When the law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow..
And when the leaves, in Summer time, their verdure does not show..
Then, I will change the color I wear in my cabbeen:
But, till that day, please God! I’ll stick to the Wearing of the Green!
Wearing of the Green
Something for the weekend. The weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day seemed an appropriate time for Irish music, and you don’t get more Irish than The Wearing of the Green. Written in 1798 by that most prolific of songsters, Anonymous, the song is a lament and a cry of defiance against the repression imposed by the British on Ireland following the defeat of the Irish rising in 1798. British misrule in Ireland accounts for the fact that ten percent of Americans claim predominantly Irish ancestry. The tune as a result has always been popular in America. After the Civil War, Anonymous took up his pen in 1865 and wrote The Wearing of the Gray to the same tune.
For the Great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry
And all their songs are sad.
GK Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse