‘The Dogs Of Derry’

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Words & Music By Peter Sumadh
(Version submitted as a proposal to the ‘Derry City of Culture 2013’ )

Verse:

Male Voice

The Dogs of Derry are howling
The Dogs of Derry are mean
& my love wants to go
to her home & I don’t know
What it’s like, ‘cause I’ve never been…

Female Voice

My Londonderry boy he is calling
But no, he daren’t call out my name
Though the walls of the city
They share in my pity
& if I must, I’ll go back where I came

Female Voice

Will you stand with the dogs in the rain?
While I cross back o’er the bridge once again
Well my heart’s black & blue
But I still keep loving you
But I’m so tired & so weary of this game

Male Voice

I tip the brim of my hat to the past
And I promise these Troubles won’t last
If I’m a soldier no more
Can I knock upon yer door?
Cause I’ll run from these mad dogs of war

Female Voice

You say you’re a rebel at heart
Don’t you know how it tears me apart?
It’s a great bitter pill
Some are fighting there still
They were all left behind at the start

Male & Female Voice

In this place the passions may boil
Each day & each night here we toil
But on this bridge where we stand
It’s so elegant & grand
The sun meets the lips of the Foyle

Male Voice

Babe you can show me how it’s done
We can’t spend our whole lives on the run
No matter what you choose
You don’t have to take abuse
And soon happier days they will come

Female Voice

All the years you’ve spent out in the cold
I’ve listened to all the stories you’ve told
I can’t say they’re not true
But there’s something I got to do
And that’s to get back the soul that you sold

Children’s Choir

The journey will never be easy
It was never going to be without pain
But if you want to be free
Then just follow me
There’ll be no fear & no hate so don’t worry

Male & Female Voice

The Dogs Of Derry are running
They flee from our fair Maiden City
& my love wants to go
to the place we both call home
just for Christmas, to drink & be merry…

Note: There are many additional or alternate verses to the song & this version includes a selection, which can be amended or altered with the permission of the author.