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The Co-Op Cow

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As events gathered apace surrounding my song for Derby County Football Club, I found myself needing at least one more song for inclusion on a projected CD single to accompany the digital download. In the final analysis, I decided on three tracks, including the title track. The third, which I will present in the future, is inspired by the village where we live in Spain, but the second, which I present for your perusal today, is very much a tale based in my hometown of Derby. I have spent most of the last two days writing and recording it. It’s a  tale of disastrous love, set against the backdrop of a number of well-known Derby locations, the “star” of which is The Co-Op Cow. The Cow was a “welcome home” to returning Derbyians, its red neon glow instantly visible on the Skyline. It survived many attempts to remove it, and a petition saved it from the scrapheap some years ago. To be honest I’m not even sure if it still remains, but if it does, surely it’s days are numbered.

The references to “Blesso’s” is a nickname for a popular town centre pub – The Blessington Carriage(where I gigged as a teenager) and “Sadler gate” is a trendy walking street where it used to be possible to browse a wonderful record shop called R.E.Cords, where I got my education. I also used to rehearse above a shop down the same street. Pride Park is of course, Derby’s football ground. Just click on the title to play!

The Co-Op Cow

Meet me beneath the CO-OP Cow
Round about quarter to 10
I know we’ve had problems, I know we’ve had rows
But red neon will light us again

I’d spent my last wages on half melted chocolates
And nicked some wild daffys down Markeaton park
But she still wouldn’t give me the time of the day
So I’m stumped as to handling this romantic lark

We’ve had halves down the Blessos, and I shot some pool
I took her down Sadlergate, bought a kebab
But the fairer sex seems to confuse as a rule
So she legged it when I called a cab

Meet me beneath the CO-OP Cow
Round about quarter to 10
I know we’ve had problems, I know we’ve had rows
But red neon will light us again

The last chance saloon, as I walked up the Morledge
She’d finally agreed to meet up in the town
I waited, and waited, ’til the clock said 5 after
As the Derbyshire rain soaked
The loneliest man in the town

Now I’ll stay out the Blessos, I’ll never play pool
And you’ll never find me down old Sadlergate
Well the Co-op Cow’s big girl, but you are a bigger one
I’m down Pride Park with me mates

Meet me beneath the CO-OP Cow
Round about quarter to 10
I know we’ve had problems, I know we’ve had rows
But red neon will light us again

© Kev Moore Music and lyrics 2009

The Co-op Cow and other songs are available to buy as a digital download from here:


January 17, 2009 - Posted by | Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Kevin, this song sounds good to my ears, guitar and violins are nice together ; and I succeed in the whole translation… poor boy ! Fortunately, Pride Park is in your memories, too…

    Comment by Joël | January 18, 2009

  2. Many thanks, Joel! Yes, the boy in the song is an unlucky one, and if he was going to Pride Park yesterday he would have been unluckier still, as we lost 0-2! Ah well…on to the next game!

    Comment by kevmoore | January 18, 2009

  3. What please to me with genuine fans is they always support their club, even it loose… According to Derby County Mad site, Roy Caroll saved DCFC from more important defeat… Well, this match against QPR was only a training before thursday !

    Comment by Joël | January 18, 2009

  4. I love the Coop Cow song too, Joel. I find that it is very funny and touching at the same time, a very difficult balance to achieve.
    I love the line:
    “but red neon will light us again”
    such simple but beautiful humour in it!
    And I love how it connects to the Derby Pride song at the end…

    And exactly like you, the first time I read the lyrics, I said:
    “Poor Boy!”

    Comment by Miki | January 18, 2009

  5. Let’s hope so Joel! Anyway, I feel there will be a few players leaving the club after that performance, and this is a good thing.
    Miki – you’re too kind ! (but keep doing it anyway!)

    Comment by kevmoore | January 18, 2009

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