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Thread #152671   Message #3571545
Posted By: Jack Campin
30-Oct-13 - 07:42 PM
Thread Name: Scottish republican socialist songs
Subject: RE: Scottish republican socialist songs
Most English folk songs I know are tuneless, boring, Imperialist, or pornographic about maidens and threshing machines.

You can see why the person who posted that didn't put a name to it.

[Jim MacLean]
I agree with you and it's not my type of song

Yes, and Jim's songs are superbly concrete - there is never any ambiguity that would allow them to be misused.

The Divine Right programme invites non-literal or generalized interpretation, perhaps just because it's so loopy. It's a bit like the way on-the-face-of-it-theocratic ideologies in the Islamic world form the focus of secularism - the Alevi/Bektashi in Turkey (a mainstay of Kemalism for decades) and the related Alawites in Syria. It would help if it had ever had some kind of social programme, though.