#MusicMonday The “Long, Long Way” from WWI
Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and the unofficial start of the 20th Century. The Great War had a profound influence on music, as it did on every aspect of life, but for today’s #MusicMonday, we’re keeping it simple and asking…
Just where is Tipperary and why is it such a long way?
“It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” was one of the most popular songs among WWI British soldiers. Yet it was actually written in 1912 for the British music halls.
The opening verse tells of an immigrant from the southern Irish town of Tipperary who has come to the northern English coal town of Manchester. There, all the miners talk about the revelry to be found in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. But our Irish lad will have none of that; he will stay true to his sweetheart, far away.
Just switch Manchester coal mines to French trenches, and “Tipperary” became a huge hit among British soldiers, filled with nostalgia for the music halls—and sweethearts—back home.
All together now!