Different Drums – Julie Matthews
Written for the BBC Radio 2 Radio Ballads ‘30 Years of Conflict’


It’s not what you feel it’s the way that you say it
It’s not the sound of the skin but the way that you play it
Unite or divide us when the time comes
We all dance to different drums


It’s not how it sounds but the way that you hear it
It’s a beautiful thing but some learn to fear it
A joy to the one man a terror to some
We all dance to a different drum


The sound of the stick on the skin in the street
Two different messages in the same beat
One man will answer another will run
We all dance to a different drum


How sweeter the melody sounds with a harmony
Raise up your voices and sing it as one
The Bodhran and Lambeg beating together
We all dance to a different drum
Together we’ll dance to a different drum