Troubles
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music

BBC producer John Leonard, when reviving the Ewan McColl/Charles Parker Radio Ballad idea in 2008 asked me to write a number of songs reflecting on ‘The Troubles’. This is one which recalls the dark uncertainty of that time… the sound of a strange car on a lonely road, the unfamiliar knock on the door and the dreading of what might happen next.


Someone died on Sunday the funeral was today
Tonight there will be trouble someone’s going to pay
Don’t go out tonight love its better that you stay
For anything can happen in these Troubles

He seemed so young and innocent so gentle and so kind
It broke his mother’s heart you know the night that poor lad died
Don’t go out tonight love there’ll be some other time
For anything can happen in these Troubles

They might be dressed in uniforms respectable and clean
They might be dressed in anoraks and ordinary jeans
But murder is their mission in the night unseen
Anything can happen in these Troubles

They didn’t hear the car draw near or hear the doorbell ring
They didn’t hear the gun go off the begging or the crying
The blood lay on the kitchen floor but they didn’t hear a thing
For anything can happen in these Troubles