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Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?

MattieE 20 Apr 09 - 09:22 PM
Beer 20 Apr 09 - 09:44 PM
LynnMagnuson 20 Apr 09 - 10:49 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 20 Apr 09 - 11:24 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 20 Apr 09 - 11:29 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 20 Apr 09 - 11:38 PM
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GUEST,.gargoyle 21 Apr 09 - 05:42 AM
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Subject: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: MattieE
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 09:22 PM

Hello! I am looking for a recording of the song "Black '47". I think there is more than one song out there by this name, but I am looking for this one:

    Everything is still
    Not a chicken not a body
    Just an awful sickenin' silence roarin' in my ears
    And the fog of death deepens and lies upon the land
    An ould wan rolls over on her back
    The grass stains all green upon her chin
    I can still hear her keenin' and screamin' in the wind

    God's curse upon you Lord John Russell
    May your blackhearted soul rot in hell
    There's no love left on earth
    And god is dead in heaven
    In the dark and deadly days of Black 47

    God's curse upon you Lord Trevalian
    May your great Queen Victoria rot in hell
    'Til England and its Empire
    Answer before heaven
    For the crimes they committed in Black 47

    Paudie says "c'mon now
    Don't look back, she's not livin', she's a phantom
    And she'll curse us if we look into her eyes"
    Oh God, I must be dyin' - the fever's in me brain
    For can't you see that pack of children up ahead
    The beards of old men sproutin' from their chins
    Can't you hear their screams of hunger on the wind

    Oh darlin' Paudie save me
    I think I'm sinkin' fast, me blood is boilin'
    Don't let me die here in a ditch
    If the hunger doesn't get me - the fever surely will
    So Paudie picked me up and threw me 'cross his shoulders
    He nursed me everyday 'til we reached Amerikay
    Screamin' and shoutin' like a madman at the wind-Black47

Thanks,
Mattie


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: Beer
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 09:44 PM

Can't help you Mattie but welcome to Mudcat. I'm sure someone will post to help you.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: LynnMagnuson
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 10:49 PM

I'll take a look around for that one. I've heard it somewhere but got no idea who did it. Try looking for it within the Black music genres. Judging from the lyrics, I'd guess the artist who wrote it is probably Black. That might help you locate it. Try blues, etc. Older stuff. Hope that helps. Don't mean to sound racial at all .. but each culture on this Earth does have it's unique use of the language, etc. and I've found knowledge of that useful in locating really obsure music. I love older Black music personally!

Lynn in New Orleans


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 11:24 PM

Irish history, not Black.

In 1847, "Black 47," thousands of Irish left their land because the potato crop was blighted for a second year, disease was rampant, many starved, and those who could afford it crossed to America.
8.2 million Irish in 1842 were reduced to 6.5 million in 1851.

There is an Irish band in New York called "Black 47," check their recordings.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 11:29 PM

It is on Black 47's cd, "Fire of Freedom," released in 1993, Capitol label.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 11:38 PM

The song was written by Larry Kirwan, one of the founders of Black 47. He is an amazing songwriter and Black 47 is an incredible ball of energy. Politics, passion and a helluva good time. One of my favorite bands of all time.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 11:44 PM

I remember Larry when he was playing my college as Turner & Kirwan of Wexford back in 1974. Have two of their albums from then. Missed Black 47 last time they played the Abbey in Chicago.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Apr 09 - 05:42 AM

Welcome Mattie E.

Wonderful group - powerful song - good group to see live - interesting "cross over" style that does not fit easily into any one box.

As noted above - the song and the group are both the same title - you will find the track on Fire of Freedom and the Black 47 EP their first public recordings - it is available through many on-line sources.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Origins: Black '47 song- who has recorded it?
From: MARINER
Date: 21 Apr 09 - 04:38 PM

Aye Phil, Larry is a great writer and Black47 are one of the greatest live bands ever. I saw them in Boston last month and a dozen times before . But the Turner part of Turner and Kirwan of Wexford is another amazing and much lauded singer/songwriter,Pierce Turner.Check out his three albums on Beggars Banquet from the 80s and any of his recordings since then. You will find them on his site www.pierceturner.com


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