When I hear a song, it provokes a reaction. At times, I just change the radio station. At times, memories come back to me of (what used to be called) parties. At times, I start dancing. At times, I start crying.

Then, there are versions of songs which, all of a sudden, reveal new and incredible aspects of a song you’ve heard a thousand times before. For example, there is a really slow version of the Corr’s Breathless by someone (whose name I unfortunately can’t remember and Google doesn’t reveal;) that makes you wonder how it ever could have turned out to be such a happy song when sung by the Corrs.

This morning, the Weekend on One played “Streets of London” – not by Ralph McTell, but by Liam Clancy. And all of a sudden, the “Streets of London” to me became universal. It was the way he sang the song.

Have you seen the old man… Have you seen the old girl…

So how can you tell me you’re lonely,
And say for you that the sun don’t shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
Show you something to make you change your mind

It made me think that no matter what situation you find yourself in, no matter how miserable you feel, just walk the “streets of London” and look at people who carry their home in two carrier bags, look at the forgotten heroes, look at the man who makes his tea last an hour, and think again. How can you tell me you’re lonely? How can you say that the sun doesn’t shine for you anymore? And these days, you just have to switch on the TV to see the “streets of London” in Gaza, in Syria, in Eastern Ukraine, in the North of Africa. Or, much closer, just take a walk through the streets of your own city.

Pádraig had a good day today. Easy. Slow. Relaxed. He ate, drank, cycled – all in moderation… He kind of liked the yoghurt, but really went for the chocolate – who wouldn’t.

How can you tell me you’re lonely and say that for you the sun don’t shine? – Come on board the Dreamboat!