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Thread #93653   Message #2465030
Posted By: Jim Carroll
14-Oct-08 - 03:03 AM
Thread Name: Songs & Jingles in Political Campaigns
Subject: RE: Songs & Jingles in Political Campaigns
Here in Ireland songs have always been a vital part of politics, both in recording the happenings and as morale-boosters; it seems every event was immortalised in songs and squib.
Just before I left the UK for Ireland a builder I was working with, from Kildare, sang me two lines of a squib from the Civil War (1922) which goes:

What's the news, what's the news, DeValera's sold his shoes
To buy ammunition for his men
(to the tune of Kelly, The Boy From Killane)

Would love to know if there is any more to it!
The same man also told me about 'the arm in the bottle' - will go to see it one day.
Jim Carroll