Admiral William Brown, canción de los Wolfe Tones.

Dicen los que han ido por las islas británicas que los irlandeses, ante la mera mención de que uno es argentino, lo abruman con invitaciones a tomar el té, y después, a emborracharse juntos. Aquí, no es exactamente de ese modo: la cipayería en nuestro país es tan ecuménica que hasta tenemos irlandeses cipayos, como el Brigadier Mc Laughlin y tantos otros que olvidaron el pasado de su país a manos de Inglaterra cuando consiguieron un conchabo de capataz o supervisor en las empresas inglesas del río de la Plata.

La canción de los Wolfe Tones, un grupo de música irlandesa que lleva el nombre del primer gran revolucionario patriota de ese país (un protestante nada cipayo y además partidario de la Revolución Francesa, como San Martín). Y que es tan fiel a su legado que, sin averiguar demasiado, supo decir "With the empire tumbling down let no Paddies back the crown" (Con el Imperio tambaleándose, que ningún irlandés apoye a la corona).

Y no solo eso. Tampoco caían en la trampa de los derechos humanos baratos esgrimida por la Thatcher. Cuando los irlandeses éstos, en tres líneas, explican simplemente que "Y hasta el día de hoy, en la Argentina dicen que los ingleses salieron rajando de Buenos Aires hacia las islas que están más al sur y las tomaron para la Corona" (And to this very day in the Argentine they say; The English ran away from Buenos Aires; To the islands further down and they took them for the crown) y que cuando vinieron a saquearnos en 1806 y se pasearon el oro de Buenos Aires en carroza por Londres "Los nativos no tuvieron derechos humanos, vivos ni muertos" (Oh no human rights were given to the natives dead or living)

[Va sin traducción, tal como es la letra original]

Admiral William Brown

From a county Mayo town came a man of great renown
As a sailor and a soldier was none bolder
He went to America at an early age they say
As a cabin boy to sail the wide world over
Then adventure took him south to the De La Plata mouth
San Martín was on the route in Argentina
So three whaling ships he bought and Brazil and Spain he fought
And freedom then he sought for Argentina.

Now Admiral William Brown you're a man of courage shown
And in battles fought the odds were all against you
But your Irish heart was strong and in memory still lives on
And in Ireland there are some that don't forget you
On St. Patrick's day it's told you had many victories bold
You defeated all invaders, thugs and bullys.
Then through the Pampas Rose and you found a happy home
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas!

He had heard of Irish hands in noble gallant bands
That helped to free the land called Argentina
He had heard with great acclaim the Patricios name and fame
When in 1806 the British came for slaughter.
And to this very day in the Argentine they say
The English ran away from Buenos Aires
To the islands further down and they took them for the crown
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas.

We remember William Brown and his land of great renown
He, invader of the islands from your country
When in 1833 were by pirates forced to flee
And in Ireland sure we know the story fully
And the people that went too to the Argentine when new
To escape the English laws and wars and famine
They had proved a loyal crew just like all the Irish do
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas.

The old colonial days and cruel English ways
With her thunder plunder we will teach the natives
For the British are going to war just like Whitelocke did before
With her ships and guns and drums and flags and banners
In the Empire days of old when they murdered for gold
And paraded it around the streets of London
Oh no human rights were given to the natives dead or living
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas

In the Argentine he died Father Fahey by his side
'57 was the year his country mourned him
A hero of the nation hee's remembered with elation
Throughout the world where freedom still abounds
And the Southern Cross take note where bold Willie Bullfin wrote
The Irish still support you Argentine
With the Empire tumbling down let no Paddies back the Crown
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas.
With the Empire tumbling down let no Paddies back the Crown
Las Islas Malvinas, argentinas.

1 comentario:

  1. Un hallazgo.
    Para los q quieran saber más sobre Brown recomiendo q lean "El combate perpetuo" de Marcos Aguinis.
    Besos, Vale.

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