KSF(IOM) depositors Christmas song

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Posted: Sat, 06/12/2008 - 05:21

Does anyone have the musical talents required to perform something like "Darling ruined my Christmas" on youtube? Can anyone write a depositors' protest song for Xmas?

I am sure a serious attempt with a nice tune and lots of pathos and hardship and pointed criticism of the UK government would get some press attention.

On the same subject, a small Christmas protest in Whitehall or outside Ernst and Young in Lambeth, involving depositors with begging bowls, would perhaps interest the media.

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  • Mon, 08/12/2008 - 16:11

I have taken my very poor draft lyrics based on "So this is Xmas" and given them to a lyricist who I know to work on. He' s not that pleased about being asked to do it for free, but he will try.

In the meantime, can anyone else come up with a finished version of any Christmas KSF lyrics?

Christmas protest song.

  • romasanta
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 19:34

I was also thinking on these lines - I would be happy to sing something, but lack the musicianship to play any instrument (I am trying stuff on GarageBand (Mac program) at the moment, but is taking time to get any result).

I like the folk song ballad idea of colinalvin63.

I also started some ideas along this line a little while ago, but it petered out. take a look for new inspiration at: http://chat.ksfiomdepositors.org/forum-topic/lets-have-protest-song-word...

Starting Point for A Song

  • colinalvin63
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 13:12

There is a folk song called the Ellen Vannen - it's amazingly relevant to us - it's about a ship that went down in the Irish sea near Liverpool Bay in 1909. It was an Isle of Man ship.

The Isle of Man parliament mentions the name Ellen Vannen on the outside ! Also parliament is called Tinwald. Here's the words gleaned from he internet :-

Snaefell, Tinwald, Ben McCree,
14 ships have sailed the sea
Proudly bearing a Manx name,
Now there's one will never again

Chorus: (sung after each verse)
Oh Ellen Vannen of the Isle of Mann company
Oh Ellen Vannen, Lost in the Irish sea

At one AM in Ramsay Bay,
Captain Tare was heard to say,
"Our contract is to deliver the mail,
In this rough weather we must not fail"

With her crew of 21 Manx men
Her passengers Liverpool business men
Farewell to Mona's Isle, farewell
This little ship is bound for hell

Ocean liners sheltered from the storm
While Ellen Vannen on the sea was borne
Her hold was full and battened down
As she sailed toward far Liverpool town

Just a mile from the Bar light ship (a signal buoy ?)
Ellen Vannen by a wave was hit
She sank in the waters of Liverpool bay
And there she lies until this day

Few Manx men now remember
The third day of the month November
The terrible storm of 1909
When Ellen Vannen sailed for the very last time


My first thoughts were to re-write the Chorus as follows :-

Oh, Kaupthing Singer, an Isle of Man Company
Oh, Kaupthing Singer, screwed by the Treasury

Well it's a start at least !

Perhaps it could become our motto ?

Regards, Colin

Ellan Vannin - Unofficial Manx National Anthem

  • romasanta
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 21:07

There are alternate lyrics (which of course can be adapted) see Utube link:

If you have never heard the folk song

  • Mekong
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 14:01

Thanks for the link to the

  • colinalvin63
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 16:01

Thanks for the link to the song mekong.

Cant think of a good some but

  • bellyup
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 13:01

Cant think of a good some but heres a terrible poem!

T'was two months before Christmas about which we sing
We had our money frozen in FS and Kaupthing
We had stashed it there with caution and care
The hopes of our future a nestling there.
When all of a sudden there came a great blow from without
The bank said sorry your savings are nowt
They've gone to the UK to Al and the PM
We doubt if you'll see them ever again
Come Mr Brown do what you can
We know you are really a reasonable man
Before Santa appears totting his sack
Be a good lad, give our savings back

re Cant think of a good song but

  • colinalvin63
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 13:15

Nice one bellyup - that raised a laugh :-)


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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 13:39

We must have a least one song-writer amongst the depositors. I certainly can't write one, but I had in mind something simple along the lines of "So this is Christmas"

Unhappy Christmas (Kaupthing's Over)

  • colinalvin63
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 16:00

To the tune of Happy Christmas (War is over) :-

Unhappy Christmas (Kaupthing's Over)

So this is Christmas, it won't be much fun.
Don't think it's all over, we've only just begun.
To fight for our savings, 'coz that's all we had,
The government stole it, in a big smash and grab !

A ter-rib-le Christmas and a crappy New Year.
Is all we can hope for, without any cheer.

So this is Christmas, and we must be strong.
Must fight for what's owed us, the road will be long.
We will not be beaten, we'll stand for what's right,
You might bring the banks down, but were gonna fight !


It's not over, we still want it, want our money, nooooow .

colinalvin63 - I like it :-)

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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 18:52

I like that colinalvin63 well done, now can we rustle up a few pop stars who want to help the needy this Christmas ?


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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 19:29

Boy George ? ............... might be of help with chaining to railings.

boy george

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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 20:21

Years ago, when I used to do freelance writing for newspapers, while holidaying in the UK while working in Canada, I got a press pass to the first night of a Jackson concert at Wembley (although I have no interest in music and especially Jackson).

The press gallery was next to the celebrities gallery (I didn't know that) and in the intermission we shared the bar with them. I was talking to this journalist at the bar when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye and said loudly to the journalist, "look at that utter twit dressed like Boy George". The twit in question turned round and said to me "I am Boy George".

bobby shafted

  • steveejeb
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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 19:34

Boy George....perfect! However if Boy George did come on board I might just pass on offering my services in the chained to railings department. Nevertheless I will be happy to be there and hold the coats!

Not such a Merry Christmas Darling!

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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 18:26

I feel like the "Matchstick Girl" No where to Go!!

The Big Bad Wolf (UK Government) has stolen My Life my Future!

The only way for us is Homelessness, Orphans is what we are>>> Me and My Daughter.>>> No Family!! My Mother and Father are Dead! My Father fought in the Atlantic as a Young man and this is how its people are Repaid it is an abomination!!!!

I bet Darling has a Nice warm bed to sleep in????? I DONT


Aurora hanging on just!!

Xmas song

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  • Sat, 06/12/2008 - 19:33

I have got an outline, but I cannot make the rhymes etc. I have absolutely no skills in this area so I am going to ask a friend who writes lyrics to help out, unless anyone else has the necessary skills.

Anyway, this is the outline:

So this is Christmas
our life savings are lost
since Darling seized Kaupthing
and the Manx branch went down

A very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year
We’ve lost all our money
And Brown doesn’t care.

And so this is Christmas
savers with the UK are fine
but those who banked on the Island
haven’t recovered a dime

And while Gordy’s smiling
And claims to have saved the UK
He sacrificed our near and our dear ones
And shattered our dreams.

He’s kept half a billion
Of money we earned
He’s broken our families
And lost us our homes.

And so Happy Christmas
for black and for white
for yellow and red ones
They’ll all be alright.

But not for us savers
in the Isle of Man bank
We’ve lost every penny
And have Gordy to thank.

A very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year
At least Gordy and Darling
have nothing to fear

So this is Christmas
and what has Brown done?
he’s stitched us up rotten
and claimed the fault was our own

and so this is Christmas (but for us its all over ...)
for weak and for strong (...because Brown wants it)
the rich and the poor ones (but for us its all over ...)
and we who’ve lost everything (...because Brown wants it)

we did nothing wrong – we paid our UK tax
we did nothing wrong – we paid our UK tax
We did what Brown told us – and he took all our cash

Good one

  • bellyup
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 18:59

Good one Elgee
And the other stoo.
Come onn you songsters out there.