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Thread #53176   Message #819227
Posted By: belfast
05-Nov-02 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: Michael Collins (not again)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Michael Collins (not again)
Far too hard a choice. What about "Down By The Glenside" (esp. the recording by Delia Murphy)? In fact, any thing written by Peadar Kearney, "Down By The Liffeyside", "The Recruiting Sergeant", "Slan Libh".

And the version of "Henry Joy" which begins, "'Twas on the Belfast Mountains ?"(esp. as sung by Frank Harte or Roisín White).
The Roddy McCorley song which contains the wonderful lines (I quote from imperfect memory)
"Farewell unto you sweet Duneane, if in you I had stayed
Among the Presbyterians I ne'er have been betrayed"

It looks like my bias is pushing me in a northerly direction.

And I've just been thinking of a distinction in my mind. This is totally subjective, personal, non-scientific etc. I tend to think of "rebel songs" as the kind of songs not to be sung in mixed company, not to be performed where they might make anyone feel uncomfortable. "The Broad Black Brimmer" would fall into that category. "The Boys Of Mullaghbawn", for some reason, does not.