Friday, August 3, 2007

Tommy, We Hardly Knew Ye


Tommy Makem died a couple of days ago and I'm inordinately sad. I grew up with my parents' Clancy Brothers LPs; we're tangentially connected via our Scottish, and partly Irish (I'm sure) heritage but it's more than that. It's about the folk movement (again, tangential for me, via Joan and Bob and Pete and, of course, Tommy Makem and his merry band) and the gratitude I feel for hearing music (from German folk songs to Scarlatti) when young, and being influenced by the sheer eclectism of my parents' catholic tastes. I raise my glass to them... and to Tommy.

All you freeborn men of the traveling people
Every tinker, rolling stone, or gypsy rover
Winds of change are blowing, old ways are going...
Your traveling days will soon be over.

2 comments:

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KDT said...

Uh huh.

 
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