The Driver Of The Bus

Uptempo song about a bus driver who doesn’t care where she drives the bus as long as she can hold the wheel. She respects ‘the will of the passengers’ and watches how a couple of them they fight. She’d steer the bus right off the…

Carrick, You Make Me Feel At Ease

Ballad by Simon Oak about the late Liam Clancy, one of my heroes, returning to his home town Carrick-On-Suir. The song was written for the songwriting competition ‘A Song for Carrick 2017’ and, because I had never been there, the song is almost entirely based on…

Alexander Nix

Protest song by Simon Oak about Cambridge Analytica’s shameless rigging of elections, like the US Presidential elections and the UK’s EU Referendum in 2016. It’s a true story. I mainly used Channel 4’s hidden camera video, where Nix and his colleague Mark Turnbull, tell a…

Wood Chopping Emperor

No less than 14 verses to tell you just a tiny bit about the bizarre family relations of European Royals, who many believe could have prevented WW1. I wrote this song in June 2015. Lyrics 1. There was a German emperor Born in (18)59 He…

Not About Politics

In August 2016 I wrote this song in response to recent victories in politics (the Brexit referendum and the US Presidential elections) based on the use of proven false figures, xenophobia, racism, misogyny and Muslim hate, things that shouldn’t be in politics. I first sang…

Please join the Stop Brexit movement

Click on the link below for a list of all British Members of Parliament, enriched with an assessment on how much they’ve done to support Brexit or to fight it. The assessments have been made by some Leave campaign group called Get Britain Out, so please don’t take…

The House Of Doorn

Song, made in 2015 by Simon Oak, about the bizarre fact that the German Emperor Wilhelm II, who many believe is the big WW1 inciter, just got away with it and was offered refuge by the Dutch queen Wilhelmina in the House of Doorn. Lyrics…

Timbuktu

Song, made in August 2017 by Simon Oak, based on an existing joke found on the internet. Thanks to Martin Donohoe for posting the joke. Source unknown. Melody and verses 1, 2, 3 and 5 by Simon Oak. Photo: Holger Reineccius Lyrics At the finals…

Hogesnelheidstreintje (Little High Speed Train)

Song in Dutch by Simon Oak about the Dutch government’s failure to deliver high speed train in time and within budget. The news and the song date back to June 2013. The song mentions Eurlings, the then Minister of Transport, a Christian Democrat, responsible for the debacle, who…

Poplar stands, enormous skies

My friend Francis Devine, from Dublin, gave me the following poem, inspired by this photo of the morning scene behind my house. Thank you so much, Francis! ,  Poplar stands, enormous skiesGhosts of engineering DutchmenEchoing in folk with names likeSnart, Homan, van der ThisAnd, occasionally, van der…