Revolution and Evolution
Edited By John Strachan and Alison O'Malley-Younger
The book also examines change in the culture of the island of Ireland, from the development of the Irish historical novel in the nineteenth century, to ecology in contemporary Irish women’s poetry, to the present state of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. Contemporary Irish authors examined include Roddy Doyle, Joseph O’Connor and Martin McDonagh.
‘Their Song Is Over’ (and Other Familiar Refrains): Irish Revolutions, Gyrations and Ululations from Lenin to Lennon WILLY MALEY 119
‘Their Song Is Over’ (and Other Familiar Refrains): Irish Revolutions, Gyrations and Ululations from Lenin to Lennon Willy Maley The melancholy that prevails in most of these melodies is even today the expression of the national mood. How could it be otherwise among a people whose rulers are always inventing new, more up-to-date meth- ods of oppression? The latest method, introduced forty years ago and carried to extremes for the past twenty years, is the mass eviction of the Irish from house and home, and that – in Ireland – is tantamount to deportation. Since 1841 the population of the country has decreased by two and a half million, and more than three million Irishmen have emigrated. All in the interests and at the behest of the large landown- ers of English origin. If this goes on for another thirty years, the only Irishmen left will be those in America. — Friedrich Engels, ‘Notes for the Preface to a Collection of Irish Songs’, 1870 You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world But when you talk about destruction Don’t you know that you can count me out/in? — John Lennon, ‘Revolution’, 1968 120 Willy Maley Well it was Sunday Bloody Sunday When they shot the people there The cries of thirteen martyrs Filled the Free Derry air Is there any one amongst you Dare to blame it on the kids...
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