Irish Blood, English Heart Lyrics - Morrissey

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Irish blood, English heart, This I'm made of
There is no one on earth I'm afraid of
And no regime can buy or sell me

I've been dreaming of a time when
To be English is not to be baneful
To be standing by the flag not feeling shameful, Racist or partial

Irish blood, English heart, This I'm made of
There is no one on earth I'm afraid of
And I will die with both of my hands untied

I've been dreaming of a time when
The English are sick to death of Labour, And Tories
And spit upon the name Oliver Cromwell
And denounce this royal line that still salute him,
And will salute him forever.

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Morrissey knows his history: he's being IRONIC | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/27/11

Do you honestly believe any educated person who attended primary school in Britain doesn't understand that Cromwell overturned the monarchy?
What Morrissey is doing here is making an ironic statement: that the fervour with which Cromwell is worshipped is akin to way in which monarchs and royal lines were glorified. he is suggesting that we have sancitifed democracy, and this is ironic because democracy is concerned with people and not godheads. When you make Cromwell into a godhead for 'parliament' then you turn him into exactly that which he despised. It's supposed to be funny!

The song is just amazing, | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/18/11

Morissey is actually an Irish name and the country as many others in the world have suffered a lot from the English, who wanted to govern the world no matter what the sacrifice would be. Cromwell was just a devil coming to Ireland marking his way with masacres of thousands of civilians.Then they started protestant settlings in Ireland which then resulted in other wars (Ulster). He was anty-royalist but what Morissey means, is symbols. He is one of the symbols exactly as royality saluted by people wanting selfish british supremacy and power with loadz of victims. So I spit on cromwell and on union jack like him!

Morrissey doesn't know his history | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/11

"And spit upon the name Oliver Cromwell
And denounce this royal line that still salute him
And will salute him for ever"

Oh dear. Oliver Cromwell is the man who led a rebellion against the arbitrary power of the king in the English Civil war. I would very much doubt that any royal family would dream of saluting Mr Cromwell given that he was the person who took on the Enlgish king (Charles I), won, and then had his head chopped off! For the next ten years or so, England was not a monarchy. It was - for the only time in its history - a republic, with Cromwell ruling, initially with Parliament's backing, rather than some king or queen claiming to have a God-given right to rule. Although the monarchy was restored soon after Cromwell's death in 1659, England was changed forever in that no monarch could in future hope to rule without the backing of Parliament, a hugely significant event if you are against authoritian government. To see Cromwell as being pro-Royal would be a bit like seeing Morrissey as pro-McDonald's! I was really surprised by this error as I've always thought Morrissey would be the type to double check everything before putting it in a song. And when he says he's sick to death of Labour and Tory, do we presume he's pro Lib Dem? Or Green? Mm, it's easy to slag things off without suggesting anything yourself. It's a cracking tune all the same.

Morrissey The king of all kings | Reviewer: Nina | 7/13/11

This song is, neither racist, nor offensive, to any normal person anywhere in the world !!! first of firs i em Yugoslavian, Meaning half Montenegro half Serbian, if we talk about blood, it s Montenegro, and a Heart is definitely Serbian !!! You must know history to know Morrissey, and then to know what em i talking about here, Of course not history from (BBC ore CNN)I sadly admit that this history Is still usable in my case !!! MORRISSEY power lies in the fact, that all of the people on planet, regardless of their musical or cultural differences, can identified with his songs !!! I do not know, why i always think of the former Yugoslavia when I hear this song !?? ...This is the last song he sang at the Exit festival, in the year, in which Montenegro (The last Yugoslav republic) separates from Serbia !!! Wise man, What else can I say, that you have not heard and knew about it !??

going deeper... | Reviewer: Gloria | 5/22/11

Can we transcend the words..Irish Blood...the spirit...English Blood...society. Our spirit cannot be free to be and create and do out of our altruistic human/spirit nature, instead we are confined by those few in power who dictate the way things "should" be. "Should" is a bad word, all we have is what IS and what we can do with that now. We dream of a world where those who can break free of the binding powers of what we are told and molded to believe "should" be and we can simply BE.

Repy to " English pride ". | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/11

When he sings of wishing he could be proud to be English, he is implying that he IS NOT,that Englands racist, murderous, imperialist past, makes it impossible for him to be proud. He denounces the war criminal Cromwell for his attempted genocide in Ireland. He hopes that England's future will be something he can be proud of.

for you all... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/4/09

it's not a denounce..., but it's a dream. i've got galician blood, and basque heart. i know what he's talking about, 'cause i'm also divided into two parts. riding among them it's everytime hard, and has always to take one through a stretch patch of dreams... he knows about irish history, as i know about galician history. it's not hate, but you can put love for truth inside...

Cromwell - hero or villain? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/28/09

The title is unpromising as it sounds anti-Irish - which it clearly isn't. Like the title, the overall effect of the lyric is confused. To make matters worse, Cromwell was a democratic hero in England but is understandably viewed as a murderous villain in Ireland.That can never change either way but at the end of the day it is dead history in 2009 and we can surely put it behind us. Good English hearts are already doing a lot to replace the old crude racist animosity to the Irish over here - I think this is what Morrissey is on about and he's right.

To Sam and the previous lady on the opposing side I would say you are both Irish at the end of the day and must surely have something in common.There have been crimes on all sides in the conflict. Let's put this old hateful division firmly behind us now we have the Peace Process and work together for a peaceful and really fair solution.

This is a great song. | Reviewer: Alyssa | 8/19/09

I honestly think that people should appreciate the knowledge of this song. And not to fight about what you think. To love one another for who they are. It doesn't matter about race, we are all people. We should all treat eachother with respect. I think people are very childish. Morrissey has a very good perspective on things. Appreciate please. Some people are utterly and outrageously mean on these comments, when we should all get along.

other morrisey songs | Reviewer: lzoril | 11/16/08

hi pedro, im spanish too and as most of spanish ppl my english is horrible,so sorry to everyone for that before start my post.

If you listen to other Morrisey songs you will find the answer to your question about the political tendence of this great artist. Songs as "I will see you in far-off places" or the first phrase of "You have killed me" that says: "Pasolini is me", comparing himself with Pier Paolo Pasolini, that was an artist afiliated to Italian Communist Party (PCI).Most of pasolini`s films and poetry talk about homosexuality (because he was gay).

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