Emerald Isle

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When we came from the Emerald Isle
We were starving and filthy and strange
When we came to the land of opportunity
There were some who just spat in our face

It was all ancient history
By the 20th century
But the point is
It coulda been you or me
Hated and feared, and despised and vilified
Every night on the TV

When we came from the Emerald Isle
They said our men were all drunken boors
When we fled from the terror and hunger
They said our women were sluts and whores

And t'was all ancient history
By the 20th century
But the point is
It coulda been you or me
Hated and feared, and despised and vilified
Every night on the TV

And now there are those who pipe up and say
"The Irish were persecuted too!"
But only to justify their ignorance
And myopic, misinformed views

Don't you talk about our plight
And turn your back on a brother
Or a sister, just because they are brown or black
Or if they don't have the right papers
Or they're from a country
That you are afraid of
If you tell them to go back
You're no friend of mine
And I have no words for you that are kind

When we came from the Emerald Isle
Our skin was as white as snow
But still, we were treated like garbage
And the reason why, did you know?

We were not yet "the white race"
The concept was different then
Not like the way it is now
And yes, it's only a concept
For the comfort and use of
Those who've got nothing else
To be proud of, other than the fact
That their skin is white as snow

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from Have a Good One, released November 1, 2017

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Samuel Windmill Coralville, Iowa

Samuel Fraser Windmill (born June 3, 1995) is an artist, musician, author and film maker currently living in Coralville, Iowa. A songwriter in some form or another since he was a toddler, and an artist of all kinds for just as long, his musical career began for all intents and purposes when in late 2010, at age 15, he met Detrell Smith (later of Other Band) and formed The Tea Party Fascists. ... more

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