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Liverpool Lyrics Song Book

GUEST,John Haines (and Gerry Jones ) 17 May 12 - 07:19 AM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 18 May 12 - 07:02 AM
Nigel Parsons 18 May 12 - 08:29 AM
GUEST 18 May 12 - 11:46 AM
GUEST 20 May 12 - 05:47 PM
GUEST 21 May 12 - 03:17 AM
Richard from Liverpool 27 May 12 - 08:05 AM
GUEST 28 May 12 - 11:28 AM
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Subject: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
From: GUEST,John Haines (and Gerry Jones )
Date: 17 May 12 - 07:19 AM

Hello to all on Mudcat,

I suppose a brief intro is the usual thing, so, my name is John Haines, and I am originally from Crosby, now living in Southport, I am a keen amateur folkie as well as being a self publisher. I am also posting on behalf of my friend and colleague in this venture, Gerry Jones - a retired teacher, musician / band leader and local historian. In fact, Gerry is the senior partner in the project this concerns, details of which follow.

Gerry and I would like to let you all know of our brand new book, all about Liverpool folk songs written or repopularised during the 1960s folk song boom.

Before I go much further, I'd better state that if this breaks any forum rules, etiquette, decorum etc on here, then simply let me know, down it goes, no worries.

The Book is called Liverpool Lyrics - The Book - The Dots!

The book contains most of the well known Liverpool folks songs of this era; each song has its own section, and the section includes the lyrics, a basic music score (the dots), variations if known, and background information on the people, places and events which inspired the song, and on the writers and artiste/s most associated with it.

It is an 80 page A4 paperback book; there is a colour version (although there are some greyscale images within this), a cheaper black and white version, and a PDF download, which is far cheaper again. The book does not, currently at least, lend itself well to any EBook format, but there may be a way round this in the future. There is also an ebay auction which has 8 days to run (today is May 17 2012). For those who may be interested, do note, as with most retail sites, postal costs are on top of the item cost; these vary depending on country, and on the service chosen so perhaps do check these out before finalising any order. The download does not of course, have any such problems.

Although I will post the relevant links in a moment, of which the links all have generous previews so you can get a taster of what the book is about / looks like, here is the content list; at least you will know what songs are included and should give you a fair idea of whether it may interest you or not.

About Gerry Jones. Page 2.
The missing Songs. Page 4.
Introduction to this book. Page 7.
In My Liverpool Home. Page 10.
Peter McGovern. Page 13.
The World in One City. Page 14.
Song of the Liver Birds. Page 16.
The Liver Birds' designer. Page 17.
Johnny Todd. Page 18.
The Leaving of Liverpool. Page 20.
Liverpool Ladies. Page 22.
Liverpool Lullaby. Page 24.
Maggie May. Page 26.
Seth Davy (Whisky on a Sunday). Page 28.
Row Bullies, Row! (Liverpool Judies). Page 30.
Whip Jamboree. Page 32.
I wish I was back in Liverpool. Page 34.
The Liverpool Blues. Page 36.
Jacqui and Bridie. Page 38.
Cathedral in our Time. Page 39.
Gerry's Liverpool – 1. Page 40
Rent Collecting in Speke. Page 42.
Back Buchanan Street. Page 44.
My Liverpool. Page 46.
Brian Jacques. Page 47.
Blow the Man Down. Page 48.
The Wallasey Wreckers. Page 50.
Gerry's Liverpool – 2 . Page 53.
Roll, Alabama, Roll. Page 54.
The Liverpool Spinners. Page 56.
The Marco Polo. Page 58.
The Ellan Vannin Tragedy. Page 60.
The Orange and the Green. Page 62.
William Brown. Page 64.
The Liverpool Barrer Boy. Page 66.
The Dreadnaught. Page 68.
Goodbye, Fare Ye Well. Page 70.
The Liver Birds – a poem. Page 72.
Gerry's Liverpool – 3. Page 74.
If you ever go across the Sea . . . to Liverpool. Page 75.
Co-Publisher, John Haines. Page 76.
Some other Liverpool songs. Page 77.
Couldn't Find It? Page 78.
Acknowledgements. Page 79

Links :

Black and white version.
Colour version. Skoobe Books.

PDF download.

Current EBay listing (ends May 26 2012)

If you would like further information, then do either email the principal editor, Gerry Jones, at , or me, John Haines, (the chippy-goer and bottle-returner) -

Thank you.

John Haines

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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 18 May 12 - 07:02 AM

sounds like an interesting project

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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 May 12 - 08:29 AM

Blue clickies:
EBay listing:
Black & white version
Colour version
PDF download

Nigel (clickies a speciality)

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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
Date: 18 May 12 - 11:46 AM

Thanks, Derek, and thanks for the shortened links, Nigel, very helpful.

It was (and still is) an interesting project. We had the advantage of being given the requisite permissions from either rights holders or their families if they had passed on, and the odd publishing company if they held the rights instead. It all came together in a timely fashion. I was more the formatting man, though Gerry helped; Gerry was the history and lyrics and music man (he comes from down my way!), well, he doesn't as it happens, but couldn't resist, although I chimed in with the odd snippet, and we tore our hair out (well, my hair and Gerry's wig) at each other over certain things, but, as ever in the spirit of compromise we got there.


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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
Date: 20 May 12 - 05:47 PM

This sounds like it would bring back some great memories! Are the songs just in dot format, or is there a guitar tab version available too?

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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
Date: 21 May 12 - 03:17 AM

Hello there, Keith,

Unfortunately, there are no current plans to include a separate edition with guitar tabs; the book as is does not lend itself well to also adding these, and as the basic dots, lyrics and chords cover all or at least most bases, we think this will suffice for most people's needs. Maybe in the future, we may consider this, but for now, it is, sadly, not in our plans.


John Haines

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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 27 May 12 - 08:05 AM

Hiya John

Great project, I will make sure I get a copy of this in due course. Gerry's website and CD have been a great help in my own Liverpool folk song project (my Liverpool Folk Song a Week blog) and I look forward to seeing the book. Will there be plans to expand it later when and if Gerry collects extra songs?


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Subject: RE: Liverpool Lyrics Song Book
Date: 28 May 12 - 11:28 AM

Hello, Richard,

Thanks for your kind comments; the governor is doing his kilty thing in London this week, so I'll pass on the link to this post for when he's back. However, nothing is certain either way, but for the moment there are no plans to extend the existing edition, but that can change of course, or maybe there could be a second book instead, but, nothing is concrete right at this minute.




And seeing as I'm here, here is the latest auction on EBay. The first was a sort of combined celebration and sampler / market tester, so we priced it low and the price stayed low! But all auctions for it now on, will have to be priced at cost plus a beer voucher or two. This one is for the black and white edition, not the colour.

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