Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: Saint Patrick's Month

How come Saint Patrick's Day only gets one day? How come there's not a whole season dedicated to this fun holiday? Come on, who dislikes green? Heck, Bush and Ford are all over "green" these days. And Saint Patrick was a nice guy (that's the whole "Saint" part in his title) -- although I'm sure, hated by anyone anti-religion.

So, I think we should celebrate the entire first half of the month of March, instead of just one day. So I shall -- with much singing!

Today, I'll give you the words to a really neat Irish tune. It's short, but very powerful. It was written in the early 1800s Thomas Moore. It's called "The Minstrel Boy." I love this song, have a neat rendition on CD, and sing along at the top of my voice:

The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;"
Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!"

If you want to sing along, you can hear
the midi tune as well.

Interestingly enough, when looking for the lyrics online so I didn't have to type them, I found The Minstrel Boy blog! Weird, huh?

And if I could sing a little better, I'd sing this at the Renaissance Festival this year...

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