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Stewie Lyr Req: Settle to Carlisle Railway (Mike Donald) (24) Lyr Add: SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY^^ 21 Mar 00

This is a song about the last railway to be built 'by muscle and blood' in the UK. I would appreciate any help that people can give re the names in brackets - confirm or correct. Any assistance at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Stewie.

(Mike Donald)

In the year of '69 they planned to run a train
From Settle to Carlisle across the mountain range
They employed 3000 navvies to build this mighty road
Across the fells through (Appleby) that old steam engine rolled

And it's up in the morning, lads
In wind, snow or hail
Hold fast your hammers, lads
And lay another rail

It's 72 miles from Settle to Carlisle
Across the roughest country in the British Isles
They said it would take 4 years, but it took up nearer seven
And the first 20 miles it sent 400 men to heaven

Repeat chorus

They set up shanty towns to protect them from the cold
(Incaman), Sebastopol and (Batty White Hold)
And when they tired of women and the drinking of strong beer
They fought bare-fist style and they came from far and near

Repeat chorus

Now when the winter came, it froze them to the floor
It blew them off the viaducts and killed them on (Blee Moor)
Some died of the smallpox, some of cholera
(Chapel) and (St Leonards) have many buried there

Repeat chorus

Now if you ride this famous line across the heathered fells
When crossing (Ribblehead) viaduct remember the tale I tell
There's (Mallis), (Stangays), (Gill) and (Dent Gales) lovely wilds
And navvy lads a-slavin' from Settle to Carlisle

Repeat chorus

Source: Terry Howarth, Ray Downes, Linda and Paul Adams on Various Artists 'The Best of BBC Radio Carlisle's "Folk Workshop"' Fellside LP FE002.

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