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Thread #11826   Message #2003679
Posted By: GUEST,Bardan
21-Mar-07 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ride On (Jimmy MacCarthy)
Subject: RE: Irish Song; 'Ride On'
I read somewhere that the horse was a metaphor for republicanism. (Green eyes anyone?) The idea being she'd sort of got on it and it took her to a mental 'place' he would never want to go to. (Armed struggle, blah bla blah.) Could be complete and utter rubbish of course. Doesn't really matter in some ways. It's a song that touches the emotions rather more than the intellect (for me at least.) Yeah the claw along my gut thing is interesting. To me it seems like an obviously very sensual, loving gesture, but (maybe because it is the last time) it is emotionally agonising, hence the harsh physical imagery. Hmmm, my English, just keep saying stuff and maybe they'll give you a decent mark for trying skills are still sharp. I think I ought to be propping up a bar.