The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57244   Message #1461797
Posted By: CapriUni
15-Apr-05 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
Here's another song, that I was trying to remember earlier, when I was posting about "Johnny, I hardly knew ye," above:

Mrs. McGrath.

This is one that I remember from my childhood, as we had it on an old Burl Ives album. I don't recall the album title, now, or the date of the recording, but I've sent my father back to our record stacks to find it. ;-)

I remember liking this song, as a kid, because of the rollicking tune, and that even without his legs, Ted has enough spirit to talk back to his mother (something all children appreciate, I think). But I wanted to give the mother what-for for her comments in this verse:

Oh, Teddy, me boy, the old widow cried,
Yer two fine legs were yer mammy's pride,
Them stumps of a tree wouldn't do at all,
Why didn't ye run from the big cannon ball?

Why wasn't the whole Teddy his mammy's pride?

Even at the age of 6 or 7, I had a palpable frustration at being defined as a person by what my legs can and cannot do for me, usually from the adults in my life (but luckily, not my mammy).

Now that I'm adult, I'm thinking of all those soldiers returning from today's wars with their limbs blown away, and facing similiar reactions from their families...

:::Sigh::: The more things change...