Answer Key (p. 79)
- The text is suggesting that England made Ireland lose its history. This was because most of the food was exported to England, in addition to the fact that the English paid the Irish not to teach their children the Irish language.
- O’Connor states that Ireland today has the highest frequency of child abuse in the EEC. She also claims that Ireland suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and she more than suggests that the Irish people have lost their faith.
- Old wounds can only be healed if the Irish remember their past, grieve and then forgive the English for what they did in the past. O’Connor then ends her song by urging the Irish to stop killing each other (a reference to the Troubles) and embrace the Biblical concept of loving thy neighbour.