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…

Duimpje Omhoog (Thumbs Up)

Song in Dutch by Simon Oak about the strange unnecessary hesitation many people have to give a thumbs-up to people that show their creative work on Facebook. Lyrics Chorus: Wat leuk, wat leuk, een duimpje omhoog! Met een balk in m’n oog, een balk in…

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,…

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…