Bob Cooney’s Miracle

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I nostri non si fanno mancare una verve ironica nella storia narrata in “Bob Cooney’s Miracle”, un anti-fascista scozzese che partecipò alla Guerra civile di Spagna nel 1936, capace di sfamare cinquantasette persone con un tozzo di pane e una lattina di carne in scatola. Gli Aldeburgh Young Musicians si uniscono ai tre cantori.

No relation to Sean, Bob Cooney hailed from Aberdeen and was a noted anti-Fascist leader when he joined the British Battalion of the International Brigade in the fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. In a modern “feeding of the 5000” miracle he managed to feed 57 hungry men with a small loaf of bread and a tin of corned beef.

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Bob Cooney’s Miracle was written in Sheffield in November 2015 and recorded on our Strangers album in 2017. My namesake Bob Cooney (1908-1984) came from Aberdeen and was one of the leading figures in the British Communist Party in the 1930s – so much so that many attempts were made to prevent him going to Spain where he might well have been killed.   He went on to serve in WW2 and spent the rest of his working life in Birmingham where he is fondly remembered as a singer, songwriter and raconteur on the Birmingham folk scene. The story of his ‘miracle’ is taken from his memoirs Proud Journey. The tune is borrowed from the Bonny Bay of Biscay – O. ‘Clemmed’ is a wonderful slang word for hungry.
Well you’ve all heard how ten thousand blokes
Were fed by Christ with the fish and loaves
Well, on the banks of the Ebro in ‘38
A miracle happened on my plate!

We’d damn no scram for two whole days
57 lads, all hot and hazed
When come the commissar with the grub, what grief!
A loaf of bread and a tin of beef

Well all us lads were filled with strife
‘Till up comes Cooney with his tiny knife
And before the lamb could wolf the sun
Every man had a corned-beef bun!

Now, Jesus may have got more done
But He had five loaves, not just one
And Jesus’ men weren’t clemmed like we;
They’d not fought fascists in a hot country

So we break and share with all us men
We can share the earth and start again
Sharpen your knives, Bob Cooney said
Bring out your beef and bring out your bread

We can share the earth!
We can start again!
Amen, amen, amen, amen

inviata da Dq82 - 13/4/2018 - 16:08

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