The Sun Is Burning – Luke Kelly (Ian Campbell Song)

This haunting song was composed and written by Scottish folk singer, Ian Campbell, and first released in 1963 but made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, who included it on their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., one year later. It tells of the horrors of a nuclear blast and was written at a time when the movement for nuclear disarmament was growing. It became the official song of CND.

Campbell’s two sons went on to form the successful eighties reggae band, UB40, outpacing their father’s record sales very quickly. This version of one of the most effective protest songs of all is performed by the inimitable Luke Kelly, who brings to it his own gravelly and sincere approach.

Ar a time when the US government and the Israeli regime, both nuclear powers, seem increasingly intent on drawing global war down upon us all, perhaps this song is more important and poignant then ever. Rebel Voice hopes that the prophetic nature of this song will remain unfulfilled.

Enjoyed this? Why not share?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s