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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 8, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    Best Political Song Ever?

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    This weather is making us all miserable and there is no end in sight. So by way of distraction I am putting forward a nomination for Best Political Song Ever. It is Marvin Gaye’s “Abraham, Martin and John”. 

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    This YouTube version also carries Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which has appeared on this blog before. I defy anyone to get to the end of the recording without becoming dewy-eyed.  If you do, there is something seriously wrong.

    Please feel free to nominate your choice of Best Political Song if you wish. Sad to think that the subjects of the lyrics all met violent deaths, as did Gaye himself. They had their share of human weaknesses as well.

    Worth recalling, too, that the African-American civil rights movement in the US was a source of inspiration for a similar movement in Northern Ireland. Interesting question as to why the US movement achieved some success whereas the local equivalent was superseded by the IRA campaign.

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