Once upon a time St. Patrick’s Day was a day for the Irish worldwide to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, but over the past few decades it has slowly but surely morphed into a advertising campaign for Guinness. Fortunately Macklemore is here to rightfully reclaim the day with his anthemic Irish Celebration, a cut that both lyrically and sonically pays tribute to the Emerald Isle. Production duties are handled by his partner Ryan Lewis, who masterfully manages to approximate bagpipes without using actual bagpipes, creating a foot stomping beat that Macklemore expands into a sing-along-able homage to his ancestor’s fierce pride: “I’m an Irishman, leathered weathered Irish skin, beard orange as the sunset and the flag.

I’m an Irishman
Leather weathered Irish skin
Beard orange as the sunset  over the flag
In the night sky we fly it in
Pride for the life we fight  to live
History, I write with it
Spit it with the dialect
And this  is a celebration of course
The green, white, orange
And when they pulled  up on that shore
First generation born
Toast to those that made it on a  boat to New York
And when the English came the colonizer came
They  filled up bottles of gasoline, turned ’em into balls of flame
And hurled ’em  to protect what’s ours
Don’t touch these lucky charms
Whole bunch of  Irish screaming “Fuck the London Guard”
I’m kidding not dissin’ London, this  bloody war
But go against the Irish and get a bloody jaw
Preaching  nonviolence but reminds of the scars
And the bias, put a pint up everybody  sing a song

We put our glass to the sky and lift up
And live tonight  ’cause you can’t take it with ya
So raise a pint for the people that aren’t  with us
And live tonight ’cause you can’t take it with ya

From New England to New Brunswick
Galway to Dublin
A rebellious nation of freckled face hustlers
Heart,  blue collared workers and family
My heritage, proud to be a Haggerty
Now  with whiskey in our veins
Claiming were the bravest men
I drank Old  Crow, but pretended it was Jameson
Dad sipped Guiness, I sipped Old  English
‘Til he sat me down at 16 and said “boy, this is what a beer is”
I put down the drink, couldn’t drink like a gentleman
That doesn’t mean I  can’t make a drinking song for the rest of ’em
Challenge us in football,  yeah we might lose
But don’t put us next to a bar stool
We take the  history, script it in song
Light the torch then you pass it on
That’s  right I said, lineage through the rhythm we script it from the palm
and we  give til’ Ireland is on
Bottoms Up

We put our glass to the sky and  lift up
And live tonight ’cause you can’t take it with ya
So raise a  pint for the people that aren’t with us
And live tonight ’cause you can’t  take it with ya

‘Irish Celebration’ is from ‘The Vs’ EP but you can get a free download of the song here from MACKLEMORE’s web-site.

or here http://www.sendspace.com/file/cgrrab

great interview with yer man here from Rap Ireland where goes in depth about his Irish heritage, his struggles with addiction and the work he puts in outside the studio to stay creative.


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