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The Island

by Frank Schnittger Thu May 20th, 2010 at 09:13:23 PM EST

County Tyrone singer-songwriter Paul Brady is in the Irish singer song writer tradition of The Cranberries, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor and U2 writing anti-war or social protest songs and recorded "The Island" for his 1986 album, "Back to the Centre."  It always seemed to me that The Island got to the heart of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Lyrics and a cover version below...


They say the skies of Lebanon are burning
Those mighty cedars bleeding in the heat
They're showing pictures on the television
Women and children dying in the street
And we're still at it in our own place
Still trying to reach the future through the past
Still trying to carve tomorrow from a tombstone...

Chorus

But Hey! Don't listen to me!
This wasn't meant to be no sad song
We've heard too much of that before
Right now I only want to be here with you
Till the morning dew comes falling
I want to take you to the island
And trace your footprints in the sand
And in the evening when the sun goes down
We'll make love to the sound of the ocean

They're raising banners over by the markets
Whitewashing slogans on the shipyard walls
Witchdoctors praying for a mighty showdown
No way our holy flag is gonna fall
Up here we sacrifice our children
To feed the worn-out dreams of yesterday
And teach them dying will lead us into glory...

Repeat chorus

Now I know us plain folks don't see all the story
And I know this peace and love's just copping out
And I guess these young boys dying in the ditches
Is just what being free is all about
And how this twisted wreckage down on main street
Will bring us all together in the end
And we'll go marching down the road to freedom...
Freedom

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Cover by Dolores Keane

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I think this might be appropriate these times:

Hard Times (Come again no more) Nancy Griffith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMTv44FHG3Y&feature=related

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by ormondotvos (ormond no spam lmi net no spam) on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 10:44:22 PM EST
I like Nancy Griffith, but prefer version of this song by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright (son of Kate), Emmylou Harris and Mary Black.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 21st, 2010 at 06:43:04 AM EST
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I love that song.

I first heard it when I was listening to Last.fm with Christy Moore as the seed artist.  Never understood the significance of the song until now.  I just liked the melody.

I've discovered that I like a lot of Irish music.  Christy Moore, knew I liked the Pogues, and even taking a liking to the New Dubliners.

I don't know if they play them in Ireland, but there's a great Celt Rock band from Boston called the Dropkick Murphys. They're pretty awesome.



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by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 11:05:35 PM EST
They remind me a bit of the Sawdoctors or the Pogues


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 21st, 2010 at 06:49:25 AM EST
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man, that's a good song!

ta frank.

it's interesting how the island away from it all is still such a well-loved myth, considering said island is a. probably due for some severe changes through oceans rising, and b. would be deadly dull for an average educated european, once the glow had worn off.

tho' i guess if a. takes place, you wouldn't have to worry much about b.

dull as balance for over-complexity is great medicine, but after you're well again...

the world is mired in complex issues, and just making love on the sidelines, while great palliative therapy, leaves all the work (and fun) of changing things to those who choose to be more engaged, to whom such poetic escapism can never be more than a nice holiday.

lots more thoughtful, from-the-heart folk music, please!

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun May 23rd, 2010 at 04:05:04 AM EST
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Another great anti-war protest song..

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 21st, 2010 at 06:22:11 AM EST
Back in the 70's I had a favorite cassette of Irish music. Don't remember the name of the band, but man it had a ton of great tunes. My favorite by far was a little ditty called "The Town I Loved So Well." It was a sad, lovely song which would bring tears to my eyes, and its lyrics went something like this:
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In my memory I will always see
The town that I have loved so well
Where our school played ball by the gasyard wall
And we laughed through the smoke and smell
Going home in the rain running up the dark lane
Past the jail and down beside the fountain
Those were happy days in so many many ways
In the town I loved so well

In the early morn the shirt factory horn
Called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the men on the dole played a mothers role
Fed the children and then walked the dog
And when times got rough, there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
for the town I loved so well

There was music there in the Derry air
Like a language that we could all understand
I remember the day when I earned my first pay
as I played in a small pickup band
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I'd learned about life and I'd found a wife
In the town I loved so well

But when I returned how my eyes were burned
To see how a town could be brought to it's knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze
Now the army's installed by that old gasyard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and guns
Oh my God, what have they done
To the town I loved so well

Now the music's gone but they carry on
For their spirit's been bruised, never broken
Oh, they'll not forget still their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again
Now what's done is done and what's won is won
And what's lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright brand new day
In the town I loved so well

by sgr2 on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 09:58:27 AM EST
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The classic version is probably by the Dubliners...

although the version by its author, Phil Coulter is also good.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 12:36:38 PM EST
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How lovely that you should find that tune and post it. Really made my day. Like both versions, but like the Coulter best, . . . and it juggled my addled mind into remembering the name Paddy Reilly, who was the artist that sang the version I remember back in the late 70's. Thanks again, Frank, you're a total sweetheart! :-)
by sgr2 on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 01:10:59 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 01:23:02 PM EST
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That's the one. Amazing. Thanks again, Frank!
by sgr2 on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 04:07:57 PM EST
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