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  • Father Damien

    Posted by David Foster on August 2nd, 2020 (All posts by )

    I don’t think many people at this site are in need of an explanation as to what was wrong with Alexandria Occasio-Cortez’s objection to the statue of Father Damien.  So I’ll just link a couple of songs about Damien, from Tom Russell’s album The Rose of Roscrae.

    The Hands of Damien

    A Crust of Bread, a Slice of Fish, a Cup of Water

    The protagonist of the album, which is set in the American West, is an Irish immigrant and outlaw named Johnny:  when he hears Damien’s story, it inspires him to seek his own redemption.


    5 Responses to “Father Damien”

    1. Brian Says:

      I guarantee you Saint Sandy the Idiot thought it was a statue of some missionary sent to convert the Hawaiians.

    2. Christopher B Says:

      Yeah, believing the opposite of what she says will usually put you closer to the truth.

    3. David Foster Says:

      Here is the essay by Robert Louis Stevenson that was mentioned in one of the songs:

      …an 1889-style fisking!

    4. Ginny Says:

      Thank you for the links to Russell – our daughter is quite fond of him and I now see why.

    5. David Foster Says:

      Ginny…Tom Russell is a great singer-songwriter, who is not nearly as well-known as he deserves to be.

      I reviewed his album ‘The Man From God Knows Where’, a song-cycle about the American immigrant experience based in part on the experiences of his own Norwegian and Irish ancestors. The perspective of Sitting Bull is also included.