‘Will Ye Go Lassie Go’

It’s a good day to listen to “Will Ye Go Lassie Go” by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. It was also recorded by Joan Baez, and by the Byrds, as “Wild Mountain Thyme,” and has been sung for hundreds of years. It’s not really a sad song, not unless you’re already in a sad frame of mind… OK, it’s a sad song.

Who said Ireland is “a land of happy wars and sad love songs?” It was Richard Sheridan, writer of The School for Scandal and other famously convoluted Restoration plays.

Footnote: How ironic is it that the Irish fought to throw English armies out of Ireland for hundreds of years and then, after all was finally going well, allowed themselves to be enslaved by a bunch of bankers?

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