17th century pirate song rediscovered

This October 2009 music video from Dokkum town in Friesland province in the Netherlands is about the local shanty choir De Admiraliteitssjongers (the Admiralty Singers, in the Frisian language). They sing the song Bloody Mary. Which is not about the alcoholic drink of that name. Also not about the English Queen Mary I, nicknamed Bloody Mary for her bloody persecution of Protestants.

The song is about a female pirate captain, who died by drowning. It is a Dutch 1969 song.

Now, a much older song about pirates has been rediscovered.

Translated from Frisian regional broadcaster Omrop Fryslân:

Dokkum 1630 pirate song recovered in London

19 July 2017 – 16:03

A Dokkum pirate song from 1630 has been found again in the British Library via the National Library of Songs of the [Amsterdam] Meertens Institute. The historical text has been found by maritime historian Nykle Dykstra of the historic association Northeast Fryslân. The song is about arresting a Dunkirk privateer crew during the 80 year war.

War of the Dutch republic to become independent of the Spanish monarchy. The Dutch republic regarded the Dunkirk privateers, who were on the Spanish side, as pirates.

The privateers sailed across the Wadden Sea while they robbed until they were arrested by a strategem by two Dokkum captains. Five of the pirates were later hanged in Dokkum.

The song – with customized text and a new melody – is now rehearsed by shanty choir De Admiraliteitssjongers. They will sing it for the first time during the Admiralty Days on September 9th. The organization of the Admiralty Days is so enthusiastic about the discovery that it is already referred to as the Admiralty Song. Nykle Dykstra enjoys the warm welcome to the pirate song. The song deserves that too, because it tells an important historical story. The new version of the song follows as much as possible the original text. The song was made a bit faster, because in the 17th century it was still song on the melody of a psalm.

De Admiraliteitssjongers rehearsing the newly rediscovered song

Theresa May parody on Bob Marley music

This parody music video from Britain is called Theresa May – “No Majority No Cry”.

It is a parody of Bob Marley‘s song No Woman No Cry.

It says about itself:

13 July 2017

Theresa May blubs her way through tear-jerking new single “No Majority No Cry”. Sob!


Do you remember when we used to run
Through the fields of wheat
in Oxfordshire
Trampling all the farmer’s crops
As they shouted at us, “Oi, get off my land, you little bastards
That’s criminal damage, I’m gonna smash your fucking skulls in!”
Do you remember when Dimbleby announced
The exit polls, yeah, on the BBC
And there was Georgie with his shit-eating grin

No majority, no cry
No majority, no cry
Everything’s gonna be alright
No majority, no cry

Trump’s state visit to Britain postponed till 2018

This 29 January 2017 parody music video from Britain is called Donald Trump & Theresa May [who met that week in the USA] – “I Want to Hold Your Hand“.

It is a parody of the Beatles song of that name.

The lyrics are:

DT: Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something – my mother’s from Scotland
TM: Oh really? How very lovely
DT: Mind if I hold your hand?
Both: I want to hold your hand

TM: Oh please say to me you’ve got a nice deal planned
DT: Yeah sure, just give us all the NHS stuff – and let me hold your hand
Both: I want to hold your hand

Both: And when I touch you I feel slightly annoyed
But it just looks so damn good on celluloid

TM: Oh please say to me you won’t withdraw from NATO
DT: Okay, but hold my hand first – it’s like a sweet potato
Both: It’s got the colour and texture of a sweet potato

Both: And when I touch you I think I might be sick
But one must do unpleasant things in politics

DT: Oh yeah, I just signed an order for Muslims to be banned
TM: The BBC might ask you about that – but me, I’ll hold your hand
Both: I want to hold your hand

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The state visit of President Trump to Great Britain has been postponed till 2018. Prime Minister Theresa May was the first government leader to invite the US president shortly after his inauguration in January, but it was not possible to pinpoint a date.

If May and Trump imagine that in 2018 there will be any less opposition to their policies than in 2017, that the anti-Trump demonstrations will be any smaller, then they may be in for a surprise.

British Conservative-Irish terrorist coalition, parody songs

This parody music video from Britain is called Theweezer May – “Ireland and The Sun“.

It is a parody of the Weezer song Island In The Sun.

