"Billy Daveys Daughter" as written by Kelly Jones, Stuart Cable and Richard Mark Jones....
I never knew her name
I only knew her fame
She lived near my town
Another goldfish to drown
Well I just past the bridge
That parts us from them
The bridge that she used
Again and again

I remember when they found her
Billy Davey's daughter
Word gets around, word gets around

Billy Davey's second daughter
Threw herself to dirty water
Billy's left with nothing but a dream

Billy Davey's second daughter
Threw herself to dirty water
Billy's left with nothing But a dream

He dreams
He dreams

He Dreams

Word gets around

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"Billy Davey's Daughter" as written by Richard Mark Jones Kelly Jones

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    Song MeaningThere is no hidden meaning to the lyrics. Billy Davey is a character from Kelly's home town of Cwmaman. He had 6 daughters,the yougest of which,is the girl in the title.(although the lyric says "Billy's second daughter")
    She hooked up with a local junkie and had a violent relationship. While traveling back from England to Wales, they were having a violent argument. Half way over the Severn bridge, she got out of the car and jumped over, killing herself.
    "the bride that parts us" literally means the the bridge that parts the Welsh from the English.
    dumphuqon April 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl who killed herself and now shes like a town ghost story. kinda like " oh see that bridge, billy daveys 2nd daughter jumped off that" Regardless its a great song. very sad.
    LiveUrLifeon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a girl who jumped off the severn bridge to kill herself, 'the bridge that parts us from them'. this is definatley one of their best songs.
    LiViNg_DeAd_GiRlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, but sad. Meaning is all ^^^.
    I love how Kelly hits those high notes. Classic!
    Andaahon May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Comment*swoons over kellys high voice* yeah.....
    plug_in_babeon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song from what is in my opinion their best album, could be the severn bridge but equally given kelly's hometown of Cwmamman (one road in, one road out) could be any town that is 'cut-off' from others... brilliant
    Floppydogsbitson December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, off definetly one of their best albums..at first i just thort it was about the obvious. But this song goes to many levels, such as..."the bridge that parts us from them" being the cultural division between blacks and whites in the past, or just some sort of division between to places. and billys daughter is represented as a hero, martin luther king for e.g. tryin to get everybody close and 'civilised' by risking her own life. anyway this is js wat i first thought, I'm not sayin it correct just my interpretation. amazin song tho!!
    Lewi15on January 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti have to say i disagree with you lewi15. kelly although a great lyricist and phenomenal singer probably wouldnt have meant it to have much of a metaphorical sense. he just described what he knew, especially on the first couple of stereophonics albums, and this is why i love his style. he paints the pictures so well. you have good insight though, fair play, but i just dont think that was kelly's style.
    Rymonon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti guess that bridge people are speculating about is just a random bridge that seperated kelly's town from the town Billey Davey and his daughters lived in. (she lived near my town; the bridge that parts us from them)
    herchenmon December 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it's about his famous daughter 'throwing herself to dirty waters' as in, maybe heading down a bad path such as the pornography industry, and the bridge could be a sort of moral divider between us and the people who sacrifice their dignity to become adult entertainers. she used the bridge again and again, maybe that means that she regularly lived 2 separate lives - one as a famous, respectable person - the other as a prostitute or erotic actress...

    and of course word gets around, and her father finds out, and now he's left with just a dream of all that she could have been...

    any way you look at it though, the lyrics are so sad. hats off to the stereophonics for a good finish to their (first?) album. good stuff.

    another very interesting thing to point out: the album is actually called 'WORD GETS AROUND' . . .
    BrEnNo1023on August 31, 2009   Link

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