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Thread #19749   Message #203374
Posted By: GUEST,Martin Ryan
29-Mar-00 - 02:05 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Walls of Troy (Terry Conway)
Subject: RE: Walls of Troy

I'll leave it to the classicists among us to blind you with detail but bacically it's a (classical) reference to Helen and the siege of Troy. Don't ask me how it got into (that version of) Claudy Banks! MInd you, I could speculate about hedge-schoolmasters and Irish connections.... In the song it seems to be a metaphor for bravery and nobility.