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Subject: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 03:06 PM

Could any one provide me with the words for "City Lament" by Keith Marsden as featured in Picking Sooty Blackberries?
Sung by Cockersdale.
I have the CD but am struggling with one or two words.
Tried to get the book but it appears to be out of print, can anyone help me to locate the book?


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Subject: Lyr Add: CITY LAMENT (Keith Marsden)
From: Grampus
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 04:31 PM

Hi Dennis

You don't say which words you are missing, so does this help?


CITY LAMENT
Keith Marsden

1. I was born a city lad so I knew the place was bad,
The only thing to call it was a slum.
But despite the squalor there the people didn't care,
And didn't want the bulldozers to come.
And how they cried that day when we had to move away,
And pack our homes into our little carts,
Then the council knocked it flat and we all thanked God for that,
And none of us have died of broken hearts.

CHORUS: Aye the men from the town hall came and swung their big lead ball,
And one by one the streets began to fall.
Now in new electric flats, we miss the damp and rats,
And we can't grow mushrooms on the bedroom wall.

2. The city streets were mean, like the houses in between,
The bricks were every shade of dirty black.
Electric lights were few and baths we never knew,
And the lavs were round the corner at the back.
Our food was frying panned and our clothes were second hand,
Shoes were something other people wore.
And when dad had drunk his dole and we couldn't pay for coal,
We'd go and pinch some other bugger's door.

3. Normally you'd choke on the ashes and the smoke,
We measured daily soot-fall by the ton.
But when the air went sweet and you could nearly see your feet,
Aye then the mayor fired a celebration gun.
In the early morn of spring you could hear the sparrows sing,
By noon the mills around had done their worst.
So by teatime over all there would hang a sooty pall,
While the sparrows sat there coughing fit to bust.

4. Then the rain would catch the grime and turn it into slime,
And spread it on the houses down below.
So in April we had showers that poisoned all the flowers,
And in winter we made black men out of snow.
Oh aye the place was rough so all us lads were tough,
The coppers came in threes when they came by.
And it hardly made them frown when we burnt the fish 'ole down,
With the sergeant in the middle for the Guy.

5. And though now the City's gone still it's spirit lingers on,
And if one winter's night you're passing by,
You might catch the padding feet of some whippet long deceased,
Or hear a ghostly rag and bone man's cry.
There's a gang of phantom kids still out pinching dustbin lids,
But if you think you hear the sound of strife,
Don't stop whate'er you do for it's nowt to do with you,
It's some ghostly drunkard beating up his wife.

Regards G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 07:20 PM

Grampus,
That is exactly what I wanted.
Thank you
One of the lines I had problem with was "And pack our homes into our little carts"
"Our food was frying panned" also confused me a little, but now it makes sense.
I also thought "pall" was "fall"
I don't like altering things, but, I might change the line "With the sergeant in the middle for the guy" to something like" with the sergeants clothes used for the guy" a little less confrontational before I attempt to sing it.
I have quite a lot of respect for the police.

I have lived all my life in West Yorkshire and find the songs of Keith Marsden exciting.
Thanks again Grampus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 07:22 PM

There ARE one or two worse writers than Keith !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 07:26 PM

Leadfingers are you one of them?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 07:31 PM

Not sure if you intended an insult to Keith, Leadfingers, if so you were out of order! If this was not your intention, I apologise to you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 07:56 PM

No Offence meant or taken ! Keith WAS a SUPERB writer and sadly missed - After a night NOT driving and in a pub at a Singaround I am not sure wether my comment was Irony or what !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 08:14 PM

Understatement is the word you are searching for Terry. You knew as well as any that there are thousands worse than Keith, but we English love our understatement.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 08:29 PM

I envy your night at the sing around, leadfinger, life is too short for disagreement. Your comment is well received.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 02:38 AM

Dennis - I wouldn't alter the guy line if I were you, as the verse is meant to underline how rough the area was, in an OTT sort of way. And how is it worse than telling people to ignore the "ghostly drunkard beating up his wife"?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Grampus
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 03:11 AM

Glad that's sorted for you Dennis. Keep singing.

G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: City Lament by Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 03:18 AM

Kitty - I think I will take your advice, thanks.
Although the drunkard was a ghost but, the Sargeant appeared quite real.


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