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…

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…

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…