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Thread #82243   Message #1547728
Posted By: GUEST,Martin Ryan
23-Aug-05 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)

I'm not sure that "inclusionary" is quite the mot juste here! Frank was a staunch Irish Republican and, naturally, this was often reflected in the way he interpreted songs. One of my favourite memories of him is how, when he reached the line ".. and England, Ireland, Scotland - their unity will ne'er be broke" in another great Napoleonic ballad, he would raise his eyes to heaven and spread his hands in a despairing gesture as though to say "Don't blame me - I didn't write the song!".

For Frank, of course, a myth was as good as a smile, anyday!

Putting it another way; Frank sang songs to keep them alive, not to preserve them. He succeeded admirably.