I also recall a recording of this song by Irish Tradition, but whether it's
on The Corner House, or The Times We;ve Had, I don't know.
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From: "Christopher Brennan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: The Wheels of the World
> The song was also recorded by Len Graham, on his album DO ME JUSTICE
> (Claddagh, c1983). Graham describes it simply as an "early nineteen
> century Belfast broadside ballad," and says that it is in the collection
> of the National Library of Ireland.
> Given the references you've identified to prominent British and Irish
> figures, I think it safe to say this song could not have been written
> much before 1850.
> Chris Brennan
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> Geoff Wallis wrote:
> > Here's a poser which I suspect either Terry Moylan or Tom Munnelly is
> > placed to answer.
> > I was recently browsing through the liner notes of Donal Maguire's album
> > 'Gilded Chains and Sordid Affluence' when I noticed his claim that the
> > 'The Wheels of the World' was first published in Belfast in 1801. This
> > struck me as dubious, so I checked the only other recorded version of
> > song which I have on Frank Harte's '1798: The First Year of Liberty'
> > and found that Frank had written that the song was penned shortly after
> > Rebellion.
> > Now, the song's lyrics, as sung by both Frank and Donal, not only refer
> > the Battles of Trafalgar (1805) and Waterloo (1815), but Castlereagh's
> > suicide (1822). Moreover, both versions refer to John Mitchel who wasn't
> > born until 1815 who did not publish the 'United Irishman' until 1848 and
> > subsequently tried and transported to Tasmania.
> > So, was there an earlier version of the song without the references in
> > above paragraph or was it written several decades later than 1801?
> > All the best,
> > Geoff
> > So,