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For those of you who haven't yet heard, fellow kossack, Translator, or Doc passed away on Sunday. For the details, there's a link to the diary below, as is a link to his mind-boggingly prolific oeuvre.  i'm not going to speculate here why he chose to leave. I'm mourning the lost potential of the man, the diaries he will never write, the friends he had not yet met and the future grandchilren who will never learn at their grandfather's knee. Quite simply, He was the best of us, and i can't help but feel we failed him.
In Ireland, a Keen is a lamentation for the dead uttered in a wailing voice or wordless cry. Truthfully, they're very difficult to listen to, so i chose instead a lament. And yes, Doc was no poet, but he certainly had a poet's heart.


(Fred Geis)

Word has come from Dublin City
Word has come to our town
Word has come from Dublin City
They tell me bold Brendan is dead

Born in 'twentythree in a slum in Dublin
With a tenement over his head
Born with a spirit his flesh could not contain
They tell me bold Brendan is dead

He died at the Meath in far off Dublin
In a cold white hospital bed
In the Georgian tenements the children hushed their singing
They know that bold Brendan is dead

No stranger to life, he lived right enough
No stranger to the glass in his hand
No stranger to the cause he fought all his life
Yet they tell me bold Brendan is dead

Ireland has lost her sweet angry singer
No longer his poems of fine design
Will ring out in Gaelic or sound through the lanes
For alas! bold Brendan is dead                    

The Clancy Brothers (and others) - Lament For Brendan Behan

Emmylou Harris - All my Tears

Iris Dement - Our Town

The Who - Sunrise

The Cure - Lament

Doc's Diaries -
Zircon the Twisted's diary -

Originally posted to An Ear for Music on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:00 PM PST.

Also republished by In Memoriam.

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