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This is not your country
Topic Started: Tue 21 Mar 2017, 23:05:33 (288 Views)
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Controversial Northern Irish political figure Martin McGuinness died earlier today. His activism is being condemned as if there was no context, but Morrissey explains in This is Not Your Country, which he wrote in 1997 to mark the founding of the Northern Irish Civil Rights Association, contrary to what others say about the title being taken from a line in the 1992 Skinhead film, Romper Stomper:

"As with Lennon, Morrissey did not address his Irishness in song until late in his career. In 1997, he acknowleged the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association with the piercing broadside, This Is Not Your Country. It was one of his best and unheralded political songs. Its cello backing added a bonechilling ambience to the descriptions of armoured cars, barbed wire and trigger-happy soldiers. The fatal shooting of a child was presented without melodrama with Morrissey providing a deliberately dispassionate vocal.

Often his political songs had fallen into the agitpop category, but this was different. Even the acerbic reference to ‘BBC scum’ was not vicious hyperbole but a telling referencfe to the policies of the broadcaating authority which was responsible for censoring countless television programmes during the Troubles. This Is Your Country would have been a brilliant addition to his set list during his Irish tours, but regrettably it was ignored, for reasons unexplained."' - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/rebel-yell-how-the-irish-dominated-british-rock-music-1.2870550

Let us have a release and hear it live yet!

There would have been no peace process without the commitment and efforts of Martin McGuinness R.I.P
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