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Roy’s Tune by Fontaines D.C.

This is a damned good song.

photo from the official video of Roy's Tune by Fontaines D.C.

The lyrics to Roy’s Tune, by Fontaines D.C., have already been explained by the band’s guitarist, Conor Curley (see below), who was the primary writer for the song. The only thing missing from his description is the explanation for “I hate the way they use her,” but things seem cleared up in the official video. A man who is struggling with work, watches his child and imagines how life will be for her – and with the state of the world as it is, he isn’t feeling very hopeful.

Roy’s Tune

by Fontaines D.C.

The breeze in the night time would kill you stone dead
It was the message I heard when the company said,
“There is no warning and there is no future.”
I like the way they treat me but I hate the way they use her….
I hate the way they use her


I never really read
I spent the day in bed
And my hair was red
And my eyes weren’t dead
I was a cool, cool kid on the curbstone scene
And the lights in my eyes they were evergreen….
Like you’ve never seen.

The breeze in the night time would kill you stone dead
It was the message I heard when the company said,
“There is no warning, and there is no future.”
I like the way they treat me but I hate the way they use her…
I hate the way they use….

Well I never really read
I spent the day in bed
And my hair was red
And my eyes weren’t dead
I was a cool, cool kid on the curbstone scene
And the lights in my eyes they were evergreen…
Just like you’ve never seen before.

They said the breeze in the night time would kill you stone dead
It was the message I heard when the company said,
“There is no warning, there’s no future.”
I like the way they treat me but I hate the way they use her…
I hate the way they use…

Hey love

Hey love

Are you hanging on?

Hey love

Hey love

Are you hanging on?
Are you hanging on?


According to WeAllWantSomeone.org:

“Roy’s Tune” was written primarily by guitarist Conor Curley who provides this background about the song’s origin:

It’s sung to Ireland – from a mindset of frustration, depression, and a loss of innocence.

I used to work in the service industry, at a small burrito place in Dublin, and I’d walk home at night because I couldn’t afford public transportation. Grian [Chattan, lead singer] and I didn’t have any money, so we were sharing a double-size bed in the same converted office block. One night on my way home I was walking by The George, which is the biggest gay nightclub in Dublin, and a guy was getting kicked out by the bouncers. He kept yelling at them, “I’m gonna kill you stone dead!” and that turn of phrase stuck out to me.

A couple years back the EU awarded Ireland €14 billion in back taxes from Apple, but the government here refuses to do anything with the money out of fear Apple will move their headquarters. They care more about a giant corporation than the people of our country, and all we can do is sit there and take it.

We wanted this to be a moment of reflection on the album. We included this song with the purpose of showing our intent as a band and as Songwriters. We intend to explore whatever emotions or ideas we see, not just make ‘another post-punk album’.