Let's Do The Things We Normally Do
by Dido

Album: Safe Trip Home (2008)
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Songfacts®:

  • This track contains lyrics borrowed from the Irish folk song "The Men Behind The Wire." The protest tune, which was originally written by Paddy McGuigan, is associated with extreme republican movements such as the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA and was once banned by the BBC. The lyrics in question include: "Armored cars and tanks and guns/ Came to take away our sons/ But every man must stand behind/ The men behind the wire."

    Gregory Campbell, a member of the Democratic Unionist party and MP for East Londonderry in Northern Ireland, criticized Dido, who is of Irish descent. He declared to The Daily Mail: "Given her Irish roots, it is inconceivable that she doesn't know the background of the wording. She must know it was written about people who were murderers, arsonists and terrorists. She should clarify her position so that her fans and the wider public knows where she stands on these things."

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