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Posted By: Jim Carroll
06-Nov-18 - 05:48 AM
Thread Name: Which Irish Troubles Songs are Offensive
Subject: RE: Which Irish Troubles Songs are Offensive
I don't believe there to be any significance to the type of birrd used in these songs
The linnet appears in several songs, including 'Mountain Streams here the Moorcocks Crow', with no political significance whatever
Due to the political situation in Ireland under British rule, coded symbolism occurred in many songs - Charles, 'The Young Pretender', was represented as 'The Royal Blackbird.
An interesting body of political songs are 'the aíslings', where Ireland is represents by a beautiful mysterious woman who either meets a man or appears in his dream, and tells him her troubles (the troubles odf Ireland)   
Michael Hayes, the farmer/land agent who kills the landlord and is chased around Ireland, before escaping to America, is represented as a fox and the epic ballad describing the event often appears as 'The Fox Chase'
Fascinating stuff, in my opinion
Jim Carroll