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Changed: 3c3
It takes plenty of licence with tradition and with 'keeping it real' (see Stephin Merritt quotes).
It takes some licence with tradition and with 'keeping it real' (see Stephin Merritt quotes).

Removed: 6d5
*On a technicality, [Kilronan] is in County Roscommon ('Abigail / 's gonna be the beauty of County Galway').

Changed: 8c7
The great Irish traditional harp player and songwriter Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1736) is buried in a Kilronan church [source], and Kilronan Parish is still home to a [Harp festival]. In a tradition of non-authentic instrumentation that would surely appeal to Stephin Merritt, much of O'Carolan's harp music, along with other folk tunes and ballads, has been sequenced for MIDI [link].
Kilronan is the main town on Inishmore in the [Aran Islands], part of County Galway ('Abigail / 's gonna be the beauty of County Galway'). Though there's also another [Kilronan Parish] in County Roscommon. The great Irish traditional harp player and songwriter Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1736) is buried in the church of this other Kilronan [source], and Kilronan Parish is still home to a [Harp festival]. In a tradition of non-authentic instrumentation that would surely appeal to Stephin Merritt, much of O'Carolan's harp music, along with other folk tunes and ballads, has been sequenced for MIDI [link].

This song combines the ballad tradition of lovers-parted-by-war (cf. [The Girl I Left Behind Me], [The Cruel War], [Fare Ye Well, Enniskillen], through to Tie a Yellow Ribbon and Billy Don't be a Hero) with the Irish traditional [The Star of the County Down]. In the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin Merritt says that war justifies over-the-top sentimentality, which he likes.

It takes some licence with tradition and with 'keeping it real' (see Stephin Merritt quotes).

  • The album version has treated guitar panned quickly across the stereo — by contrast, the song sounds more 'authentic' when performed live without these treatments.
  • It's hard to place and date the war to which the song refers: there have been few wars that have extended throughout Ireland ('blowing through the land') or been protracted enough for a girl to grow into a woman ('When I come home, if I come home / You'll be a grown woman').

Kilronan is the main town on Inishmore in the [Aran Islands], part of County Galway ('Abigail / 's gonna be the beauty of County Galway'). Though there's also another [Kilronan Parish] in County Roscommon. The great Irish traditional harp player and songwriter Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1736) is buried in the church of this other Kilronan [source], and Kilronan Parish is still home to a [Harp festival]. In a tradition of non-authentic instrumentation that would surely appeal to Stephin Merritt, much of O'Carolan's harp music, along with other folk tunes and ballads, has been sequenced for MIDI [link].

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