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Domhnach na Fola: Sunday Bloody Sunday

In the best of Irish traditions I want to ask you to put on a green T-shirt and have a pint of black stout before you start reading…


Well done 😉


Now I can introduce to you one of the most intelligent, popular, good-looking band in the world…their name wasn’t so powerful or evocative when on 17th March 1978 (yes, precisely on St Patrick’s Day!!!) in Dublin, they won a talent show. The prize consisted in £500 and the possibility to record a demo which would be heard by CBS Ireland. They recorded their first album, “Boy”, that was n°1 for some weeks in the Irish Chart.
Now, after about forty years, “U2” is not only a band’s name but a whole world of songs and emotions. Bono, Edge, Clayton, Mullen. Four Irish angels who have come to save the world with their music.
Today we’ll listen to “Sunday Blood Sunday”, U2´s first political song.
This song is taken from my favourite album, “War”, and speaks about the events happened on 30th January 1972: on that day in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland the U.K. army fired against a group of people during a civil rights march, killing fourteen of them, mainly young boys. All of them were not armed. That day, which was a Sunday, is known as Bloody Sunday (Domhnach na Fola in Irish).

Bogside Artists' mural showing all who were killed by the British Army on that day.

Mural by the Bogside Artists showing all who were killed by the British Army on Bloody Sunday

Bono once said:” it’s called Sunday Bloody Sunday, it speaks about us, it speaks about Ireland. But if you don’t like it, we won’t play it anymore”.

The song begins with the sound of drums and with Bono’s voice, followed by Edge with his aggressive guitar riff that continues during all the song. Everything is so rhythmical and this helps us to listen to the lyrics. The song is written from the point of view of a boy who is incredulous in front of the killing of people of his own country.. this boy sings:

” I can’t believe the news today
I can’t close my eyes and make it go away.
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long, how long?”

I love the whole lyrics, but in the first stanza I can see all the meaning of the song…

And now while you listen to this masterpiece you will understand what I meant when I wrote that U2 are one of the most intelligent bands in the world.

Zakk

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6 thoughts on “Domhnach na Fola: Sunday Bloody Sunday

  1. Bono is one of my favourite singers and I think that his voice is fantastic in “City of blinding lights” and “I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight” 🙂

  2. The Wake Of Bloody Sunday

    No
    Dogs bark
    Nor people
    Smile

    Broken hearts
    And silence
    For the dead

    A city sobs
    A nation weeps

    Because of a peoples loss

    LIAM Ó Comáin

  3. Derry’s Thirteen

    (Derry City, 30th January, 1972.)

    Brit ’ officials
    Sought to
    Snuff out
    On behalf of
    A political
    Creed the
    Northern
    Movement for
    Civil rights

    Twelve lives
    Another later
    As they strolled
    Sharing craic
    And song…

    Innocence
    Acknowledged
    In – spite of
    Attempts to
    Blacken

    With pride
    Cherish
    The memory
    Of Derry’s 13

  4. The Derry Volunteer

    With an AK47on the fringes
    Of Derry believing in the
    Same cause as 1916
    Blood stained the grass
    Where soft rain anointed
    A Derry volunteer still
    Only a teen

    After the battle
    Hastening to parents
    Conveying through tears
    Their precious loss
    Uttering a prayer
    By a childhood image
    Pleading with God
    To lighten their cross…

    As a lark sweetly sang
    Near the place of burial
    In wood he was lowered
    Into Creggan earth
    He had lived he had loved
    But alas now departed
    Through the vale of death
    Not far from his hearth

    Liam Ó Comáin

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