A look at some of the lyrics that have helped put Northern Ireland bands and artists on the map…

1. Ash

Girl From Mars

I know you are almost in love with me, I can see it in your eyes
Strange light shimmering over the sea tonight, and it almost blows my mind

2. LaFaro

Tuppenny Nudger

They told me
They told me that I cannot see
But I see
See through him and he sees through me

3. Divine Comedy

National Express

On the National Express there’s a jolly hostess selling crisps and tea
She’ll provide you with drinks and theatrical winks for a sky-high fee

4. Duke Special

Freewheel

I’ve only got this morning to live
Look at all the colour at my fingertips

5. Wonder Villains

Zola

And all the haters said to Zola
Could you be any slower?
But he left them on the floor
Zola! Zola!

6. Therapy?

Screamager

With a face like this I won’t break any hearts
And thinking like that I won’t make any friends

7. Van Morrison

Days Like This

When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit
Then I must remember there’ll be days like this

8. Undertones

Teenage Kicks

Teenage dreams so hard to beat, every time she walks down the street
Another girl in the neighbourhood, wish she was mine, she looks so good

9. Stiff Little Fingers

Alternative Ulster

An Alternative Ulster
Grab it and change it it’s yours
Get an Alternative Ulster
Ignore the bores and their laws

10. Snow Patrol

Chocolate

This could be the very minute
I’m aware I’m alive
All these places feel like home

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