And in our continuing, ancestral series of musics that have caught my fancy — a series whose glowing ancestralness may be somewhat embellished — here is Dick Gaughan with “No Gods (And Precious Few Heroes)”. Lyrics here.
The song’s written by a Brian McNeill, and it is (says Gaughan) a “searing indictment on the tendency for Scots to use romantic myths about an illusory heroic past as a deflection from dealing with unpleasant political realities”.
To which I just want to add, if only only in Scotland, but no. And even if only in Scotland and Finland but no, not even that, bugrit.
(Came across that when trying to decide which Gaughan CD to buy. Any with Stand Up For Judas on it would do!)