8 comments on “Thinking About James Connolly; Singing About James Connolly

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  2. bobf,

    Thanks so much for that. I forgot about Connollly’s own songwriting and his love of song. What a wonderful statement from Connolly you posted. I know that he would often try to begin and end meetings with group singing. My kind of communist. Happy May Day!

    RR

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  3. What’s also interesting is that James Connolly, himself, wrote some great revolutionary songs like “A Rebel Song,” “Arouse!”, “O Slaves of Toil,” “For Labour’s Right,” “When Labour Calls”, “The Flag,” “A Festive Song” “Be Moderate” and “Freedom’s song.” And in the introduction to his 1907 songbook, “Songs of Freedom,” James Connolly wrote the following:
    “No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression. If such a movement has caught hold of the imagination of the masses, they will seek a vent in song for the aspirations, the fears and hopes, the loves and hatreds engendered by the struggle. Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant, singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement; it si a dogma of a few, and not the faith of the multitude.”

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