The Ballad Of Claudy

Some songs can’t be sung just like that and to me “The Ballad Of Claudy” by James Simmons is clearly one that kind. In the early days of our band The Doggy Dike we had regular gigs in a pub called “The Lowlander” in Bodegraven. It was at one…

England’s Heroes

The Daily Telegraph columnist Charles Moore recently compared the Easter Rising of 1916, that eventually led to the Free State in 1922 with Islamic State of today and put question marks at the centennial celebrations in Ireland of this year. Although I, like many Irish,…

The Apache Pilot

Since the very day I dropped her From my little helicopter I’m so proud of how I stopped her From tormenting me like hell Never knew she’d be a witch She made me feel a little itchy But she promised me to quit She never…

Over hoofdrollen

Little wordplay in Dutch about lead roles and the unsavory ways to get them.

Away On Saint Patrick’s Day

A sentimental modern Irish immigrant song for the Day After Saint Patrick’s Day. As a Dutchman I apologize for the last verse, not meaning to insult anyone. Frank McLynn is willing to take the blame for those words. Rough recording to let you hear the melody. Full recording…

Strong Again

This song was resting unfinished for a while. It just didn’t feel good enough, besides the fact that I really hate the subject: a disrespectful billionaire running for president playing the card of fear and intolerance. But as the subject was coming back in the news…

Paper Piles

A tune I made while I actually should have been moving piles of old paper to the side of the road, hence the title. Because it’s a bit jazzy and slow, I wanted to hear some drums, so this is the first time I’ve used…

Super Tuesday

A fun tune, made on Super Tuesday, the day after I published my Anti Trump song on Facebook. I needed something funny after that. Computer output:

Jemeniet (Yemeni, protest song in Dutch)

In the summer of 2013 a US drone attack on a house in Yemen reached our national news and a heartbreaking interview showed a poor father telling us how his daughter died in his arms and his son got badly injured. It made me write this protest song against…