Today, a song by U2’s guitarist The Edge -- which is not your typical U2 song, but more a modern folk song and a lament -- and a story song, which I particularly like. This story concerns a man named John Boyle O'Reilly, the leader of a 1848 Irish uprising after the Great Famine. He was banished to Australia for rebelling against the government.
Van Dieman's Land is the former name for the Australian state of Tasmania. British and Irish convicts were sent there for committing crimes and forced to live in the dirty jail cells there. The Edge got the idea after a trip to County Meath in Ireland where the came across a monument to John Boyle O'Reilly.
As usual (I can’t say ‘always’ after yesterday’s fiasco with the Harmony Singer pedal), this is a first take recording with no correcting of errors, no overdubbing, and absolutely no autotune on the vocals. If you like, I’d be pleased to have you subscribe and/or leave a comment wherever you watched the video!