Knockavoe

from by Darren Doherty

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This is the last song I wrote before I moved back from Glasgow (The start of the song is actually still the demo I made that day). Things were not good, mentally, physically and certainly spiritually. I was so lost it was frankly ridiculous. I had been learning the Ryan Adams song 'Let It Ride' and he mentions his home and that's where he will be buried, I liked that idea a lot. I started thinking about my childhood and the simplicity of it, how happy and positive I was, by the end of writing the song I was sitting on a chair in a room I hated, screaming the words in tears, it was probably then I was sure I had to move home.
I left Strabane at 18 to better myself and be successful, not sure I achieved either of those things, the years have made me see the small town I am from very differently.
I now take a lot of joy in waking up to see Knockavoe everyday.

lyrics

Peggy Kelly lived right next door
Rest of the family down a few doors more
And it was commonplace to feel your house was secure
The streetlights turned red ten o’clock sharp
This is no folklore.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.

Hughie Blee fixed bikes and played guitar
He’d pass on his knowledge for two quid and it got me far
And every Friday I’d race up the golf links hard
To write shit songs on a stereo,
Man, long before the war.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.

One day the sun will not rise
One day the sun will not rise
One day the sun will not rise
And I hope you lie
My beaten body on the hill
These broken wings too used to fly.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.
Above the head of the town
Looking down on Melvin Park and friends of mine
Oh just to sleep in the sound
Of one more summer spent
On hallowed ground
Cause all this nothingness
It eats my crown.

Distance Is Getting Me Down
Distance Is Getting Me Down
And I’d love nothing more, than to meet you now
Distance Is Getting Me Down
Distance Is Getting Me Down
And I’d love nothing more, than to meet you now
I’m all cried out today, so hear me shout.

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from What You Do, released April 14, 2017
Written and recorded by Darren Doherty

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Darren Doherty Belfast, UK

Northern Irish singer-songwriter recording and releasing a track per week until the album is complete.

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