Dermot Kennedy - The Killer Was A Coward Lyrics




See the killer was a coward
Dark deeds in dark towers
So he fled when they came
Blowing brass, carrying chains

They want to lock him in the dark
They want to kill what's in his heart
And they left the town to hunt him down
And they left one man to hold it down

But when they get back he's in the throne
Looks like the killer's fucking clone
Says he's got ideas of his own
But there's one thing he'd kill to know

See there's a hero in the crowd
And his heart starts beating loud
Says the killer took his friend
And decides that this is where it ends

So at night the king's walking the tower
His eyes lit up with all the power
But the hero's ghosting by the guards
And his heart is carrying a charge

He stabs him in his cunning heart
The scream tore sea and sky apart
So you want fears? We still got several
At least the killer's dancing with the devil

The hero did it for days
When you don't know if the moon'll even come
Then it lays down
I'm telling you, man, it's sweet when it does
When I think of you I think of spirits divine
I think of all the love we shared in a very dark time

The hero did it for the summer
For long days with that sun in your hair
For fires and family
For the phrase "don't ever leave me"

Sorrow'll be finding me no more
Sorrow'll be finding me no more
Sorrow'll be finding me no more
When you're coming home now

Sorrow'll be finding me no more
Sorrow'll be finding me no more
Sorrow'll be finding me no more
When you're coming home now





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Dermot Kennedy The Killer Was A Coward Comments
  1. u ghazi

    The hero did it ....for the phrase Dont Ever Leave Me...😢😫😫😫 waterworks when I heard that - outta nowhere !! . He weaves a tale of corruption murder and powerlust... with the hero becoming a killer ...in order to Save Love, Virtue and beauty🤯... all in <5 mins. FLOORED! This man is pure talent. Thank You Dermot. Thank U for sharing your poetry and voice !

  2. Grumty Dumpty

    Can sum1 get this on spotify

  3. thom Robinson

    Seen dermot Kennedy in Manchester in May 2019 and now going to Dublin 22dec 2019 can't wait I wish he could sing this song....

    Melanie Jane B

    Ask him I'm sure he will. I'm sure he will as he is playing in his homeland. I aaked him to play Without fear for my birthday @ his Sheffield gig and he did along with Islands and fires

    thom Robinson

    @Melanie Jane B I asked in Manchester but didn't

  4. Carmella A Cooper-Parks

    I cannot control my emotions, the tears, the way his words touch me. My daughter and I have spent countless nights, up til dawn, listening to Dermot, watching him as he relays his stories, his experiences, his raw feelings to us through such heart-felt, honest lyrics. You, Dermot, have made us celebrate, forgive, heal, love, cry, feel, find strength, etc. Thank you! Thank you for the gifts you have given me and Heidi!!! We love you! #diehards #truedefinitionofgifted #

  5. NarKs

    So is the king the killer, or is the king the one they left behind to hold the town?

  6. g6kid1

    Only hearing this now, my god this is amazing 😳👏👏

  7. Itzel

    I've been listening to this for two years now, and all I'm gonna say is THIS SONG HAD TO BE ON THE ALBUM, DERMOT, love u tho

    DaniLJL

    Itzel Oh man, same. Was waiting with baited breath to see if it made the cut. 😫

    ThemTwoJays

    @DaniLJL same

  8. Barry Kelly

    Just had to come here before 1 million views. Making us proud my man.

  9. Sarah Langlois

    Happy 3 year anniversary to this masterpiece of a performance!!!
    Everything about this song is gut-wrenchingly beautiful!
    The lyrics
    The softness of the acoustic guitar vs. the power and emotion in his voice
    This song, this video, this performance has gotten me through a really tough time
    I watch it at least 10 times a day.
    It makes me feel sad but hopeful, all at the same time
    It makes me feel things deep in my soul that I didnt even know I needed to feel
    Thank you Dermot for sharing your art with us
    ~Sorrow won't be finding me no more~

  10. sarah chaouk

    This man is fucken Amazing !! How did I just hear him now ?

  11. ah00362

    Sweet poetry..

  12. A Person

    That police siren always freaks me out when I’m driving.

  13. alee46

    This video should have 7 billion+ views. Mandatory curriculum for all. Lessons learned Y’all

  14. Austin Gamblin

    Please put this on Spotify. Please? I mean it's an amazing story and song. I think the world would love it, and I want to add it to my Dermot playlists.

  15. Carmella A Cooper-Parks

    My God I am blown away by the passion in which you sing your amazing lyrics. I literally feel something, I get emotional every time I listen. My daughter and I stay up late, til wee hours in the morning listening to you. I am super excited to see you in St. Louis, MO March 16, 2020. I just have to "experience' Dermot live!!! I can't stop listening! I don't have a favorite!! How could anyone pick?? I am 51 years old and I have loved music all of my life, and all forms of music from country to the latest top 40, from Janis Joplin and Rush to Marvin Gaye and Zepplin!!! But you, my friend, YOU, I feel your music from deep within my SOUL. Please don't stop doing what you do!!! You are a genius at your craft! #Dermotkennedy #bestmusic #speaktomysoul

  16. Jim Johns

    This is where Dermot peaked and that is ok.

