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We’ll always be the Derby

One of the bigger challenges for the Derby CD I’m making was the cover of this Billy Joel classic, originally entitled “We didn’t start the fire“. Like Joel attempted to give a potted history of the World since the 50’s – I’ve tried to create a potted history of Derby County since their inception in 1884. And guess what? – I needed two more verses than Billy Joel to do it! What you see below is the rough lyric. I’ve yet to sing it, (though I’ve nearly finished the instrumentation) so some bits might have to be altered to scan better. Some names will be familiar, some less so, but it’s all Derby!

Born in 1884, Right after the Boer War
’88 we helped to build the Football league

Harry Newbould Jimmy Methven Cecil Potter Stu MacMillan
Ted Magner Jack Barker Harry Storer goes

Steve Bloomer and the “B’s” Gallacher takes second place
Charlton extra time, 4-1 and doing fine
Gypsy curse, bad to worse, ’53 leave the first
Third division beckoning, syonara, goodbye

We’ll always be the Derby
Since the league was started and we won’t be parted
We’ll always be the Derby
And we’ll keep on winning with the fans all singing

Tim Ward had it tough, gave the reins to Brian Clough
What a feller!  put the mighty Rams on top
Roy Mac, Archie G, Hector, Hinton, Hennessy
Dave Mackay, Colin Todd – Solid as a rock

Boulton first seen, now we’ve got a winning team
First Division ’69 Finished fourth the first time
Spartak, Benfica, all of Europe came here
Bitter taste –  what disgrace, trouble with the “Juves”


Mac in charge back on track, Frannie Lee and fighting back
Longson out!  we all shout  – Clough is legend there’s no doubt
’80 -Going down – stay is not a happy one
Third division Suicide -what for 1985?
Two seasons Arthur Cox turns the tide and stops the rot
Second tier, better show, won it at the first go
Fifth in 1989, Shilton, Saunders doin’ fine
UEFA pandemonium ‘cos of Heysel Stadium


Maxwell blackened name, leaves the “Lady Ghislaine”
Derby, teetering, bought by Lionel Pickering
Record signing-mania following our failure
Roy Mac comes back, Fester city, soon sacked
Jim Smith, Stimac, Second place and we’re back
Premier league- I’m blown away – what else do I have to say?


Finish 12th, like a dream, Steve McClaren on the scene
Baiano, Eranio two good seasons here we go
Seemed like we were doing fine, then terror on the decline
Bald eagle on his own, one above the drop zone

Gregory, Burley, bought by Peter Gadsby
Phil Brown, nearly down , saved by Terry Westley
Billy Davies play- off show, betrayed after that though
Money mess, must confess -its the three amigos!


Premier season of doom, one win in a blue moon
Davies on his bike and now the Jewell don’t shine
Tacky tabloid exposé, cannot get the team to play
Jewell has lost the dressing room, singing to a different tune

Adam Pearson ’09 Derby make the headlines
Nigel Clough, has the stuff, management the players love
Commons, Teale, Savage too they all want to play for you
Derby football on the floor, you wont beat us anymore!


© Lyrics Kev Moore 2009

March 4, 2009 - Posted by | Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Wow! – Now that is going to take some singing genius!

    Love the Harry Storer goes line. V Clever.

    Also the “Lady Ghislaine” – Excellent!

    For the melting pot:-

    Might be good to differentiate “Mac” – currently used for MacFarland and Mackay?

    Teetering/Pickering – Try ‘only flickering’

    “Derby football on the floor” – Leaves it a bit open to the other negative meaning of “on the floor” – try on the grass/ground?

    ‘Clough is legend’ – Try ‘Clough’s a legend’

    ‘gave the reins’ – Try ‘passed the reins’

    ‘What a feller’ – Typo ‘fella’

    Chronology: Gadsby before 3 amigos?

    Would be good if you could squeeze the word ‘Real’ into the Mackay days, maybe use it as a double meaning “real bad luck”?

    ‘Jewell has lost’ – Past tense ‘Jewell had lost’?

    Can you squeeze ‘GSE’ in? Possibly ‘Adam Pearson 09’ to ‘Pearson GSE 09’?

    Typo : ‘confess -its the three amigos!’ – ‘confess – it’s the three amigos!’

    Steve Bloomer and the “B’s” – What do you mean by this bit Kev (just out of interest)

    I know it’s asking a lot, but is Docherty’s era worth a mention?

    Hope this is useful – Keep up the sterling work! Can’t wait to hear the first run through.

    Comment by MapRead | March 5, 2009

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