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Sat Feb 25, 2012, 12:22 PM

"...and all their songs are sad." Or maybe not.

You know that G.K. Chesterton quote:

For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.


And you know what that means: It's time for another music thread. Post a song that either proves or disproves Chesterton's claim.

First up: Mary Black and Eleanor McEvoy, "Only a Woman's Heart."

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Reply "...and all their songs are sad." Or maybe not. (Original post)
CBHagman Feb 2012 OP
CountAllVotes Feb 2012 #1
CBHagman Feb 2012 #2
CountAllVotes Feb 2012 #3
CBHagman Mar 2012 #4
CBHagman Mar 2012 #5
SaveOurDemocracy Jun 2012 #6
CBHagman Jun 2012 #7
IrishAyes Apr 2013 #12
whathehell Jun 2012 #8
chieftain Oct 2012 #9
CBHagman Oct 2012 #10
chieftain Nov 2012 #11

Response to CBHagman (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 01:02 PM

1. Nothing sad about this one !!






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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 08:31 PM

2. Hey! You've been raiding my playlists.

I love "Whiskey in the Jar"!

That said, it is a song about an outlaw (SPOILER ALERT) whose girl betrays him. Lively but darker than it seems at first blush.

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 03:26 PM

3. that song lifts my spirits

That and a nice pint of

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Response to CBHagman (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 10:17 AM

4. Time for a twin spin.

First, an Irish love song, "The Star of the County Down."

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"The Canticle of the Turning." The melody is "The Star of the County Down" and the lyrics are by Rory Cooney. It's a rallying cry for social justice.

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Response to CBHagman (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 10:27 AM

5. Double posting, but what the hell.

Canadian Loreena McKennitt performing the same song as above. It's a nice reading.

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Response to CBHagman (Original post)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 03:10 PM

6. Always fun...






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Response to SaveOurDemocracy (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 10:17 AM

7. You've read my thoughts!

At YouTube I have an entire playlist devoted to Irish music, including multiple versions of "Finnegan's Wake" I never tire of hearing.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 01:39 AM

12. At the library book sale today

I found a copy of the book "Finnegan's Wake". For quite awhile much of my reading has been a repeat visit to my favorites.

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Response to SaveOurDemocracy (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 12:09 AM

8. Love it...Thanks!..n/t

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Response to CBHagman (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:17 PM

9. I just went to a concert by the wonderful Cathie Ryan.

She says that singing doleful Irish songs all the time almost drove her into therapy. She then went on a quest for a happy Irish song. The link below is one of the sad songs and is evocative of the sense of loss experienced by generations of the Irish Diaspora.


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Response to chieftain (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:26 AM

10. Cathie Ryan is terrific, and here's one HAPPY (though not politically correct) song.

From a live performance, "You and I in the One Bed Lie." The studio version is also available on her self-titled album.



Believe me, it'll set your toes tapping.

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:09 PM

11. She sang it and toes were tapping. n/t

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