Posted by: Mish | January 20, 2009

Love and Freedom

The Irish have had their share of political strife. Everyone everywhere has had their James Connelly and martyr so U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” was apropos for the inauguration concert. The song is about the power of an individual and of the people. In the Rattle and Hum album is a dedication to Martin Luther King Jr, who is referred to in “Pride”. During the concert, Bono said that freedom is:

“not just an American dream, also an Irish dream, European dream, African dream, Israeli dream, also a Palestinian dream.”

and:

“Let freedom reign! Every village, every hamlet, every state, every city, let freedom reign!”

U2’s “Pride” performance:

Lyrics:

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

…nobody like you…there’s nobody like you…

Mmm…mmm…mmm…
Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?

As Woody Guthrie wrote and sang in 1940, “this land was made for you and me”. Reminding people of the need to live together, here’s “This Land is Your Land” performed by Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and Tao Rodriguez:

Lyrics:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.
I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me a voice was sounding
Saying this land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

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Responses

  1. great poetry comes from that land. Those peoples have a deep understanding of the roots of life; its hardships, its manifold joys. They have blessed many lands with their emigrant waves.

    and beautiful song too!

  2. Indeed. Slainte!


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