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Info Req: Free the People

19 Dec 00 - 12:57 PM (#359870)
Subject: Info Req: Free the People
From: Fedele

Was "Free the People" (by Dubliners) written after any particular event or so?


19 Dec 00 - 04:02 PM (#359991)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: Jimmy C

I don't now for sure, I don't even know how old it is but my guess is that it was written about "Internment" which gave the security forces the power to jail people without trial. In the early seventies a lot of people were interned, also in the mid 1950;s. Again I am not sure.


22 Dec 00 - 04:46 AM (#361622)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: Wolfgang

I have it in a songbook which has notes to each song but this. However, the songs in this book are in historical order and this song is the last, that is the newest one. The songbook is from 1975 and the song is hardly much older. As Jimmy has presumed the song is about the internment, but I'm sure it is about the internment in the 1970s, written at about the same time (and in the same spirit) as 'Men behind the wire'.

Wolfgang


22 Dec 00 - 05:24 AM (#361629)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: AKS

If this is of any help: on the LP "Double Dubliners" (1972): Free the People, by (Phil) Coulter - (B?) Martin.

AKS


22 Dec 00 - 02:34 PM (#361844)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: GUEST,Philippa

The authorship also dates the song to the 1970s internment. Among Coulter's other songs are The Town I Love So Well and Scorn Not His Simplicity.


23 Dec 00 - 04:59 AM (#362192)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: widowmaker

As far as I can remember it was about the "Internment"and it was included in the "Dubliners" tribute to Luke Kelly "Lukes Legacy".


23 Dec 00 - 07:55 AM (#362221)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: Fedele

Yes, but it's not so obvious for me, so I ask:
Internment, yes, but... in which country?
(Beautiful song anyway).


23 Dec 00 - 08:02 AM (#362222)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: alison

Northern Ireland...... and probably England

slainte

alison


23 Dec 00 - 08:08 AM (#362223)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: Keith A of Hertford

Not England,just N.Ireland. An act of desperation by the British government at a loss how to end the violence.


23 Dec 00 - 02:17 PM (#362338)
Subject: RE: Info Req: Free the People
From: Fedele

Thanx.