    I hope I’m wrong

    Toronto Promotions

    You are very wrong.

  17. castiel carlysle

    Holy Mother!!!!!!!

  18. Janice Oostveen

    i love u, Dermot...

  19. Ever Dave

    Not the type of song that should be sung in a church. Love his voice and music though.

  20. Stephanie Levis

    This is Amazing, please PLEASE PLEASE release on Spotify

  21. Sarah Langlois

    This just makes me feel things... deep in my soul!

  22. Brady Holmok

    Still an amazing song!

  23. melinda watson

    This needs to be released! I love it so much!

  24. Aidan Murphy

    Was the siren on the track??... 1.25ish

    Claus Schützenhöfer

    It was a live gig in a church in the middle of London! ;)

    Aidan Murphy

    @Claus Schützenhöfer perfect! Hahaha

  25. Aidan Murphy

    Respect for bringing it abroad.

  26. Chaise LaBrie

    Such a pure voice

  27. Mike Lewis

    This has become a daily listen for me

  28. Caveman Dan

    How have I only just found this??
    Real music absolutely beautiful

  29. Wilmar van der Meulen

    Can't help but miss this 'acoustic Dermot' don't get me wrong, I like his new style as well, but I can't help but feel that he loses some of his raw unique sound in the whole drum and bass backing that is provided by his band.

    Claus Schützenhöfer

    #metoo

    his 'new style' is good, but not that brilliant & unique! Sorry Dermot, but money kills the spirit of Rock'n'Roll!

  30. fanaber70

    Is he singing "fucking clone" inside a church building? If so, what a strange church :-)

  31. Chelle Foster

    god you make my heart ache :)

  32. Michael Henderson

    You are unbelievable!! Keep it up

  33. stickchickels

    I've become such a huge fan of Dermot!!! Raw talent!

  34. Lisha Huffman

    I love love love love you!

  35. Chris Elliott

    Wowwwwww

  36. Lauren Sawyer

    One of my favorite songs. Really hope it makes the album. I listen to it here every day.

    DaniLJL

    Lauren Sawyer Same. Same.

  37. Leo Hernon

    71..dickheads .

  38. thom Robinson

    Only song that's not on Spotify please put on..... What a fantastic song best yet raw and I keep coming back to utube to listen

    Prahastha David

    thom Robinson his song, tittles Malay is also not in spotify

  39. andrew biviano

    QUINCY MURPHY loves this song!!!

  40. jelanifr3sh

    This is amazing.

  41. Gareth Lewis

    Fantastic music lovely to listen to

  42. lauren trudeau

    This song speaks to my heart on so many levels. It reminds me of my brother. It's beautiful. When you understand the loss of the heart you want to save this song takes a whole new meaning. Please keep writing and don't ever stop. You will be a legend. You shine brighter than the stars, serenade like waves crashing on the ocean, and soothe my soul like the wind on my face.

  43. Lord Ward

    The hero did it .. 💯🙏🏼

  44. dnjneville1

    This is my absolute favorite song of his to date.

  45. Miss.LillianMay

    I hope he releases this song eventually

  46. Patrick J Douglas

    Is it just me or does the fact that this song is not on Spotify make it all the more uniquely great. This song is amazing the lyrics are insanely good not just words but mini puzzles and poems that are hard to breakdown and fully understand, we all have one thing in common here, when we think of this song its this version we wanna hear...the killer was a coward 🖤

    Austin Gamblin

    this is the version that we all want. A remix/redone would be difficult to swallow.

  47. thom Robinson

    Less than 4 weeks now to see him .......😃

  48. Justin Stewart

    Favourite song

  49. Kitty Maher

    Ireland ‘s next best singer ever ,

  50. Patrick J Douglas

    Amazing song, unreal artist. mon the Dermot up the Irish

  51. Menzy

    tuning?

  52. PRAISE GOD

    The more I watch you the more I am convinced to get the ticket. The only thing that is keeping me back is all those witches who will be there and be doing magic and trying to suck that talent from you. It just ruins the mood now doesn't it. I'll keep praying. You are very spiritual awake. I feel like I know you from a life before, you mention the devil, he needs to go and so does his prostitute witches who do nothing but take everyone talent and pretend all day.

  53. Rachel Spaulding

    I have no words. 😢

  54. Lauren Seely

    He is, without a doubt, one of the most talented artists out there. I've been to 2 shows in the States and planning on a trip to Dublin this spring to catch him there. The power in his voice..it's life changing.

