Will Ye Go Lassie Go

by Odd Man Out
Who said Ireland is “a land of happy wars and sad love songs?” It was Richard Sheridan, writer of those convoluted Restoration plays. Ain’t Wikipedia great?

Footnote: How ironic is it that the Irish fought to throw English armies out of Ireland for a thousand years and then, after all was finally going well, were enslaved by a gang of bankers? More here.

Finnegan’s Wake

by Odd Man Out
Leave it to the Irish to write a song in which the miracle of resurrection is achieved through spilled whiskey (from the Gaelic for “water of life”). This version of “Finnegan’s Wake,” by my deceased mother’s favorite band, brings back memories of the many resurrections I witnessed as a child.