headgear

headgear

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The music of Daragh Dukes aka 'Headgear' has been repeatedly described as “cinematic”. Dukes’ off-kilter songs borrow from folk, rock and electronica. According to Ireland's Hot Press magazine, "Headgear" gives radiohead a run for their money”.

Biography

Daragh Dukes buys a sampler. With this, his quirky melodies and lyrics can be accompanied by all manner of instruments and sounds lifted from records old and new. Kid brother Osgar entrusts these songs with frisky beats. Many wonderful musicians guest star. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls- Headgear

Lyrics

Mister Petit

Written By: Daragh Dukes

THE WIRE THAT I WILL CLIMB UP ON YOU WILL NOT SEE BUT I’LL JUMP AND I WILL SLIDE AND I WILL BE SET FREE.
WHO KNOWS WHETHER I WILL LIVE OR DIE…
AND THE WIND WILL YAWN AWAKE ABOVE THE HUDSON AND THE CLOUDS WILL DRESS ME UP SO THAT I LOOK GOOD.
THOSE TWO, WAY WAY DOWNTOWN ARE ALL I EVER SEE.
THEY’RE NOT REAL TWINS BUT THEY ARE WAITING THERE FOR ME AND WHEN THEY CALL, I’LL STAND SO TALL.
PARACHUTES ARE ONLY FOR THE NON-BELIEVERS AND WHAT’S IT CALLED AGAIN WHEN YOU CAN’T FEEL ANYTHING?
IF THERE’S SOMETHING I DO WELL, IT MIGHT SEEM IDIOTIC BUT I’LL BE BURIED IN THAT SKY, WAITING ON THE HIGH WIRE.

HE COULD WALK BACK FROM THE SPIKE DOWN TO THE PILLAR FOR NELSON, ACROSS THE CENTURY.

PLEASE COME SAVE OUR TOWN.
IT IS SINKING DOWN AND WE ARE UNDERGROUND.

To Heaven

Written By: Daragh Dukes

I lit my fire and I glided over to you,
your liquor was all gone and your eyes were melting too.
There is no ice in the freezer mother
and one of these kids is not like the other.

I hope that when you find your lord, I hope that you can hide your horns,
I know you’ll get down on all fours, apologise for all your wars.

You never meant to end up a thief, you thought life was only an aperitif.
Come with me I’m leaving town. Come with me we’ll go all the way down.

I’ll take a bubble from your blood and float it high above me,
I’ll cover it with rook’s feathers and with sycamore leaves.
I’ll get the shadows from your neck and I’ll hide in them until dusk
I’ll take the weight from your feet, the tongue from behind your teeth.

I hope that when you find your lord, I hope that you can hide your horns,
I know you’ll get down on all fours, apologise for all your wars.

Come with me I’m leaving town. Come with me we’ll go all the way down.
Come with me I’m leaving town. Come with me we’ll go all the way down.

a singsong in the sky

Written By: headgear

we're all going to make a big fire, make a big fire, make a big fire.
we're all going to make a big fire, a big fire in the ground.
when the wind is rattling but the sea is still. when we've had everything but no-one brings the bill. when everyone has aq light but no-one can read the will, when headgear is compromised, there's one last thrill....

I'll make it up to you

Written By: Daragh Dukes

I’ll make it up to you

Now that I have taken what I never could afford,
Now that I have bargained with all the wrong Lords,
Now that I have melted and drank the last snow-cap,
Now a tired and old winter has frozen all the maps.

Fire me to the moon and I’ll make it up to you.
Fire me to the sun and I’ll really be someone.

Now your golden syrup sky is falling.
Now your silent seabed is calling.
Now I cannot see you for who you are,
Now my only craving is for the light of the stars.

Fire me to the moon and I’ll make it up to you.
Fire me to the sun and I’ll really be someone.

Drag my icon out of this planet’s folder.
I know somewhere that no one’s getting older.

Fire me to the moon and I’ll make it up to you.
Fire me to the sun and I’ll really be someone.
Fire me to the moon and I’ll make it up to you.
Fire me to the sun and I’ll really be someone.

Discography

‘Wonderdog’ - vinyl 7”
‘This comes to pass’ - vinyl 7”
‘Where this Good Life Goes’ - mini lp/cd
‘Headgear’ - lp/cd
‘Halibut’ - vinyl 7”
‘Flight Cases’ - lp/cd/download
'Harry Truman' - single download
'To Heaven/ A singsong' - vinyl 10"

Set List

We play 10 or 12 songs, about 1 hour; We rarely play a cover version; here's a typical set;

WONDERDOG
HALIBUT
THIS COMES TO PASS
SINGIN’ IN THE DRAIN
HARRY TRUMAN
A SINGSONG IN THE SKY
TO HEAVEN
MISTER PETIT