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Gordon Jackson Origins: Colcannon / The Skillet Pot (43) RE: Origins: Colcannon / The Skillet Pot 08 Nov 18

Interesting. I find this an extremely sophisticated song in that it works on so many levels (well, three, at least). First, taken literally it is indeed a romantic, idealised ditty of rural life. But it's also a plea for a return to simpler times (whether or not they ever existed is a different matter); these times may be earlier historical epochs or the innocence of our youth. Thirdly, of course, it mentions 'The Troubles', though not capitalised in the printed text. In addition, the use of certain words may prompt some people towards an at least cursory examination of traditional foods and mythological characters. Moreover, the tune I know is very similar to the one posted above, but with a few Ebs replacing some of the Es, giving it a much punchier feel. Finally, it can also be used as a rousing chorus song in certain sessions. Yes, I like it very much!

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