An Irish rebel song crept into MNF broadcasts hours after the Queen’s funeral; ESPN Claims Coincidence

Disco subversive? Disco subversive!

Coming out of a commercial break in the middle of the third quarter of Titans-Bills, Monday Night Football The producers played a clip featuring several ESPN critics predicting that Buffalo would make it to the next Super Bowl. The clip was accompanied by a funky piece of music with a retro sound.

Turns out ESPN was playing a cut-and-singing version of “The Foggy Dew”. There is a story behind the music. This is a century-old Irish folkloric tune, and it is one of the most revered and revered rebel songs to emerge from Ireland’s struggle for independence from England. And here, it’s played on a national network just hours after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

It is enough to make you believe that someone in the network wants to make a statement.

The traditional song, whose lyrics are generally attributed to a Priest from County Antrim named Charles O’Neill, was written as a eulogy for the under-armed and outmoded Irish who flocked to Dublin in April 1916 to take over, as the lyrics say, “Britannia hun with their guns away Term “. The violent rebellion, which was based in the city’s main post office, was wiped out within days by forces loyal to King George V, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather, and several prominent Irish rebel leaders were subsequently killed by British firing squads.

A sample of songs written by O’Neill, who knew many of the martyred Irish rebels: “The world stared in deep amazement at these brave men but so few / Who endured the fight that the light of freedom might shine through the misty dew.”

The Easter Uprising and its bloody consequences brought world attention to the atrocities the British had long committed on the island, and likely hastened the formation of the Irish Free Republic for which the rebels fought and died. However, in exchange for the founding of the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and King George V demanded six Irish counties to form a new country, Northern Ireland, to add to their empire. To this day, as anyone who has followed the debacle of Brexit well knows, Northern Ireland is still under the rule of the United Kingdom. Among the many lines of evil in the King’s 1921 speech in Belfast Celebrating the addition of Northern Ireland to his empire: “I appeal to all Irish to pause, to extend a hand of patience and reconciliation, to forgive and forget.”

How bout: Nah.

“The Foggy Dew” has gained popularity across sports over the years. Previous MMA supernova, for example, Conor McGregor . was used Sinead O’Connor’s version A war waltz as the ring’s entrance music at the height of his career. Even a Dublin man The unparalleled Irish singer imported To sing it in person at the 2015 UFC event in Las Vegas. Seán Heuston Society 1916, A Irish national group In Dublin, he criticized MacGregor in 2015 as a hypocrite for appearing in public wearing a poppy, a flower that has long been for the English a symbol of remembrance for dead British soldiers, while also using a righteous rebel song so important to his sons as the musical entry: “Coming to 1916 song “The Foggy Dew” And then wearing a poppy he remembers the men who fought to kill and oppress them and the ideals they fought for.

McGregor responded to his critics: “Damn you and the queen. ”

Last year at the Tokyo Olympics, Irish boxer Kelly Harrington used “The Foggy Dew” as entry music on her way to winning a gold medal in the lightweight category.

And yes, the song has a past with NFL media. Automated version of “The Foggy Dew” used by multinational force It was recorded in the 1970s by Sam Spence, a composer and arranger hired by NFL Films in 1966. Spence’s show features a selection of other tunes from the NFL Music Library used to record soundtracks featuring reels called “The NFL Decades: The Great ’70s. (This is a clip from an old NFL Films movie Documentary on Bill Walsh.) The Foggy Dew appeared in A Bud Light TV ad Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl in 2016 – which was also the Easter centenary that inspired the song.

To anyone familiar with the song and its Irish shooting ability, and considering all the media coverage that’s been given to the death of King George V’s granddaughter over the past two weeks, it would be hard to miss choosing “The Misty Duets” as a fluke. However, Floki is really how ESPN describes the Irish rebel song/The Queen’s funeral affair in multinational force broadcast.

Kevin Wilson, ESPN’s director of music, did not respond to a request for comment on the use of “Foggy Dew” on the day the Queen was low. But a source on ESPN told me that the Super Bowl prediction clip for “The Foggy Dew” was produced long before match day. The package was originally designed by network producers during the season’s opening Buffalo Bills-Los Angeles Rams game. The multinational force The production team rightly predicted that the dominant performance would lead to the Bills being part of any Super Bowl conversation when ESPN gets its second week billing. multinational force, and decided to produce a package around that in advance. The source said that the tone used to record the track had just been snatched from songs in the network’s music library that had been licensed for such use. The source said that at the time the piece was put together, no one in the network even knew when the Queen’s funeral would be.

“It was purely a coincidence,” an ESPN spokesperson said.

yes. So the idea multinational force The part that included “misty dew” came the day the bill beat the rams. That was on September 8, 2022. Let’s see… did anything else happen that day? Right. The queen died.

nations…

Disco subversive? Yes, disco is ruinous.

Disclosure: The author grew up listening and singing “The Foggy Dew” a lot and the tune still gets him excited.

h/t for Jeff