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Cats Song Chain (184* d) RE: Song Chain 09 Jan 12

Egloshayle Ringers because it is another of the Cornish Bell ringing Songs. Egloshayle is just off the Bodmin road on the way in to Wadebridge. The church is on the right and the ringers are buried in the church yard.
When I first moved in to Callington [of the previous song] I went on a tour of the town which ended up in St Mary's church. The guide explained there was a lost song about the bell ringing competition held for Queen Victoria's diamond Jubilee but no one knew what had happened to it. So, I stood in the bell tower and sang it!

Come all you jolly ringers and listen to my tale,
I'll tell you of five ringers bold that lived in Egloshayle.
By ring or ray, by night and day, none with them could compare
The fame of these five ringers bold was a true delight to hear.

Chorus (after each verse):
Lanlivery men, St. Tudy men, St. Mabyn and St. Kew,
But these five boys from Egloshayle could all the rest out-do.
There was Craddock the cordwainer, he rang the treble bell.
John Ellery was the second man and few could him excel.
The third was Pollard the carpenter, the fourth was Thomas Cleeve,
And Goodfellow the tenor man he rang them round so brave.

Now Craddock was the captain, he stepped along with his toe
And casting of his eye about he commanded them where to go.
They rang so brave with courage bold; it did their hearts revive
Sweet music then was quickly heard with a one, two, three, four, five.

They went down to Lanlivery and took away the prize,
They went up to St. Tudy and they've done the same likewise.
There's Stratton men, St. Mabyn men, St. Issey and St. Kew,
But these five boys from Egloshayle could all the rest out-do.

With this little core they ran so sure, no changes did they fear,
No man did ever lose his turn, 'twas a joy to see and hear.
And people all for miles around did tell o'er hill and vale
The tale of these five ringers bold that lived in Egloshayle.

Now to conclude this merry tale, the ringers' health I'll join.
Stand every man and pass the flask and drink their health in wine.
So here's to Craddock, Ellery, and here's to Thomas Cleeve,
To Pollard and to Goodfellow who rang them round so brave

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