    Karen Brown

    I'm planning to see him next week in Oakland, California. It will be my first time seeing him live. Every song makes me teary.

    Kitty Maher

    Good taste

  55. Bex Damiani

    Hi!!! Can you please add this song to Apple Music? It’s one of my favorites 😍❤️

  56. Justin Stewart

    See the killer was a coward
    Dark deeds in dark towers
    So he fled when they came
    Blowing brass, carrying chains

    They want to lock him in the dark
    They want to kill what's in his heart
    And they left the town to hunt him down
    And they left one man to hold it down

    But when they get back he's in the throne
    Looks like the killer's fucking clone
    Says he's got ideas of his own
    But there's one thing he'd kill to know

    See there's a hero in the crowd
    And his heart starts beating loud
    Says the killer took his friend
    And decides that this is where it ends

    So at night the king's walking the tower
    His eyes lit up with all the power
    But the hero's ghosting by the guards
    And his heart is carrying a charge

    He stabs him in his cunning heart
    The scream tore sea and sky apart
    So you want fears? We still got several
    At least the killer's dancing with the devil

    The hero did it for days
    When you don't know if the moon'll even come
    And then it lays down
    And I'm telling you, man, it's sweet when it does
    And when I think of you I think of spirit defined and
    I think of all the love we shared in a very dark time

    The hero did it for the summer
    For long days with that sun in your hair
    For fires and family
    For the phrase "don't ever leave me"

    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    When you're coming home now

    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    When you're coming home now

  57. ianrussell20122

    Taking the piss

  58. Nik Novakovic

    Like his raw and emotional voice

  59. Tiffany Brown

    Dermot is insanely talented. I am addicted.

  60. Tequila Moose72

    Big man had the balls to curse in church. This dude is the shit👍🏼

  61. Dawn Fulthorpe

    Any chance of you coming to do a gig at Newcastle? Please please.

  62. nirvana bae

    the parallels between this song and for island fires and family😱❤❤

  63. Dawn Fulthorpe

    My son told me about Dermot. Holy moly he's so good.

  64. L S

    See the killer was a coward
    Dark deeds in dark towers
    So he fled when they came
    Blowing brass, carrying chains

    They wanna lock him in the dark
    They wanna kill what's in his heart
    And they left the town to hunt him down
    And they left one man to hold it down

    But when they get back he's in the throne
    Looks like the killer's fucking clone
    Says he's got ideas of his own
    But there's one thing he'd kill to know

    See there's a hero in the crowd
    And his heart starts beating loud
    Says the killer took his friend
    And decides that this is where it ends

    So at night the king's walking the tower
    His eyes lit up with all the power
    But the hero's ghosting by the guards
    And his heart is carrying a charge

    He stabs him in his cunning heart
    The scream tore sea and sky apart
    So you want fears? We still got several
    At least the killer's dancing with the devil

    The hero did it for days
    When you don't know if the moon'll even come
    And then it lays down
    And I'm telling you, man, it's sweet when it does
    And when I think of you I think of spirit define
    I think of all the love we shared in a very dark time

    So the hero did it for the summer
    For long days with that sun in your hair
    For fires and family
    For the phrase "don't ever leave me"

    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    When you're coming home now

    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    Sorrow won't be finding me no more
    When you're coming home now

  65. marie walsh

    Lord such a voice ;

  66. Maikiki -2012-

    just beautiful!! your voice goes into my heart.

  67. M. Lucas Walker

    Listen to Lewis Capaldi too 👍🏻

    Iain Watson

    M. Lucas Walker I second this

    Julian Grumley

    Lewis Capaldi just has it in buckets

    Connor Fleming

    Local lad to me👍

  68. crstephens2331

    Perfectly timed siren

  69. thom Robinson

    Indeed what a fantastic talent I can't wait to May 11th Manchester Albert Hall 👌👌2019

  70. middevil98098

    anyone lyrics for this?

  71. James Buckey

    I wish this was available on iTunes or Amazon

    James Buckey

    ​@Claus Schützenhöfer PM? What? Personal Message?

    James Buckey

    https://niko-records.blogspot.com/2016/12/dermot-kennedy-london-2016-11-11.html

  72. Ben Anderson

    Please for the love of God get this on Spotify

  73. Niall Reilly

    Powerful, emotional stuff, great music man, u got a new fan from Ireland!

  74. patrick cowman

    Absolutely awesome. Can’t wait to see him in May 2019

  75. Haight the Great

    There are way too many artist who arent considered mainstream that dont get the recognition they deserve. This guy is amazing.

  76. KreyThai

    Pure brilliance. In awe.

  77. Vickyyy

    WOW........ One of my favsss, amazing X

  78. The Ranga Pirate

    I've yet to hear a song of his I dont like. This bloke is pure talent.

