We Didn’t Start The Fire

Some people asking for the lyrics of my version of ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ which I reworked for Derry City of Culture 2013. They follow underneath the video:

 

Ireland, North West, River Foyle, looked the best,

Colmcille settled down, made himself a brand new town,

Siege of 1689, we change the name from time to time,

Partition, Civil war,  it’s a part of who we are.

Emigration from the key, lots of gerrymandering,

Women worked in factories, men went down to the bookies,

Local girls went on the chase, at the US naval base,

Amelia flying to Paree, but she landed in Derry.

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

Bronagh, Roma in demand, Dana won for Ireland,

Peter Cunnah, Nadine Coyle, Dopey Dick is in the Foyle,

Famous Seamus, Nobel Prize, Clinton came in 95,

Carnival at Halloween, up the town just to be seen.

Feis Dhoire Cholmcille, Creggan heights, Top of the Hill,

Walk-the-bike, Pops McGee, a university at Magee,

Matches in the Brandywell, and The Town I Loved So Well,

Spider Kelly wins the fight, Teenage Kicks right through the night.

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

Drinking on a Friday day, up the town on Saturday,

Foyleside and the Richmond Centre, aw what hi the craic was belter,

Rialto, St. Columb’s Hall, dances in the old Guildhall,

Underage? Don’t you fear – we had a pub that had no beer.

Metro, Squires, Embassy, Sandinos get us in for free,

Envy or to the Strand Bar, get a taxi that’s too far,

Girls are dressed up to the nines, queued on Shipquay Street in lines,

Sugar banging out the tunes, meet you first upstairs in Spoons.

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

Civil rights started the fight, army came in overnight,

Bernadette on the back of a van, Paddy Bogside, Eamonn McCann,

Rossville flats went up and down, Free Derry, a burning town,

Bloody Sunday, hunger strikes, bomb blasts nearly every night.

Prisoners of war in the nick, free the Birmingham Six,

RUC, IRA, what else do I have to say?

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

There’s a bit of wind and rain, close the bridge and stop the planes,

Nerve Centre and the Forum, never is there a dull moment,

Ceasefire, Foyle Pride, artists painting the Bogside,

Jazz Fest, Quay West, summer’s when we look the best.

Good Friday gave us hope, John Hume knighted by the Pope,

Cameron’s apology, Damian got the part on Glee,

Cityside to Waterside, Peace Bridge joining the divide,

Martin’s meeting with the Queen – this is 2013!

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, and when we are gone, it’ll still go on and on…

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning,

We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.

Christmas in Derry!

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas, and a great New Year’s still to come! I was lucky enough on 21st Dec to go back to my old school Lumen Christi College, with my fellow alumni Damian McGinty (star of Glee), to perform for the student there. It was a great day, with many happy faces, as you can see below!

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That afternoon I made a brief appearance on BBC Radio Ulster to perform ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ before taking to the stage with Damian again that evening at the Nerve Centre in Derry, as part of the Walled City Sessions. Support acts included Darrell Coyle and Gem O’Reilly. It was a great night, broadcast online by Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, and we had over 5,000 people watching online.

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All of the songs I performed on the night are available to watch online – the links to the videos are below the set list. Enjoy! I look forward to bringing you my debut EP in 2013.

Ben Kelly – Nerve Centre (21/12/12)

Born To Win

Criminally Gorgeous

Love Affair Junkie

Rocket Man

We Didn’t Start The Fire

Home

Lionheart

Fairytale of New York

Call Me Maybe (with Damian McGinty)

Christmas Medley (with Damian McGinty)

‘Home’ Premiere

Today I revealed the official audio track for my City of Culture 2013 song ‘Home’, co-produced by fellow Derry man Peter Cunnah.

Listen to the premiere play of ‘Home’ on The Mark Patterson Show on BBC Radio Foyle, plus my interview afterwards, here.

Listen to the full song on the Derry Journal website, here.

A promotional video will be coming next month, and ‘Home’ will be available to buy as an online download from midnight on 1 January 2013, to celebrate the year of Culture.

xxx