Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On This St. Patrick's Day . . .

. . . . let's remember that hunger is a man made problem.

For more about Ireland's Great Famine - see here: http://www.nde.state.ne.us/ss/irish/irish_pf.html

or you can start with Sinead -




OK, I want to talk about Ireland



Specifically I want to talk about the "famine"


About the fact that there never really was one


There was no "famine"


See Irish people were only allowed to eat potatoes


All of the other food


Meat fish vegetables


Were shipped out of the country under armed guard


To England while the Irish people starved


And then on the middle of all this


They gave us money not to teach our children Irish


And so we lost our history


And this is what I think is still hurting me


See we're like a child that's been battered


Has to drive itself out of it's head because it's frightened


Still feels all the painful feelings


But they lose contact with the memory


And this leads to massive self-destruction


alcoholism, drug adiction


All desperate attempts at running


And in it's worst form


Becomes actual killing


And if there ever is gonna be healing


There has to be remembering


And then grieving


So that there then can be forgiving


There has to be knowledge and understanding


All the lonely people


where do they all come from


An American army regulation Says you mustn't kill more than 10% of a nation


'Cos to do so causes permanent "psychological damage"


It's not permanent but they didn't know that


Anyway during the supposed "famine"


We lost a lot more than 10% of our nation


Through deaths on land or on ships of emigration


But what finally broke us was not starvation


but it's use in the controlling of our education


Schools go on about "Black 47"


On and on about "The terrible famine"


But what they don't say is in truth


There really never was one


(Excuse me)


All the lonely people


(I'm sorry, excuse me)


Where do they all come from


(that I can tell you in one word)


All the lonely people


where do they all belong


So let's take a look shall we


The highest statistics of child abuse in the EEC


And we say we're a Christian country


But we've lost contact with our history


See we used to worship God as a mother


We're sufferin from post traumatic stress disorder


Look at all our old men in the pubs


Look at all our young people on drugs


We used to worship God as a mother


Now look at what we're doing to each other


We've even made killers of ourselves


The most child-like trusting people in the Universe


And this is what's wrong with us


Our history books the parent figures lied to us


I see the Irish


As a race like a child


That got itself basned in the face


And if there ever is gonna be healing


There has to be remembering


And then grieving


So that there then can be forgiving


There has to be knowledge and understanding


All the lonely people


Where do they all come from


All the lonely people


Where do they all come from

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