You Know Where


This is a photograph of the outer fences of “you know where” – Long Kesh/the H Blocks/Her Majesty’s Prison Maze.

Whatever you say, say nothing
When you talk about you-know-what.
For if you-know-who could hear you
You know what you’d get –
They’d take you off to you-know-where

– Colum Sands “Whatever You Say, Say Nothing”

(Makem & Clancy also do a version)

Colum Sands’s song (1981) is pre-dated by Seamus Heaney’s 1975 poem of the same name, from the collection North.
“This morning from a dewy motorway
I saw the new camp for the internees …”

You will thank yourself when you Click and click again to enlarge (to 2000 x 1062)
Copyright © 2005 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8.8, 1/80, ISO 64, full size 2272 x 1206

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