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2001-May-07: Give Ireland Back To The Irish?

Although he still supports the notion of a united Ireland, Sir Paul states that he does not support any violent means to attain it.  Initially his Wingspan album was to have included the controversial single Give Ireland Back To The Irish, a song which was banned from the BBC playlist back when the single was released in 1972.   Then a terrorist bombing occured in London:

"I support the idea of Ireland being free and being handed back.  I feel that, like a lot of people, but I don't support their (the IRA's) methods. I certainly don't want to be in support when a bomb goes off in London and people are killed.  I would have a hard time supporting that.  So when EMI rang me up and said, 'Look, you know, we're pretty nervous and you don't have much time on the album. We should pull that one,' that was really why it got pulled."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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