The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55491   Message #1386212
Posted By: Rapparee
23-Jan-05 - 01:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: How did you choose your mudcat name?
Subject: RE: BS: How did you choose your mudcat name?
Gnu pm'ed me and asked about my MC name. I replied and was told to post my response. Okay, here.


Rapparees are usually defined as brigands and highwaymen. In fact, they were Irish soldiers who continued fighting, more or less as guerillas, after the "Flight of Earls" following Cromwell.

Now Sassanach and Cromweller, take heed of what I say --
Keep down your black and angry looks that scorn us night and day;
For there's a just and wrathful Judge that every action sees,
And He'll make strong to right our wrong the faithfull Rapparees!
The men who rode by Sarsfield's side, the roving Rapparees!

True, a goodly proportion of them did become highwaymen and brigands.

My spurs are rusted, my coat is rent, my plume is damp with rain
And the thistledown and the barley-beards are thick on my horse's mane
But my rifle's as bright as my sweetheart's eye,
My arm is strong and free,
What care have I for your king or laws?
I'm an outlawed Rapparee, I'm an outlawed Rapparee!

So I thought, well, if the handle isn't taken, I'll take it. But I keep spelling "Rapparee" in various ways, all of them wrong -- hmmm...wonder what it is in Irish?

So lift your glasses, friends, with mine
And give you hand to me --
I'm the tyrant's foe, I'm freedom's friend
I'm an outlawed Rapparee, I'm an outlawed Rapparee!

(Granted, in the above I've changed "England" to "tyrant" and "Ireland" to "freedom" because the violence in Ireland makes me sick -- but a good song shouldn't be lost.)

Can you see clearly now?