Jon wishes all a “Happy St Patricks day!” adding, appropriately enough, “I got this from Planxty. There’s also a nice version available on iTunes sung by Marguerite Hutchinson (Magpie Lane) with yours truly on Uileann pipes. I sold the pipes shortly afterwards so it may be the only surviving evidence of that particular obsession.”
Another from that first Planxty album and lament of the homesick émigré. One of the great displacements of a population is at the heart of this. It’s a subject I might like to get my teeth into, but confess to being largely ignorant of the facts. As such I’ll leave you to Mudcat away, starting here, where you’ll also note the obvious Canadian variant of this. Perhaps it’s best to put the cork back into the political bottle and gargle a Guinness or three to get on the celebratory side instead. Still, I find this rather moving, especially the sentiment at the end. Stirring stuff.