Song of Erin
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music
This is a kind of album overture and a four-minute potted history of Ireland from mythological mists to present realities. The first verse refers to ancient tales, copied by Christian monks but told before books were written. Erin, the goddess of the magical Tuaithe De Danann, welcomes the Milesians but she can’t stop the battle that rages between the two groups. In the evening multitudes are slain but the next morning the dead arise and fight on better than ever. Eventually having concluded that they can never defeat each other they make a division of the island giving the day and everything above the ground to the more mundane Milesians and giving the night and everything below the ground to the De Dannan who seemed content since they were spirit people anyway.
Kings and Popes dominate history after that and poor people’s very survival often depended on following whatever flag or crosier that was waved at them. Borders were raised and pacts were made as minorities on both sides kept their heads down and Majoritarianism ruled Democracy. In the North there was rising and falling until one morning in early Good Friday 1998 we arose with a mutual understanding that the spirit of Peace could be best achieved not by what we could beat out of each other but by what we could afford to give to each other.
I’ll sing a song of Erin, goddess of the land
This Celtic Christianity grows away from Rome
What’s around the corner
Another day another way another Henry now
Remember 1690 liberty for all
Each and Every generation rising up again
Compromise is treachery that's what you hear them say