Published on 12/04/2013 00:23
An SDLP MLA has been challenged to explain his apparent support for a song which speaks of dancing on the grave of Margaret Thatcher. ‘Tramp the dirt down’ by Elvis Costello made national headlines after it was promoted controversially by George Galloway MP after Baroness Thatcher died this week. Tonight SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt appeared to indicate his appreciation of the song on Twitter. He said: “Got on bike today. Got soaked. Changed. Got in car. Billy Bragg. Meeting. Got back in car. Elvis Costello. Thatcher’s legacy? Great music!”
Some of the lyrics of the song are as follows;
“Well I hope I don’t die too soon
“I pray the lord my soul to save
“Oh I’ll be a good boy, I’m trying so hard to behave
“Because there’s one thing I know, I’d like to live
“Long enough to savour
“That’s when they finally put you in the ground
“Ill stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down
“When England was the wh**e of the world
“Margaret was her madam…”
It closes with the lines “Cos when they finally put you in the ground, They’ll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down.”
Political commentator David Vance tonight called for Mr McDeviit to comment further on his Tweet.
“He is referring to the Tramp The Dirt Down song, dancing on Margaret Thatcher’s grave,” Mr Vance told the News Letter “So, is this the SDLP line? Should he not explain himself? I am a huge Costello fan but Conall is referring to one foul song and he should be ashamed of himself.”
The News Letter attempted to contact Mr McDevitt tonight for comment but without success.