked why she cried
They said they'd concluded she'd lied
The priest had his own alibi
In the Magdalen Laundry


A world set apart by magnolia walls
And it's hard to believe
That this happened at all
Pray the meek shall inhert this heart

The Sisters of Mercy still live
In the convent on top of the hill
The walls of the laundries came down
Exposing their sins to the town
The ghosts of the girls who had died
The souls of the ones who survived
Echo their protest inside
The Magdalen Laundry

Chorus x2


This song can be found on the following albums:
Magdalen Laundry CD Promo 2003
How High The Moon Album 2003
Frances Black - Irish Independent Promo CD CD Promo 2003
The Essential Frances Black Album 2008