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The Leaving of Liverpool
by Dubliners
This song always caught me in the days I lived in Ireland. It was sung at every session or by a lonely farmer acapella, holding forth at a pub. Liverpool was the main port of departure to America, Canada or Australia for the Irish. It represents a certain kind of ending, it is guaranteed to leave me in tears after the first verse.

My own family were a clan joined by ties to both Scotland and Ireland through blood and faith. In Ireland, they were once Lords of the Glens who briefly were successful keeping the English from taking their lands. The final straw for my ancestors was the Plantation of Scottish Presbyterians (themselves enslaved by English rule) on Irish lands the English had “conquered”. Like strifes today, the best way to destroy the will of a country is to plant dispossessed and antagonistic factors against each other. Religion seems to work the best. This song is dedicated to the Glens of Antrim.

“Imagine no religion. A brotherhood of man“ - John Lennon, Irishman
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Posted: 17th March 2019
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