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The Terror Time (I Like to Settle in the Wintertime)

[1964]
Album “The Travelling People”, ultima puntata delle “BBC Radio Ballads 1957-1964”, con Charles Parker e Peggy Seeger.
Una canzone dedicata alla discriminazione e al pregiudizio di cui sono vittime, nella perfida Albione come in tutto il mondo, gli “zingari”.
Interpretata anche da altri artisti, come Archie Fisher e Iain MacKintosh


“This song from the last of Ewan MacColl's radio ballads, 'The Travelling People', a programme that dealt with the culture and the living conditions of Britain's gypsies, didikais and tinkers, the ordinary people's ignorance of their ways and the shameful intolerance that is shown them. It was one of the most successful of the radio ballads and was the only one which used traditional as well as revival singers. It also had one of the most shocking endings of any radio programme when the Birmingham Councillor, Harry Wottan, J.P., suggested his ultimate solution to Britain's nomad problem: 'There is nothing left for it but to exterminate them,' he said.”
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I like to settle in the wintertime
(Continues)
Contributed by The Lone Ranger 2010/5/3 - 14:25
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Take The Children And Run

[1984]
Album “Home For A While”
Written by Don Lange

Una canzone sull’incidente che accadde nel 1979 nella centrale nucleare di Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, vicino ad Harrisburg.
Si vedano al proposito anche The No Nuke Song,No More Three Mile Island e soprattutto All Clear in Harrisburg.
Telephone rang, Have you heard the news
(Continues)
Contributed by Alessandro 2010/4/22 - 15:24
Song Itineraries: No Nukes
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The John MacLean March

[1948?]
Versi di Hamish Henderson
Su di una melodia tradizionale scozzese
“The John MacLean March had its first performance in the St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow, at the memorial [concert?] to the great Scottish republican socialist on 28 Nov. 1948, where it was sung by William Noble. It is set to a traditional version of a pipe melody that is today played and sung all over Scotland to the more commercially patriotic verses of Scotland the Brave.” (da Henry's Songbook)



Il brano è stato interpretato da moltissimi artisti e gruppi scozzesi, a cominciare da Dick Gaughan (in “No More Forever” del 1972) e Iain MacKintosh ‎(in “By Request” del 1974).



Come Ballad Of John MacLean di Matt McGinn, un'altra canzone dedicata alla figura di John Maclean, socialista scozzese, noto per la sua fiera opposizione alla prima guerra mondiale. Per questo nel 1918 fu processato per sedizione. Durante l'udienza... (Continues)
Hey Mac did ye see him as ye cam' doon by Gorgie,
(Continues)
Contributed by Alessandro 2009/9/30 - 10:52




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