Reviews for Remember The Alamo LyricsPerformed by Johnny Cash
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Context | Reviewer: PJL500 | 7/2/13
After Mexico gained it's independence from Spain at the end of the Mexican war for Independence in 1821, Texas was a part of Mexico & a lot of Anglo-Americans lived in Texas, many owned slaves. The new Constitution of Mexico outlawed slavery so the Texans wanted independence. Mexico did not want Texas to revolt or secede, and they ordered to Texans to honor Mexican law against slavery. as well as demanding they begin complying with other Mexican law which they were not. It had no effect, Texans simply ignored the laws they didn't like (the big problem was the slavery issue). Although a majority of Texans wanted peace despite disagreeing with many of the laws of Mexico, so they declared their loyalty of Mexico to General Cos, who refused to accept it, believing that the only way to bring Texas under control was through military intervention (typical mentality for a career military man, no training is diplomacy). After a couple of arrests, and the election of a "centrist," which I take to mean open to enforcing the end of slavery in Mexico. So eventually the Army of Texas revolted so the Texans started the war, and won their independence. But they didn't keep it, obviously, they joined the US as a state in the end. Normally, I'd be all for a war to fight for the independence of you nation, just as we did. But not so you can keep slaves. So the war was ultimately started by Texas, but that Mexican general was a fool also. He could have accepted the offer, see if Texas complied, then if not, military action may be in order. So not the most honorable start of a new US state, but it is what it is, Texas will not be given independence, although many want it. It much like what Lincoln did (despite my criticism of General Gos), fight to keep his country together. The best we can do now is to properly treat the non-white residents of Texas because the state is here to stay.
Where do we get such men? | Reviewer: David | 9/30/11
I knew this song before I toured the Alamo.
Having toured the Alamo, I cannot now sing the song without a catch in my throat and goosebumps because I think of the origins of those brave men and the principles for which they died. As the admiral says at the end of The Bridges at Toko-Ri, "Where do we get such men?" As long as we do, America will be great.
The Alamo and the "light Brigade" | Reviewer: Ken | 1/25/08
As a 2nd year college english student and 42yrs old, I have been asked to study and teach a class on Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade". The comparison/contrast between these two works is remarkabley similar in meaning, as well as redundant in history. Johnny's rendition (and editorial liberties) with "The Alamo" was in my youth a stirring reminder of th"valiantry' of our armed forces, as was "Brigade" in its glory in England. Sadly, Tennyson is still studied as a poet laureate, while Johnny Cash is recognized only as a singer.
"Brigade is clumsy to read at best, even Tennyson himself could not seem to maintain a logical flow when reading it aloud, but one only need log on to "Youtube" and search "The charge of the light brigade", select the 2nd choice, and one will hear a stirring ballad in perfect balance.
I have reviewed the lyrics of "The Alamo": as performed by Johnny Cash, and find a poem of equal if not superior form than "The charge of the light brigade".
Perhaps the poets and the balladeers should investigate each others medium from time to time. The similarities in meaning are evident in both the mentioned works, every country honors those who would fall in duty, even more is their honor if they were led to or assured such doom by those that would command them
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