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Title:
Songs of Irish rebellion : Irish political street ballads and rebel songs, 1780-1900
Author:
Zimmermann, Georges Denis, 1930-
Uniform Title:
Irish political street ballads and rebel songs, 1780-1900
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Dublin, Ireland ; Portland, Or. : Four Court Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
342 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Originally published under title: Irish political street ballads and rebel songs, 1780-1900. Genève : Impr. La Sirène, 1966. With new pref.

Includes melodies with words.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781851826292
Format :
Book

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Summary

This classic collection is a discussion of songs that gave utterance to the opinions and feelings of an important part of the Irish people in political, social, and religious feelings. First published in 1966, this is a new edition with corrections and additional notes. The songs, which were within the reach of all strands of society, were not only an expression of the singers' and listeners' feelings or opinions but also a form of propaganda. And when printers invested in them with the production of broadsheets and booklets, they became an industry. Thus, as the author states in his introduction, they are a curious melting pot for different kinds of literature or sub-literature.


Author Notes

Georges Denis Zimmermann is an emeritus professor at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Part 1
I. Blind violence and vain hopesp. 15
The Irish peasantry before the Land War: the agrarian system, the famine, agrarian agitation, the secret societies, the Tithe War, the party fightsp. 15
Ballad-makers and ballad-mongersp. 19
Heroes and villains: the highwayman, the man on the run, the peaceable farmer driven to despair, the avenger; the informerp. 24
Curses and phophecies. A miraculous future: the liberating fleet, the exiles' return, Napoleon as a potential liberatorp. 27
Analogies with episodes from the Biblep. 33
II. Popular nationalism and unsuccessful risingsp. 35
The beginnings of political balladry in Ireland: the Volunteers, the United Irishmen and Paddy's Resource, the rising of 1798, the Union, Robert Emmetp. 35
The Liberty Tree and the Wearing of the Greenp. 41
Emancipation. Sectarian feeling in songsp. 43
Repeal. Songs on Daniel O'Connell. 1848. Fenianismp. 46
The street singers and politics. The attitude of the policep. 49
Cryptic expression and allegory: Ireland as a woman, popular leaders as animalsp. 52
III. Political realism and blood sacrificep. 59
The Land War. Home Rule. Songs on Parnellp. 59
The ballads on the Phoenix Park murdersp. 62
The fall of Parnell. Anticlericalism in songsp. 63
Ballads on the Boer Warp. 65
The type of the idealistic rebel. The hero's motherp. 66
Sinn Fein and 1916p. 67
'The Memory of the Dead'; the martyr for Irelandp. 69
Aftermath of 1916 and songs of the 1920'sp. 72
IV. Romantic patriotism and literary imitations of street balladryp. 75
Political balladry as propaganda. Street songs as a source of inspiration for writersp. 75
Thomas Moorep. 76
The Young Irelanders: The Nation and The Spirit of the Nationp. 78
Romanticizing the pastp. 81
Patriotic writers in the second half of the nineteenth centuryp. 82
Return to 'come-all-ye' balladry. W.B. Yeat's political balladsp. 83
The Rose themep. 84
V. The form of the songsp. 87
Some usual patterns: the aisling, the pastourelle and the reverdie, the dream, the debat, the execution song, the hunting song, the alphabet songp. 88
The narrative technique of the broadside balladsp. 96
Pseudolearned allusionsp. 98
Peculiarities of the Anglo-Irish dialect and of ballad phraseologyp. 99
Prosodic peculiarities of the Irish broadside ballads: internal rhymes, influence of dialectal pronunciationp. 104