  79. Kevin Lynch

    Pu this on itunes!

  80. Sonken

    Saw him live in Stockholm, one of the best live shows ive seen

  81. panos taf

    that musician is so overrated needs more push he has a great voice and the feelings are ....perfect !!does he have a manager?how can i find him?maybe i can arrange a quite good live in greece

  82. Luiz Eduardo

    não sabia que ele era catolico, canta muitooo dermot sou teu fã

  83. Amy Fisher

    cross country soundtrack midsummer's eves. thank you universe. thanks mr. kennedy

  84. Polly Ann

    Just amazing...seriously obsessed with his voice.

  85. Angelika B

    Omg...shivers...

  86. lala lá lalalalalalaaa

    Que voz linda❤😍

  87. Zachary Dicks

    Follow Loki the Wolfdog on instagram and this song was in one of their posts. Absolutely beautiful song. Sad it took me this long to find it

    Terry Adamson

    Same! haha

  88. Ritpop Agora

    👏👏👏

  89. Anja Weygandt

    Unglaublich großartig. Incredible! The BEST!

    Haley Boyer

    Anja Weygandt Ja, das ist sehr großartig! So amazing :)

    fergal o neill

    Anja Weygandt was the college unreal night that

    fergal o neill

    Anja Weygandt was the unreal night that

  90. Human male #3985696311

    Not sure why he's not on the radio in Australia. Most of the mainstream music today is a joke. This guy is better than everyone in the top 100

    Jonathan Gibbs

    Music with substance isn't highly regarded unfortunately.

    The Ranga Pirate

    Yeah. Most of the music here is shit. You don't hear guys like Dermot or Ben Howard here. Thank the nerds for utube.

    SpearCaddy

    A Dermot + Ben Howard colab or concert would kill me, and I would die very, very happy

    Jean Pierre Berr

    Just saw Dermot and Ben together in New York. Amazing

  91. Nklg Lm

    I've listen to this song everyday since it was uploaded

  92. lilbird143

    He is quite an amazing artist and a beautiful song writer. His music isn’t forced. It’s real and emotional. Truly Gifted.

    Patricia Thomas

    I'd love to hear more!!! I love to smile!!!

  93. Megan McGarvey

    You are just absolutely INCREDIBLE. I have never listened to an artist (who has so little songs as you do) soooo many times. Every time I listen to your songs they make me feel something I have never felt before. Thank you

  94. Kyle Wells

    Anybody have an opinion on what this song is about?

    Jakob Weiner

    Can you expand? I find it appealing, him being in a church and all, but can't find any backing for the claim. Please! :)

    Patricia Thomas

    @Jakob Weiner 🤔😊😉

    psnyder1000

    My take is the the killer is his new girlfriend’s ex. The killer cheated on the girlfriend, treated her poorly.
    He is the hero. The girl is the “friend” that the killer “took”.
    The hero did it for...

    Patrick J Douglas

    Evil, Greed, Power, Corruption followed by Love, Sacrifice, Change, Honor

    Patrick J Douglas

    Good Vs Evil

  95. cinnamon slice

    Awesome vocals tone.. 👌👌

  96. maarten bollen

    goosbumps!!!!!! what a voice. beautiful lirics.

  97. Arttu Pekkola

    Lyrics:
    See the killer was a coward
    Dark deeds in dark towers
    So he fled when they came
    Blowin' brass, carrying chains

    They wanna lock him in the dark
    They wanna kill what's in his heart
    But they left the town to hunt him down
    They left one man to hold it down
    But when they get back he's in the throne
    Looks like the killers fucking clone
    Says he's got ideas of his own
    But there's one thing he killed to know
    See there's a hero in the crowd
    And his heart starts beating loud
    Says the killer took his friend
    And decides that this is where it ends

    So the night the kings walk in the tower
    His eyes lit up with all the power
    And the hero is ghosting by the guards
    And his heart is carrying a charge
    He stabs him in his cunning heart
    The scream tore sea and sky apart
    So you want fears? We still got several
    At least the killer's dancing with the devil

    And the hero did it
    For days when you don't know if the moon will ever come, let it
    Blaze down and I'm telling you man it's sweet when it does and when I
    Think of you I think of spirit defined
    I think of all the love that we shared at a very dark time

    So the hero did it for the summer
    For long days with that sun in your hair
    For fires and family
    For the phrase "Don't ever leave me"

    The sorrow won't be finding me no more! (x3)
    When youre coming home now

    The sorrow won't be finding me no more! (x3)
    When youre coming home now

    Karen Brown

    Fantastic and poetic, thank you

    Alexander Ernst

    Thank you so much

    mattcu77615

    Did you go to see him at Ilosaarirock, Arttu?

    Arttu Pekkola

    @mattcu77615 Sadly nope, i was in the army during that time. I was bummed out, might go see him in Stockholm this year tho.