Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth a ravishing €25 on offer I asked YOU to name your favourite closing song on an album.
You answered in your tens.
But there could be only one winner.
Hunting The Wren by Lankum.
The final track on their album ‘The Livelong Day’’, a song based on the true story of ‘The Wrens of the Curragh’, a small colony of some of Ireland’s homeless in the middle of the 19th century.
The Wrens were an assortment of pregnant young women, alcoholic women, mentally frail women and ‘fallen women’ who lived in holes scooped out of the ground on the Curragh of Kildare with gorse as their covering.
At that time around one third of the British army was made up of Irishmen and some of the pregnant young women had probably made their way to the burgeoning military camp on the Curragh in search of the young men who were in part responsible for their condition but who had legged it from the small towns and villages that they came from.
Over a period of around five decades many of the women became ‘professionals’, camp followers. Denounced and castigated by local clergy the Wrens were often attacked by ‘pious’ Irishmen who burned their nests and assaulted the women.
Of course, in those days militant clerics yearned for a theocratic state and were content to whip up mobs that saw it as righteous punishment to attack the unfortunate Wrens.
So, not a happy song but a piece relating to a morsel of our history.’
Eclipse by Pink Floyd
Walter Ego writes:
‘The album [Dark Side of the Moon] starts with a heartbeat, brings you on an epic journey of the human soul and ends with a heartbeat. Perfection.’
The End Medley by The Beatles
if the end of Abbey Road can be counted as one song, that medley is one of the most amazing pieces of music in history. Including the jaunty “Her Majesty”.
Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher