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GUEST,mayomick Irish Rebel Songs as Social Document? (84* d) RE: Irish Rebel Songs as Social Document? 29 Jun 09

The advice about knowing your audience is sound .The thing is about these songs is that ,if they are good ,and if you sing them well , your audience will forgive you if they are music lovers and not attending a performance solely for political reasons.
There is often a lot of demagoguery mixed up with the singing of rebel songs - especially when drink is involved . I'm sure that would be the same in Orange circles. Performers have to learn to distinguish between whether audiences are appreciating songs for their political content or for their artistic merits . It can be both .
You should feel free to leave out offensive verses. I recall reading with horror the unexpugated words of the Irish(?)American song ,The Days of 49 , with all its racist verses . The song without those verses had always been one of my favourites. It's not so good nowadays as a social record of the prevailing racist attitudes in 19th century America because it's always sung with those verses ommitted , but it is better as a song .

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