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Thread #48534 Message #864292
Posted By: belfast
11-Jan-03 - 07:45 AM
Thread Name: ADD: Viva la Quinta Brigada (Christy Moore & not)
Subject: RE: Help: Viva la Quinta Brigada
In the book "Christy Moore: One Voice" Christy gives the title of the song as "Viva La Quinte Brigada" and tells us that he got the info for the song from "The Connolly Column" by Mick O'Riordan. He does not tell us where he got the word "quinte". My guess is that back in the 60's he heard the earlier version of the song in England from, another guess, the Ian Campbell Folk Group and misheard or misremembered the title. His song does refer, in English, to the Fifteenth Brigade in which the Irish volunteers fought.
At the end of each thread here there is a link to a translation thingummy. I am unable to vouch for these translations but if they are correct the only phrase that makes grammatical sense, "viva la quinta brigada", does not make historical sense.
fifteenth international brigade: décimo quinta brigada internacional
fifth international brigade: quinto brigada internacional
viva la quince brigada: the fifteen brigade lives
viva la quinta brigada: the fifth brigade lives
viva la quinte brigada: brigade lives quinte