Now kings will rule and the poor will toil.
And tear their hands as they tear the soil
But a day will come in this dawning age
When an honest man sees an honest wage
- Written by The Edge/U2, 3rd verse of Van Dieman's Land.
The song is dedicated to a Fenian poet named John Boyle O'Reilly, who was deported to Australia because of his poetry.
Van Diemen's Land was the original name used by most Europeans for the island of Tasmania, now part of Australia. In 1803, the island was colonised by the British as a penal colony with the name Van Diemen's Land, and became part of the British colony of New South Wales. In 1856 the colony was granted responsible self-government with its own representative parliament, and the name of the...
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