The tunesp. 108
Techniques of singingp. 113
Part 2 A selection of Irish political songs and balladsp. 117
1. The Blackbirdp. 119
2. The Volunteers' Marchp. 122
3. Ireland's Gloryp. 123
4. Freedom Triumphantp. 125
5. Plant, Plant the Treep. 127
6. Blaris Moorp. 129
7. The Shan Van Vochtp. 133
8. Edwardp. 138
9. Dunlavin Greenp. 140
10. Come all you Warriorsp. 142
11. Some treat of Davidp. 144
12. Billy Byrne of Ballymanusp. 149
13. The Song of Prosperousp. 150
14. Captain Doorley and the Boynep. 152
15. Michael Boylanp. 154
16. General Munroep. 156
17. Rody MacCorlyp. 158
18. Rouse, Hiberniansp. 160
19. The Croppy Boy (I)p. 161
20. The Rambler from Clarep. 165
21. Green on my Cape--The Wearing of the Greenp. 167
22. The Suit of Greenp. 170
23. Bold McDermottp. 172
24. The Banished Defenderp. 173
25. My Emmet's no morep. 175
26. The Patriot Queenp. 176
27. Erin's Green Shorep. 178
28. The Young Man's Dreamp. 180
29. The New Granuwalep. 182
30. The Green Linnet (Napoleon)p. 184
31. The Royal Eaglep. 186
32. The New Bunch of Loughero--The Bonny Bunch of Roses, Op. 188
33. The Banishment of Patrick Bradyp. 192
34. Owen Rooney's Lamentationp. 194
35. The Battle that was fought in the Northp. 195
36. The Lamentation of James O'Sullivanp. 196
37. A Discussion between Church and Chapelp. 198
38. The Sorrowful Lamentation of Denis Mahonyp. 200
39. The Noble Ribbon Boysp. 201
40. The Castlepollard Massacrep. 203
41. The Barrymore Tithe Victoryp. 204
42. Slieve Na Monp. 206
43. Fergus O'Connor and Independencep. 208
44. The Grey Horse--The Grey Marep. 210
45. The Peeler and the Goatp. 213
46. The Ass's Complaint--The Ass and the Orangeman's Daughterp. 215
47. Dicky in the Yeomenp. 218
48. Billy's Downfallp. 220
49. The Saxon Shillingp. 222
50. Glorious Repeal Meeting held at Tara Hillp. 224
51. The Memory of the Deadp. 226
52. The Croppy Boy (II)p. 228
53. The Sorrowful Lamentation of those Poor Convictsp. 230
54. Erin's King, or Daniel is no morep. 231
55. The Kerry Eaglep. 233
56. Erin's Green Linnetp. 235
57. The Emigrant's Farewell to Donegalp. 236
58. A new song on the Rotten Potatoesp. 237
59. Mitchel's Addressp. 239
60. Granua's Lament for the Loss of her Blackbird Mitchelp. 240
61. The Escape of Meagherp. 242
62. A Lament written on the Dreadful Massacre of Sixmilebridgep. 243
63. Patrick Sheehanp. 245
64. The Lamentation of the two Cormacksp. 248
65. McKenna's Dreamp. 250
66. The Irish Harvest Men's Triumphp. 253
67. Ireland's Liberty Treep. 255
68. The General Fox Chasep. 257
69. The Rising of the Moonp. 259
70. Rossa's Farewellp. 261
71. Burke's Dreamp. 262
72. The Smashing of the Vanp. 263
73. A Lamentation on Allen, Larkin and O'Brienp. 265
74. God Save Irelandp. 266
75. Rory of the Hillp. 268
76. Bold Jack O'Donoghuep. 269
77. Poor Old Granuailep. 272
78. Harvey Duffp. 273
79. The Land League's Advicep. 274
80. A new song on Michael Davittp. 275
81. The Blackbird of Avondalep. 277
82. The Shooting of Baileyp. 279
83. The Green Linnet (Davitt)p. 280
84. Lamentable Lines on J. Brady and D. Curleyp. 281
85. Skin-the-Goat's Curse on Careyp. 282
86. Patrick O'Donnellp. 284
87. A new song entitled the Kerry Evictionp. 286
88. Moonlight Attack on Curtin's Housep. 287
89. We won't hear our Leader run downp. 289
90. Father Murphy of the County Wexford (Boulavogue)p. 290
91. The Last Moments of Robert Emmet (Bold Robert Emmet)p. 292
92. John McBride's Brigadep. 293
Part 3 The songs of the 'loyal' party
a) A note on Orange songs and balladsp. 295
b) A selection of Orange songs and balladsp. 306
93. Lisnagadep. 306
94. Croppies lie downp. 307
95. The Tree of Libertyp. 310
96. Dolly's Braep. 311
97. The Grand Mystic Orderp. 314
98. The Aughalee Heroesp. 315
99. The Murder of McBriarsp. 317
100. A new loyal song against Home Rulep. 319
Bibliographyp. 321
Index of songsp. 335
Index of namesp. 341