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The Irish came to America for Freedom: A song from that time to prove it.

Hello folks,

I came across this song while doing research on the Irish Diaspora community. I found the words eerily relevant to what is happening today. Imagine the millions of Irish immigrants that have sung this song on their way over to the "land of the free". Considering that many Irish now have traditionally voted Democrat I find it high time for many of them to reconsider what that party stands for (or the two party system in general).

The Irish came here for freedom from Taxation of wages and better jobs (as specifically mentioned in this ballad). Another reason was the onerous treatment they received under English rule. While they were not successful in getting out from under Britain's thumb, America was.

The main reason I was looking into Irish roots has to do with a new member to my State Senate campaign named Declan Hasson (Chief of Staff) who is from Derry, Ireland. If any people understand oppression and tyranny on their streets it is the Irish.

We recorded some radio ads recently and will be adding another based on this theme. Sometimes people need to be reminded of history to understand that yearning for freedom from taxation, especially the Income Tax is age old and a part of our heritage.

My campaign will be paying to advertise this message on the radio waves here in Dubuque, IA from now until Nov.6th. It is time we took back the perception war from the plantation masters and all those that pine for bigger government.

I implore you to take a few minutes to listen to this song while following along reading the lyrics. When you do, imagine the millions of Irish immigrants as they sang this song before coming to Americay. I still believe that providence is on our side and that sometimes history and her denizens are fighting on our side. Pass this on to a fellow liberty person and especially someone of Irish descent.

Song: The Green Fields of America
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD89a9xkMGk

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/the_green_fields_of_america_lyric...

Lyrics to The Green Fields Of America :
Farewell to the groves of shillelagh and shamrock.
Farewell to the girls of old Ireland all round.
And may their hearts be as merry as ever they could wish for.
As far away o'er the ocean I'm bound.

Oh, my father is old and my mother quite feeble;
To leave their own country it would grieve their heart sore,
Oh the tears down their cheeks in great floods they are rolling
To think they must die upon some foreign shore.

But what matter to me where my bones they may lie buried
If in peace and contentment I can spend my life
The green fields of Amerikay they daily are calling
It's there I'll find an end to my miseries and strife.

So pack up your seastores now consider it no longer
Ten dollars a week isn't very bad pay
With no taxes or tithe to devour up your wages
Across on the green fields of Amerikay.

The lint dams are gone and the looms are lying idle
Gone are the winders of baskets and creels,
And away o'er the ocean, go journeyman cowboy
And fiddlers that play out the old mountain reels

Ah and I mind the time when old Ireland was flourishing,
And most of her tradesmen did work for good pay
Ah, but since our manufacturers have crossed the Atlantic
It's now we must follow on to Amerikay.

And now to conclude and to finish my ditty
If e'er a friendless Irishman should happen my way
With the best in the house I will treat him, and welcome him
At home on the green fields of Amerikay.

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This thread reminds me of folk dancing...

If we had more old time music, along with barn dances, good, clean recreation where young and aged are all welcome, it would help people to come togther more. Of course the local church(not the one on the corner but the one in the Bible waiting for the taking) should ideally be the central hub. But folk dancing with music that is not offensive seems to be a great activity that could serve a need politically as well as socially.

Not talking about western style square dance which is really based in competition, but a revival of the old American dances that beginners can participate in the first evening. I guess some Contra dance clubs have some of that in the mix. But if every town had a central hub and SAFE place to enjoy social dance or for couples, couples dance, this would be a place for folks to gather and get to know their neighbors like they used to.

There would be something for everyone. Some could be musicians as a live band is a must with fiddle music being at the top. Banjo players, mandolin, singers, callers, good cooks, people who simply greet and make others welcome...

Almost every town has something like this already that could be made better with New England having one of the strongest traditions to my understanding. So searching out what is going on in each of our respective areas might be a start. We need a way to get and stay connected locally as there is a lot of work ahead and sound recreation could help.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
"I am the door." -Jesus Christ

Thank you for this :)

My grandmother came to America from Ireland with her parents when she was a little girl.

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Damn the English!

A nation of renters, we be. Our potatoes rot, as you see.

The power and humour of great Irish Curses!
"Curse of the seven snotty orphans on you"..... and other favourites.

Just as we have blessings for every occasion, there are nearly as many Irish curses for every situation. We may not like to admit it openly but Irish people swear a lot and we have to be careful when abroad. Our loose tongues can offend U.S and British ears in particular.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul