Undone (A Song For Anna Parnell, 1852​-​1911)

from by Kate O'Callaghan

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Written by Kate O'Callaghan

Anna Parnell was a political activist in the late 19th century who, with her sister Fanny, established the Ladies Land League. The aim was to encourage working class country women to withhold rent and resist eviction, with the hope of abolishing landlordism. She initially set out to support her brother, the political Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell, in his endeavors with the men's Land League. However, story has it that the Land League men became more than a little discontented when the ladies accomplished the aims which the men, supposedly, had considered unachievable. In the end, the men's Land League entered agreements with government, without the women's consent, leaving the women disillusioned by the outcome of the campaign and resulting in the Ladies Land League disbanding.

Anna deeply resented her brother's actions and could never bring herself to forgive him. She bitterly recounted her experience in a book, The Tale of a Great Sham, where she voiced her indignation of the inferior treatment of women and the blatant sexual inequality that was rife in society. Having disconnected herself from her family, she lived out the rest of her life in solitude, until she accidentally drowned while swimming one day. The stress of her single-minded struggle eventually took it's toll and when all was said and done she simply came "undone".

lyrics

Take me by the hand and lead me down
To the river you waded in your gown
To the man who carried you across
To the ones you faithfully lost

When all was said
You came undone (x2)

To understand the battles that you fought
To bear the heavy burden of your thoughts
Standing on the graves of those less strong
You prayed for wretched souls who had been wronged

When all was said
You came undone (x2)

For you were never one to settle down
Pay homage to the man or his crown
Never one to compromise
To want for something more your heart did lie

When all was said
You came undone (x2)

Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh

Shadowed by the notions of your kin
A life of solitude you drowned within
Lonely was the soul who gave a damn
The greatness of their deeds were but a sham

When all was said
You came undone (x4)

credits

from The Still Beyond, released October 1, 2013
Kate O'Callaghan (Vocals and Guitar)
Ted Ponsonby (Guitar)
Eddie Lee (Upright Double Bass)
Seamus Devenny (Drums)

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Kate O'Callaghan County Donegal, Ireland

Kate O'Callaghan is a singer/songwriter based in Donegal, Ireland. Combining evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics, she covers a gamut of styles and emotions from Alt. Folk to Jazzy/Blues, the sublime to the cathartic. Evocative, haunting, poignant and refreshingly uplifting, with a unique aspect that explores the less obvious paths tonally as much as the expected. ... more

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