A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours

Followers of my Twitter account will be aware that I tweet about music approximately once a day. I am no music aficionado, but I certainly like my music and can hack my way through a few tunes on a few musical instruments. Culture, whatever the heck that is, is an important part of my life, and that is one reason I have got involved in (for example) the Struileag/Shore to Shore project. Art can be a medium to get ideas and sentiments across, perhaps in a manner that unaccompanied prose does not. That is why someone like Karine Polwart’s opening track on Traces about a certain golfing development over at Menie might catch people’s attention better than anything someone like me might pen (or indeed blog).

Today’s #albumoftheday (i.e. my Twitter journey through my CD collection organised alphabetically) was The Smiths, “Strangeways Here We Come”. The opening track, from which this blog takes its name, is about land reform. Well, I am sure I simplify and it is about lots of things, but the chorus (in its three slightly different forms) reads like a radical manifesto. Two choruses are extracted below.

A rush and a push and the land that
We stand on is ours
It has been before
So it shall be again
And people who are uglier than you and I
They take what they need, and leave.

A rush and a push and the land that
We stand on is ours
It has been before
So why can’t it be now?
And people who are weaker than you and I
They take what they want from life.

I will turn to another song, by the unashamedly cultural Gaelic champions Runrig. You might listen to Alba from the Cutter and the Clan and think it is a catchy song, or you might analyse the embedded quote (from the Gaelic version of Isaiah) about the land question that pervades much of the Old Testament.

Sibhse chuir achadh ri achadh

Taigh ri taigh

Gus nach bi ait anns an tìr

An gabh sibh còmhnaidh air leth

In English:

You that have laid field upon field

House upon house

Till there be nowhere for you to be placed alone

In the midst of all the earth

So, what do we take from this? Take what you want, that is the beauty of it. Maybe the Smiths and Runrig wanted land reform, maybe they just wanted a catchy tune. (If Morrissey or the MacDonald brothers read this, do feel free to post a comment.) What should you take from this blog? Again, take what you want. The prose is there, the writer has released it. You the reader can deconstruct it.

About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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  1. Pingback: Ownership, Land and Fitba | basedrones

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