No Time For Love

Album: Moving Hearts (1981)
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  • No Time For Love" was recorded by Moving Hearts for their eponymous 1981 album, and has also been recorded by a solo Christy Moore. It was written by Jack Warshaw on a visit to Belfast - which probably accounts for its American references. The song's one redeeming feature is an absolutely blistering lead guitar solo played by Declan Sinott. It renders equally well if not better with just Moore on acoustic guitar and vocal complementing the Gaelic axeman's harmonies.
    Having said that, there is no redeeming the lyrics, which are naïve, foolish and mendacious in equal measure. The reason some people have no time for love is that they spend the bulk of their time fermenting social unrest, violent revolution, or even taking up arms against a supposedly repressive state.
  • Regarding the lyrics: "They took away Sacco, Vanzetti, Connolly and Pearce in their time."
    Sacco and Vanzetti may have been anarchists, but murder committed in the pursuit of material gain is hardly a revolutionary crime, and whatever one's view of the death penalty, these two men were rightly convicted, regardless of the foolish eulogies of Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez.
    Huey P. Newton also gets a mention, another revolutionary. In October 1967, Newton shot dead police officer John Frey and was convicted of manslaughter. Though this conviction was overturned on a technicality, years later he would boast to his circle that he had gotten away with murder. Prior to this, he was sentenced to a surprisingly lenient six months for stabbing an unarmed black man at a party with a steak knife. Newton could have done with a little less black power and a little more brotherly lover. The co-founder of the Black Panthers came to a sticky end in August 1989, when at the age of just forty-seven, he was found shot to death, apparently while on a mission to buy - or scrounge - crack.
    It would be uncharitable to mention his two trials for the murder of a teenage prostitute, both of which resulted in hung juries. Newton's fellow revolutionary, Bobby Seale, suffered an even more ignominious fate, he wrote a cookbook, and became a spokesman for an ice cream company!
    Though Warshaw obviously empathises with so-called revolutionaries worldwide - as does Moore - he appears to have developed a particular soft spot for Irish Republican radicals, none more so than Bobby Sands, who along with his fellow IRA terrorists is the real hero of this song. Sands joined the IRA in 1972, was sentenced to five years imprisonment the following year, and starved himself to death in 1981 while serving another sentence for terrorist related firearm's offences, thus becoming a martyr for his perverted cause.
    While - like Moore - all these men protested against state repression, the irony they miss, intentionally or otherwise, is that part of the reason the state is so repressive is because of their own activities. Most ordinary people regard phone tapping, the secret police and the occasional show trial as a reasonable alternative to being blown to Kingdom Come by men who profess high ideals while they sink lower than the belly of a snake. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
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  • Noel from London, United KingdomThe original comments above are supposed to be from a person who 'abhores' all violence but yet excuses the violence of the state in his rush to condemn the reaction of people to that same state oppression. I grew up beside the imposed border in rural, North of Ireland during the time of this song and was a teenager during the hunger strikes which were preceeded and accompanied by some of the harshest years of the war. Bobby Sands, Christy Moore and the Volunteers of the IRA had the total support of the community at that time. Bobby Sands and his nine companions laid down their young lives in sincere pursuit of a cause that was and is legitimate. The peaceful protestors for civil rights who were clubbed off the streets by bigotted police and loyalist militias turned to violence enmasse after Bloody Sunday when 31 were shot by Paratroopers with live high velocity bullets. So please do not sit in a corner and pontificate about stuff you know little about. The war in the North of Ireland was a legitimate struggle and singers like Christy Moore articulated the genuine grievances of a disenfranchised and voiceless people. Bravo to the comments from the writer above from Portugal about Thatcher supporting a heinous war criminal such as Pinochet. There are also so many examples of British atrocities during their colonial oppression of many countries, they are well known and it's pointless me mentioning them here. I however like a quote from last year by a UK Politician in response to David Cameron celebrating the British Empire, 'Empire was simply about us going into other peoples county and killing and stealing their stuff'. Enough said
  • Karlgroucho from Lisbon, Portugal(apologies or typos)unfairly tried and convicted and the original murder case was at that stage(1977)still officially open.
    And whilst I too reject the killings and tactics of Bobby Sands and the I.R.A,I can still acknowledge that Northern Ireland was not a' supposedly ' repressive state,it was in actuality a very repressive state if one was either Catholic or an Irish nationalist-this is beyond dispute as even a casual glance its history shows.
    And speaking of 'irony',which the writer also does,he conveniently omits the IRONY that then British prime-minister,Mrs.Thatcher permitted the political hunger strikers die rather then let them,for example,wear their own clothing,etc whilst just a few years later she made it her raison d'etre to rehabilitate Chilean dictator,Pinochet,who was a known and proven fascist,torturer and dictator......irony indeed !!!!
  • Karlgroucho from Lisbon, PortugalThere's so much misinformation in these comments,that I hardly know where to begin ....
    And as a sort of 'disclaimer',let me say that I personally oppose ALL acts of violence-
    The writer states how regardless of ones view of the death penalty that Sacco and Vanzetti were at least guilty of murder-this 'fact' of his is now disputed by many,so much so that in 1977(some 50 years after their trial),Massachusetts governor,Michael Dukakis,issued a proclamation to the effect that both men had been ihhhhhdhdh
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