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Éire 2016 AD – Background, MP3, lyrics

Update: The entirety of The Emergency Session has been uploaded to YouTube, by Arthur Riordan! https://www.youtube.com/user/eggandscorpion/videos

Remote Control Maude Gonne, courtesy of Liam Cooke

Remote Control Maude Gonne, courtesy of Liam Cooke

After the great response to Hobart's posting of the Éire 2016 AD video, I decided to do some more research into the background to this irreverent send-up of The Long Fellow and our society.

The rapper is well-known playwright, Arthur Riordan, co-founder of the world renowned Rough Magic theatre company. Riordan also wrote Rough Magic's musical comedy, Improbable Frequency, set during the Emergency in Ireland and full of intrigue and wordplay, and probably my favourite piece of theatre. More on that some other time.

I also stumbled across an article from the Guardian where John O'Mahony, writing in the heady Celtic Tiger fumes of 2000, reminisces about seeing the MC Dev show, "The Emergency Session", back in 1992.

He remarks on the prescience of Riordan's lyrics, and indeed his own article also foreshadows the downturn. He riffs on the meaningless nature of Celtic Tiger life, and threads lyrics from MC Dev throughout. A thoroughly recommended article.

I ripped the song to MP3 from the YouTube video. The quality isn't great, but acceptable.
You can download it here: Eire 2016 AD.mp3

Lyrics

Hop aboard my hover-car, let's go where the cyber-cailíns are
Or let's find a place we can interface with mutants,
How about Castlebar?

Who's that zoomin' through the streets
Look out, look out, it's Robo-Priest, he's pumpin' up the piety
In Éire, two zero one six A D.

Éire, two zero one six A D, we all know how it's going to be, don't we
You can order a pint from your TV screen
You can teleport from here to Ballyporeen
We've got the technology, know what I mean?
But you won't find a condom vending-machine
That's how it is, and always will be
In Éire, two zero one six A D.

Well, the national debt was running high
Till we sold Connemara to ICI
Then it melted, oh shit
Well at least the Brits won't get hold of it.

This country's really moving, our economy's... improving
You wanna know about the unemployed?
We're putting them on an asteroid.

Éire, two zero one six A D, we all know how it's going to be, don't we
One big theme-park, a quaint holiday
Unless you're female or jobless or gay
But we don't let reality get in the way
Here in theme-park Ireland, sláinte, have a nice day
So it is and always will be, in Éire, two zero one six A D.

We've got a Guaranteed Irish orgasmatron
Hologram hoolies with every mod-con
There's a remote-control Maud Gonne
A terrible beauty is turned on.

We've got democracy, the Irish way
With a referendum, every day
News updates on the latest amendment
You can have an abortion just as long as you're not pregnant.

Éire, two zero one six A D, we all know how it's going to be, don't we
You can order a pint from your TV screen
You can teleport from here to Ballyporeen
We've got the technology, know what I mean?
But you won't find a condom vending-machine
That's how it is, and always will be
In Éire, two zero one six A D.

Éire, two zero one six A D, we all know how it's going to be, don't we
A Disney-scape of fake round towers
And Robo-Priest has special powers
The rare aul' times are here to stay
In theme-park Ireland, sláinte, have a nice day
So it is and always will be, in Éire, two zero one six A D.

In Éire, two zero one six A D.
In Éire, two zero one six A D.

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