It says about itself:

1 July 2017

The escapist first single from Theresa May‘s Weezer tribute band, including shout-outs to Northern Ireland and The Sun.



Hello, I’m Theweezer May
I could use a holiday
Snap election didn’t go well
Now I’m tired and stressed as hell
(But I’ve got…)
Northern Ireland and The Sun
Propping up my government
And it makes me feel so fine
They’re like my bezzie mates

We’ll run the UK together
Confidence and supply forever
Labour‘s got no chance any more


This parody music video from Britain is called New Orange Order – “Blue Money Day”.

It is parody of the song Blue Monday by New Order.

It says about itself:

1 July 2017

How does it feel to get a billion quid to go into coalition with the Conservatives? That’s the lyrical question from the DUP on their first single as New Orange Order.

Turkish singer-songwriter Canan Sagar on her songs of freedom

This February 2017 music video from Turkey is called Canan Sağar – Taş Atma Çocuk (Official Video).

By Felicity Collier from Britain:

Song of freedom for a tortured nation

Saturday 1st July 2017

Turkish singer-songwriter Canan Sagar tells Felicity Collier that socialism and music are her twin life forces

Canan Sagar has been taking part in artistic activities all her life. Recently, she dedicated one of her songs to teachers who are on hunger strike in her country in protest at being dismissed by the government after last year’s failed coup attempt.

A teacher of music herself, Sagar spends her time writing, reading, and researching, as well as listening to and performing music. It’s a sheer labour of love, as she funds and records her songs independently.

She describes songwriting as a random act that hits when the moment is right, favouring “human-specific subjects,” as well as social and political issues.

The first political song she wrote was Tas Atma Cocuk (Don’t Throw Stones Child), which is about children being imprisoned for launching stones at police or soldiers in the largely Kurdish areas of south-east Turkey — it features on her second album.

Yuksel Caddesi is the song she dedicates to teachers whom she says are still in prison continuing their hunger strike, which has now lasted over 100 days.

“My song reached them,” she says, “and now I am in contact with many of the resisters — among them Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca who are still in prison.

“The Turkish state is turning a blind eye and ignoring their critical situation.”

She tells me how the University College Union here in Britain sent a solidarity letter to the teachers calling for immediate action to be taken.

Asked how her music is received in Turkey, she tells me: “If an artist openly declares their views it’s difficult to reach a lot of people, as society mainly listens to popular music.

“There are some political songwriters in Turkey, the main group being Grup Yorum.”

Turkey is going through extremely hard times, she tells me. “The politics are ruining this great country that has embraced different cultures and religions for centuries.

“The people have been divided and a chaotic atmosphere prevails across the whole country.

“In the referendum the government has been proven to have manipulated the results — invalid votes were counted as Yes at the last minute — and it shamelessly stays in power.

“This government has lost a long time ago, but is still fighting to stay in power by cheating and fraud,” she says.

Sagar laments the fact that she doesn’t go back to Turkey often enough — she does so only to record her songs and videos.

“I left at a very young age,” she explains, “I have lived in England all my life. But every time I visit, the passion to spend part of my life there, at some point, grows.

“There is a strong fight against the system and it is felt all across the country and honourable people are resisting no matter how hard the government hits back. They are fighting till the end.”

You can find many of Canan Sagar’s songs on YouTube, or even better if you live in or near London, she is playing at the next fundraiser gig put on by the London Readers and Supporters Group on Saturday July 8, at The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 OQT. Other performers will include the poet Tim Wells and soul singer Maddy Carty. Tickets are on sale here: mstar.link/constitution2. Or by phone (020) 8510-0815

Mexican singer Lila Downs, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

Mexican Singer Lila Downs in Conversation & Performance on Democracy Now!

29 June 2017

One of Mexico’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Lila Downs recently stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to perform four new songs and talk about her music, Donald Trump and much more. The Grammy-winning artist has just released her 10th album titled Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo. The album is dedicated to strong women everywhere.

Palm cockatoos’ percussion music, video

This Dutch 28 June 2017 video is about palm cockatoos from New Guinea and Australia.

It says about itself (translated):

The drumming cockatoo

With home-made tools like carved sticks, they hit branches. The beat they produce with this is regular and contains repeating patterns. Each bird has its own style.

See also here. And here.

Palm cockatoos beat drum like Ringo Starr: here.