Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
I have a tendency to take the world of horses and music quite seriously. But, thankfully, the Irish are here to lend some comic relief to this Saturday’s 100% Sound. In an odd bit of news out of the Irish parliament, the petitions committee has turned down a petition to make the song “My Lovely Horse,” from the television program Father Ted, Ireland’s official entry in the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
Before getting to the hows and whys of this news, let’s first get to know the truly lovely composition we are speaking about with the video below.
“My Lovely Horse” first appeared before the Irish public in a 1996 episode of Father Ted entitled “A Song For Europe.” In this episode, Father Ted and friends decide to write a song for the Eurovision Song Contest, but find their songwriting talents are in short supply as they can only come up with this strange and short song about a horse.
Nevertheless, the song goes on to be selected as the Irish entry because the nation is hoping to lose to avoid the cost of hosting the competition once again. In actual fact, Ireland did win the real Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and so had the costly obligation of hosting it in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
So why is there a petition now to make it an actual entry in the Eurovision Song Contest? Well, it’s a bit hard to say. The petition is claimed to come from an unincorporated association called “The People of Ireland (and interested Britons too)” and the chief petitioner goes by the name Finn McCool (a creature from Irish mythology often portrayed as a giant). So yeah, this sounds like a completely legitimate use of the petition system.
Nevertheless the petitions committee did consider the request, but determined that it could not force Ireland’s national broadcaster to submit the entry for 2015. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, the chairman, added that the committee “didn’t have the musical expertise” it needed to consider the issue.
Too bad! I think “My Lovely Horse” is a perfect entry to this annual contest that has been on the air since 1956, and spawned the career of the absolutely amazing (no joke intended) ABBA. After all is the video for their winning and vaguely equestrian, thanks to the inclusion of Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo, song “Waterloo” any less amusing? Decide for yourself!