Nothing Quite So Quiet

This is an old children’s poem from the USA that was set to music by Simon Oak, thanks to Wim van Gent who posted the poem after a silent night of snowfall. I took the photo in December 2009. Source: Edgar, M. G.: “A Treasury of Verse for…

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…

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…

Holland Is My Little Green Land

Critical republican patriot song I made in September 2014 for the celebration of 200 years Kingdom Of The Netherlands. Lyrics: O Holland is my little green land A lovely place to be With a big black Pete and a little dumb King And people that…

Paddy Wise

In 2012 when the financial crisis in Greece was fairly new, I wrote this song. The chorus is based on a Dutch saying “when the drink is in the man, the wisdom is in the can” (Als de drank is in de man, is de…

The Blood Vote

Thanks to The Great War Explained for posting this old Australian anti-war poem, written by W.R. Winspear and drawn by Claude Marquel from Sydney, issued during the anti-conscription campaign in 1917. When I read the poem, I couldn’t help getting a melody in my head and here it is. I hope you…

Such Rain In The Summer

This morning I had to go up early for to go out cycling with my friends, but when I looked out the window and I saw the rain, I got an instant depression and went back to bed. Because of my new telephone, I couldn’t…

Brian’s Third Wife

Today, it’s Good Friday 2015. This day one thousand and one years ago, is said to be a turning point in Irish history, because Brian Boru, the first High King of all Ireland, kicked the Viking invaders out during a terrible battle on the Irish East…