“Liverpool Lou” written and sung by Dominic Behan. Liverpool is often called Ireland’s biggest city due to the large numbers of emigrants from Ireland over the years who settled there. Three of the four Beatles had Irish ancestors only Ritchie Starkey doesn’t. John Lennon liked to sing this song as a lullaby to his and Yoko’s son Sean. When Yoko Ono appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2007 she selected this song because of John singing it to Sean.
Dominic Behan was a member of a great Irish literary family-he was the younger brother of Brendan Behan- poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who is considered one of the greatest Irish writers ever. Dominic was also a writer- and a singer-songwriter. His most famous songs were “Patriot Game”, “McAlpine’s Fusiliers and Liverpool Lou. Listen to “Patriot Game” and then Bob Dylan’s “With God On Our Side”- “Patriot Game” was written first- Behan had a fit and threatened to sue Dylan over it but maybe the reason he didn’t in the end is- he had lifted the melody himself. Both Behan’s were Irish Republicans who led fascinating and rather short lives- Brendan died at the age of 41 in 1964 due to alcoholism. He once described himself as ‘a drinker with a writing problem.” His younger brother Dominic died at the age of 60 from pancreatic cancer in 1989.