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Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song

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I. C. I. SONG (CHEMICAL WORKERS SONG)


Richard Mellish 26 Jul 17 - 04:24 PM
GUEST,Some bloke 27 Jul 17 - 07:29 AM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 27 Jul 17 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 27 Jul 17 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,Some bloke 29 Jul 17 - 08:51 AM
Steve Lane 22 Aug 17 - 06:23 AM
GUEST,David A 11 Sep 17 - 07:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 26 Jul 17 - 04:24 PM

Verse 1 line 2 is often sung as above but I think I have heard "ammonia fumes" instead of "among the fumes": the former would seem to make better sense. Which did Ron write?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 27 Jul 17 - 07:29 AM

The word spinners is actually spitters, Joe.

Working alongside chemical dust, (similar to when I worked down the pit with coal dust,) you did a lot of spitting. Chewing tobacco often helped keep the mouth wet and prevented some getting to your lungs. Not that tobacco could be generally seen as a public health measure!

Ron Angel was a man I knew from my visits to Stockton Folk Club and having booked the fettlers a few times years ago. A grand man and a grand "say it like it is" song. I include it now in a tribute set I do to honour our old friend Vin Garbutt, who gave the song a worldwide audience.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 27 Jul 17 - 09:08 AM

It's "spinners", I think and this link supports my view.

Equally, I'm fairly sure he lived and breathed among the fumes.

I think I used to have a set of words for this on a broadsheet that I bought at a Teeside Fettlers gig about 40 years ago, but I doubt I could find it now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 27 Jul 17 - 09:54 AM

"worked and breathed among the fumes" - either way nothing to do with ammonia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 29 Jul 17 - 08:51 AM

Personally, I'll stick to the late Ron Angel's word "spitters," mainly on two counts;

1. Ron gave me the words and 2. he wrote the song.

Songs do change and words all the more. I wrote songs almost forty years ago which are sung differently not only by others but even by me. Call it the living tradition if you like, or even call it artistic licence but even the fettlers buggered about with the words of that song now and then.

The use of spitters denotes the dusty working conditions and fits with the rest of the verse, as Ron wrote it. I doubt anyone is precious over the word spinner, but as Joe collects at a library level, my clarification was for his benefit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: Steve Lane
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 06:23 AM

No it is Spinners. Spitters is plain wrong. The line refers to the nylon spinning machines, on the Wilton Site Nylon Works area, that created oily smoke and noise. Ron has excellent diction and you can hear him sing it in any original recording.

Also anything about ammonia is made up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
From: GUEST,David A
Date: 11 Sep 17 - 07:24 AM

I use to work for ICI (in Runcorn rather than Teesside) and would like to learn this song by Ron Angel that I heard sung by The Young 'Uns at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. I've found the lyrics, guitar chords and several audio versions on YouTube including Ron's original: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=t1rOAMxSLVE , but I've only recently taken up singing and to learn the tune well I would prefer to have the melody in sheet music form, which would also make it easier to transpose it into a more comfortable key. Does anyone where I could find/buy it?


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