Volle Maan (Full Moon)

Old Hallowe’en Song in Dutch. I wrote this song for my kids back in 2002 and recorded it just now. Hope you like it. Lyrics Om twaalf uur in de nacht bij volle maanWanneer de uilen vliegen en de klokken slaanOm twaalf uur in de…

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…

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 of 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…

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…

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…

Lamma Bada Yatathana – Trad Syrian

Trad Syrian? Yep. No joke, no typo. To be prepared for a warm welcome of the many Syrian refugees that find shelter here, I wanted to learn a little more about Syria and there’s no better way than to dive into a country’s trad music. I haven’t played…

Opeens Was Het Voorgoed

Tribute song in Dutch to my dad for his birthday. I still miss him, although he died so many years ago. Quick home recording, June 2014.   Lyrics Ik moest je al vaak missenMaar opeens was het voorgoed‘t is niet bepaald sinds gisterenIk zie je nog zo…