Irish Internet Radio and TV from Dublin, Ireland.
My arrangement of a song based on a tune by Tchaikovsky.
"John O'Dreams although often called a traditional Irish song, was written by Bill Caddick, using a tune by Tchaikovsky. The titular central character is equivalent to the Sandman, a fictional character who sends people to sleep. The song portrays all people as being "equal in sleep":
The Prince and the ploughman, the slave and freeman All find their comfort in old John O'Dreams
Obviously, sleep is also a metaphor for death, both as an eventual equalizer of all things, and for the allusion to a "crossing over," as in a river, a prevalent theme in Western spiritual beliefs"
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