Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Tuesday Night Irish Music Byte

Irish Music week continues…

Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts. First playing together in the basement of a friend’s barbershop, they blended traditional folk rock and punk rock known as Celtic punk. Their influences include Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, The Clash, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners, Hot Water Music, and the Swingin’ Utters.

Tonight’s video clip is the Dropkick Murphys playing the traditional Irish ballad  “Black Velvet Band” at a live performance in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day a few year’s back. We have provided the lyrics because we understand how difficult it can be for some of you to understand a Boston/Irish accent while screamed in traditional punk rock fashion. We have also provided a video clip of the more traditional Irish Rovers playing the same song so as not to offend you traditionalists. Please enjoy!

BLACK VELVET BAND

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they call Belfast, apprentice to trade I was bound.
And many an hour of sweet happiness I spent in that neat little town.
But bad misfortune came o’er me, and caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations. They follow the black velvet band.

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Well, I went out strolling one evening, not meaning to go very far,
When I met with a frolicksome damsel. She was selling her trade in the bar.
A watch she took from a customer, and slipped it right into my hand.
Then the law came and put me in prison.
Bad luck to her black velvet band!

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Next morning, before judge and jury, for trial I had to appear.
And the judge, he said “my young fellow, the case against you is quite clear.
And seven long years is your sentence. You’re going to Van Diemen’s Land,
Far away from your friends and relations. They follow the black velvet band.”

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Now, come all ye jolly young fellows, I’ll have you take warning by me.
And whenever you’re out on the liquor, my lads, beware of the pretty colleens.
For they’ll fill you with whiskey and porter, til you are not able to stand.
And the very next thing that you know, my lads, you’ve landed in Van Diemen’s
Land.

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band

Christians Join Glenn Beck Boycott

Glenn Beck pleads for one more chance with Fox execs.

First, nearly all of his American advertisers fled when he called President Obama “a racist” with “a deep seated hatred for white people”. Next, he lost all of the sponsors on his United Kingdom broadcasts. Now, Christians are boycotting Glenn Beck as a consequence of his urging of audience members to leave their churches if they promote “social justice”. The liberal evangelical leader, Jim Wallis of Washington D.C. feels that Beck’s shows are unlistenable and unwatchable and he said,

What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith and Christians should no longer watch his show.

Last week Glenn Beck told his radio audience to search for certain “code words” on the websites of their churches. He told them that if they found such terms as “social justice” and “economic justice” then they should leave their church. The reason to leave he said, was because those words indicate that the church supports socialism or communism or Nazism. More specifically, Glenn Beck said,

I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!

Someone over at the Fox network should have advised their resident lunatic that Christians do not take lightly to attacks upon their faith. But would it have made any difference? Probably not. Glenn Beck is merely a cartoonish oaf that seems to lack the ability to think through a subject before vomiting it out of his pie hole. And to carry the analogy a bit further, the network is then left to clean up his mess.

Faith bashing however, may prove to be Glenn Beck’s final insult. With the loss of church goers to go along with the loss of people of color and mainstream sponsors, Beck is left only with an audience of flash in the pan fanatical Tea-Baggers. Methinks the end is near. Perhaps we should thank GOD.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with this newly penned song parody. Please enjoy.

Beth song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uABnCLr4Pp0

BECK

(sung to the Kiss song “Beth”)

Beck we hear you calling
We can hear you droning now
We don’t care what you’re saying
You are simply background sound

Just a few more hours
And we’ll be all done with you
Boycotts have ratings falling
Oh, Beck what can you do?
Beck what can you do?

Your skull is so damn empty
A receding, balding dome
Soon you’ll be somewhere else
But you’re sure to be alone

The Fox Network powers
Will soon be all done with you
I think I hear them calling
Oh, Beck what can you do?
Beck what can you do?

(musical interlude)

Beck, we know you’re lonely
And you’re really in a plight
‘Cuz your last show will be broadcasting tonight.

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