HISTORY IN MUSIC- “BOBBY SANDS, MP” – BLACK 47

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History in Music- ‘Bobby Sands, MP”- Black 47. It was on this date in 1981 Bobby Sands a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army died after 66 days of hunger strike in Maze’s prison hospital. Bobby Sands was twenty-seven years old. I know there were as there always are a number of stories that were in the news in the spring of 1981 but when I think of spring 1981 I think of the assassination attempt on President Reagan and the long and slow death of Bobby Sands. I watched the national news every night and every night there seemed to be an update on the condition of Bobby Sands. Sands was the leader of the Irish Republican leaders who were protesting against the removal of Special Category Status of a prisoners convicted of Troubles related offenses. He began his hunger strike on March 1, 1981. After he began his hunger strike Bobby Sands was elected to the British Parliament. Sands hunger strike gained international attention as did the Irish Republican movement. Other prisoners joined Sands in going on hunger strikes. Here were their demands-

 

  • the right not to wear a prison uniform;
  • the right not to do prison work;
  • the right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
  • the right to one visit, one letter, and one parcel per week;
  • full restoration of remission lost through the protest

100,000 people lined the route to Bobby Sands funeral. The hunger strikes were called off after ten hunger strikers had died.

In 1996 Larry Kirwan the front man for Black 47 wrote Bobby Sands MP. The song is on Black 47’s ‘Green Suede Shoes album. Below are the lyrics and the song.

My name is Bobby Sands MP
Born in the city of Belfast
Divided by religion I grew up fast
I was stabbed and I was spat upon
My family run out of its home
There was only one solution
Turn the whole system upside down
But the system had other ideas
I got lifted for carryin’ a gun
In a trial without a jury
I got fourteen years from the judge
Screws beat me regularly
But they couldn’t break me because
I had the love of my comrades
And a burnin’ faith in my cause
Still I left a girl outside pregnant
Married her while on remand
Now I got a son and a pain in my heart
When he doesn’t recognize his old man
Your soul’s on ice oh, oh, oh, oh
But they can’t stop the desire
To break on out oh, oh, oh, oh
When your heart is on fire
We wouldn’t wear their convict clothes
So they stripped us to the bone
Threw in some threadbare blankets
And when they jeered us about our nakedness
As we slopped out down the halls
We wouldn’t come out of their prison cells
We smeared shit on their prison walls
Stuck in an eight foot concrete box
With a Bible, a mattress
And the threat of violence everyday
Can I make it through these fourteen years?
Will my son remember my face?
I don’t blame her for the separation
But for Christ’s sake let him keep his name
Your soul’s on ice oh, oh, oh, oh
But they can’t stop the desire
To break on out oh, oh, oh, oh
When your heart is on fire
Five simple things we ask of them
Five simple things denied
But Thatcher, will not compromise
I ask my Mother’s permission
To finally break her heart
We have come to a decision, hunger strike
Three comrades starve behind me
I pray to God that my
Death will lead to compromise
I can no longer see your face
My bones break through my skin
I’m goin’ back to Belfast City
You can’t cage my spirit in
Your soul’s on ice oh, oh, oh, oh
But they can’t stop the desire
To break on out oh, oh, oh, oh
When your heart is on fire
Your soul’s on ice oh, oh, oh, oh
But they can’t stop the desire
To break on out oh, oh, oh, oh
When your heart is on fire

 

 

 

 

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