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Don’t go!

Saturday, 15 June, 2013

Tomorrow is Bloomsday and we’re getting into the mood with this classic track from Hothouse Flowers, a band that evolved in the mid-1980s when Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin started busking on the streets of Dublin, the city where Leopold Bloom endured so many trials and tribulations on 16 June 1904, all of which James Joyce chronicled in Ulysses using very long sentences.

“There’s a blue sirocco blowing warm into my face
The sun is shining on the other side of the bridges
The cars going by with smiles in the windows
There’s a black cat lying in the shadow of the gate-post
And the black cat keeps telling me that love is on it’s way

Don’t go
Don’t leave me now
Stick around and laugh a while.”

Liam Ó Maonlaí: “The song could be for anyone. Parents, exiles, sons and daughters. For me, it’s a very personal thing, the death of my friend, Eamon. The day he died. A beautiful spring day, otherwise. A slow death. One year long. So much pain for the people around him. It’s not a difficult song for me to sing though. It’s a rejoicing song, in spite of everything. ‘Don’t Go’ is here and now.” (Speaking to Melody Maker in 1988).


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