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I do love this version of this old, old song. And the enchanting pictures - specially the "drummer cat" :)
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I love the Handfish - and that's perfect 'handfish music' - but what is it? Who wrote it?
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+EaglehawkDive Thanks :)
It just suits that darn fish like its own scales :)
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Seems we've all got a claim on both song and scenery. At least one picture is of Canada, another is New Zealand, some of Scotland - so perhaps the intent is to show places where the Scots and the Irish have dispersed  - my ancestors came from both Scotland and Ireland - with a few Englishmen as well - and the wild mountain thyme grows around the blooming heather in my homeland, New Zealand, transported their by me ancestors.
So don't squabble about the origins of the song - just enjoy how it links us all together.
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Loreena McKennitt has a lovely voice, and often makes a song mysterious and evocative, but sadly she's missed the boat with this one - her tempo is much, much too slow, and her style not melancholy but lachrimose. Pity.
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Not exactly. Take "lachrimose" as an increase of emotional, deliberately.
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This is such a beautiful song - it moves me to tears every time I hear it.
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Brilliant! I was dubious at first - but by the end I was cheering almost (almost) as loudly as I cheered Julia Gillard herself when she made that speech. Thank you! That repeated refrain of "Not now. Not ever!" could be the anthem for this generation of women to carry on the work that mine, and my mother's and grandmother's began. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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+Cushla Geary and THAT'S political!
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So sad to see this beautiful song yet again marred by misguided patriotic bigotry. It was written by an ex-patriate Scot, who has spent most of his life in Australia, and it could just as well apply to a soldier from any of the Allied troops. McBride is not uniquely Irish - I am a New Zealander (with an Irish name) and when I was growing up the crazy old man who lived next door was named Terence McBride, and he was a veteran of WWI.
The composer/lyricist, Eric Bogle, says he wrote this in France, and used the name Willy McBride because it provided a suitable rhyme for "side".
Willy McBride is Everyman, the Unknown Soldier, the Eternal Warrior, the Ultimate Sacrifice. Please stop arguing over him - he's all of our sons, and brothers, and fathers, and uncles who ever joined up out of a sense of duty and a desire for adventure, and died miserably in the mud and blood of a battlefield..
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wish people would all think like this, world would be more peacefull
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I love the video - those old illustrations are wonderful. Thanks :)
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Snoopy's Christmas on the radio was the sign that Christmas was really coming - way, way back in the dim past, when the world was new, and my daughter was a child. I'm so glad I found it again - I just played it to my brain damaged husband, and saw his eyes light up with sheer joy. Thanks, whoever put this up - Snoopy shall never die!!!
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I cannot listen to that song, sung by that singer, without tears on my cheeks.
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i have dust in my eyes
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