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Thread #18412   Message #188946
Posted By: JedMarum
03-Mar-00 - 04:37 PM
Thread Name: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
Subject: RE: Questions re: Come Out Black & Tans?
mcmoo - yiu need to understand that I do have an understanding, albeit limited, of the historical matters behind the song. If I was travelling in Ireland I would not choose to perform the song there, because I understand the sensitivities of the issues. I sing many songs from a historical perspective that have terms, and express ideas that I do not use or support - but they make sense from a historical point-of-view, and express the author's view. An example of a term might be 'darkies' the song line from a lovely American folk tune says, "In the evening by the moonlight, you can hear those darkies singing" - well I would never use an expressoin like that, but it is appropriate for the song, and need not be assumed a racist comment. I also sing the glories Confederate (American) Civil War soldiers - but this does not make mean I support the Confederate cause.

When I sing Black and Tans or songs of that ilk, I understand the risk, but in the US, most people are unaware of the issues, and take the song at face value ... it expresses the feelings one man (the author) felt, in days gone by. I do have a personal connection with the Balck and Tans era, through stories passed down, and do not feel the way the author of this song feels, but I do understand the impact that era had on my family, 80 years later. I posted a song on the subject here).