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Thread #82243   Message #1548048
Posted By: Liam's Brother
23-Aug-05 - 06:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
I would not argue with you Martin because, as we both well know, Frank was a real character who would espouse three views on any issue: the high, the low and the "this will really get them cranked up" views. All people who have sung "The Bonnie Bunch of Roses" at an Irish session know they are in for a slagging when they get to the line you mention above. Frank loved the song and knew what was going to happen when he sang it. If it was not truly intrinsic to the song, he would have changed the line without a doubt.

When I said he was inclusionary I meant that he was fond of saying and writing things such as that songs of the Orange are as Irish as the songs of the Catholic. Frank did not spend a lot of time learning and singing Orange songs. He also felt Irish-Australian, Irish-American, etc. songs were Irish too.