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The History of Derby County in just under 5 minutes

So, another track completed, a re-working of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t Start the fire” – transformed into “We’ll always be the Derby”. It was a challenge to tell the story of DCFC , almost chronologically, and fit it into the feel of the song, but I just about managed it, with a little help from fellow 606ers Addisons a Monster and MapRead. The lyrics have morphed a little from the original idea sketched out earlier in my blog, but not much. Click on the Player to hear the teaser clip. The accompanying lyrics are below:

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 leave

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, passed the reins to Brian Clough
What a fella!  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 coming here
Bitter taste –  what disgrace, trouble with the “Juves”


Dave Mackay’s what it took, Suffered “Real” bad luck
“Longson out!” – we all shout, Cloughies legend there’s no doubt
Call the Doc – 2 years on-  ’80 and going down
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, 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 – blame 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, GSE a fortune

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 pass it on the floor, you wont beat us anymore!


©  Kev Moore 2009

March 10, 2009 - Posted by | Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Nice one, it’s pretty good! The chorus would sound good at PP for sure.

    Comment by Andy | March 10, 2009

  2. Cheers Andy – certainly the chorus – but not the verses – unless everyone had a lyric sheet!

    Comment by kevmoore | March 10, 2009

  3. Yes, great one MojacaRam!

    Ce soir, 20h45 heure française et espagnole, Southampton-Derby!
    Rendez vous ici, sur Moore Music, pour tous les froggies fans des Rams!
    We’ll always be the Derby, we too!!! 🙂

    Comment by Miki | March 10, 2009

  4. Sounding great Kev. Good tune selected1

    “Roy Mac, Archie G, Hector Hinton Hennessy” is a great line and you did well to pronounce three ‘H’s on the trot!

    To be pedantic, I’m pretty sure ‘Boulton’ was pronounced “Bolton”, but I think it sounds near enough!

    I keep having ideas for the second album! so I’ll keep a note of them. Keep on singin’!

    Comment by MapRead | March 10, 2009

  5. Thanks for rousing the French, Miki!

    Map: Yes, I pronounced it “Boulton” fearing confusion with the “Reebok-dwellers”!

    The second album, eh? mmm…I can see it now – the limited edition 150th year anniversary boxed set – a 10 album collection in a presentation case that folds out into a replica of Pride Park!

    Comment by kevmoore | March 10, 2009

  6. Very evocative – did I miss something or is this just part of something MUCH BIGGER…?
    Excellent – again!

    Comment by Viewfroma10YearOld | March 10, 2009

  7. Thsnks VFA10YA! Yes, it’s actually 2 verses longer than the full Billy Joel version in its entirety, but the 606 moderators have removed my article containing all the words from the board this afternoon, citing “advertising for profit or gain” If it finally gets into profit, once released, I’ll be bloody amazed! So, depending on how I’m “dealt with” I may only have this outlet to tell all about the project, or perhaps I’ll have to adopt a secret identity or something!

    Comment by kevmoore | March 10, 2009

  8. kev, thats the dogs bollox mate.

    Comment by kernowram | March 10, 2009

  9. Cheers Kernow – might struggle to get any more links past the moderators now, they’ve swiped my article – buggers!

    Comment by kevmoore | March 10, 2009

  10. Présent, Miki ! à 9′, tout va bien ! 🙂

    Comment by Joël | March 10, 2009

  11. ooops…. 😦

    Comment by Joël | March 10, 2009

  12. oh la deprime!!!
    Joel, fais quelque chose!!!!

    Comment by Miki | March 10, 2009

  13. Oui oui oui! Hurrah les Rams!

    Comment by Miki | March 10, 2009

  14. Hourra ! J’avais invoqué les Grands Esprits ! Superbe !

    Comment by Joël | March 10, 2009

  15. l’entraineur fait d’excellents choix : 6′ après être entré, Davies marques un but !

    Comment by Joël | March 10, 2009

  16. Tu es tres fort, Joel! Allez, invoque encore un pe!

    Comment by Miki | March 10, 2009

  17. 1-1, Kevin dit qu’il est content… moi aussi, alors..
    Mais quand meme, la prochaine fois, invoque les Grands Esprits un tout petit peu plus!
    Merci de ta presence, et de ton support1

    Comment by Miki | March 10, 2009

  18. Oui, excellent choix ! Les Rams s’en sortent bien… 😉

    Comment by Joël | March 10, 2009

  19. Oh la la, 1-0 pour Sheffield, l’horreur!
    Je crois que Joel doit changer vite vite la technique d’invocation des Grands Esprits!

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

  20. cela fait 10 minutes que c’est fait, je fais même des sacrifices mais pour l’instant… 😦

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  21. Mes appels restent vains ! désolé…. 2-0 ! Damned !

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  22. Damned, oui! Tu es sur que tu n’invoques pas les Esprits Chinois?
    J’ai presque plus la force de commenter…

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

  23. Be confident, Miki and sing !

    Who needs Robinho,
    We’ve got Tealinho,
    Who needs Robinho,
    We’ve got Tealinho…


    He’s good,
    He’s small,
    He’s always on the ball,
    Kris Commons,
    Kris Commons…

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  24. even Kris is not there…. 😦

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  25. Au moins tu arrives a me faire rire… mais le moral est bas… mon Dieu que j’avais la vie belle avant de m’intéresser au foot de DCFC… Kevin est parti acheter des gâteaux au chocolat a la mi-temps… Il appelle ça:
    “comfort eating”…

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

  26. Youpie!!!!! 2-1

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

  27. Rires ! Il est vraiment gourmand, ton Kevin ! Il n’y a pas que les yaourts, je vois…

    Le chocolat est bon pour le moral, autant que le rire 😉

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  28. In addition to chocolate :
    “We are Derby,
    We are Derby,
    Super Derby,
    Super Rams,
    We are Derby,
    Super Derby,
    We are Derby,
    Super Rams…”

    Hulse was here !

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  29. Pfffff…. 😦

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  30. You are no uptodat, Joel!
    But well, at the end the goal difference is still the same!
    3 – 2

    Miam miam le chocolat et la chanson

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

  31. He did it ! 😛

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  32. Miki, n’oublie pas le décalage horaire : à Lyon, les nouvelles mettent du temps à arriver !

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  33. Bannon is a good recrue. Clough a great manager. Even the match is lost… Despite of this, have a nice sunday !

    Comment by Joël | March 14, 2009

  34. Oui, mais Turre est encore plus loin!

    Bon, on a perdu… GRRRHHHHH!

    Thansl againfo the great support, LyonRam!

    Comment by Miki | March 14, 2009

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