Doctor Hook and his Medicine Show sang about the thrill of making it to the cover of Rolling Stone but Drogheda rocker and solicitor Paddy Goodwin is equally thrilled to have made it to the cover of the Irish equivalent, Hot Press.
In the latest edition of the top music and politics magazine, Editor Niall Stokes, a longstanding champion of free speech and Irish music, has given Paddy Goodwin and the Holy Ghosts’s new single ‘Break For The Border’ and the video made by Enda Whyte, a glowing review.
Paddy and his band The Holy Ghosts, who play regularly in local venues such as McHughs and Odd Mollies, released ‘Break for the Border’ back in February in response to the crazy politics of our times. The Brexit shambles, Donald’s wall, and of course our own border, all feel the lash of Goodwin’s lyrics.
Stokes, not a man normally given to hyperbole, describes the song as “…one of the most blistering statements yet made, in any form, about the madness of Brexit, and the underlying fascist-derived ideology that has driven it.”
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In the article Paddy refers to Donald Trump, Arlene Foster and Boris Johnson as “The unholy triumvirate, building walls instead of bridges.”
In the video he sings:
“I’m so sick of Brexit that my health is disimproving
I can tell the toffs are lying cus I see their lips are moving
“Trying to save the party, let the country go to hell
Break for the border, bang that division bell."
Over an image of Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds, we hear Paddy denounce the DUP leaders in no uncertain terms.
“There’s a red hand crawling,”
"From a broken window on the past
On a coffin ship that’s sailed by fools
They’ve tied me to the mast.”
Of course Goodwin has plenty to say about the situation in the USA:
“There’s a jester in the White House
With his clown car on the lawn
And it’s break for the border
On a counterfeit new dawn.”
Enjoy the video: