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Thread #128515   Message #2878022
Posted By: Richard Mellish
02-Apr-10 - 09:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Moses of the Mail (not MacColl)
Subject: Lyr Req: Moses of the Mail (not MacColl)
There are so few British railway songs, in contrast to the abundance of American ones, that Dave Goulder was moved to write some of his own. It seems therefore desirable to make good use of those that do exist.

The song Moses of the Mail as sung by Ewan MacColl is tolerably well known; but there is a more complete version. A friend once sent me a photocopy from the magazine of a railway enthusiasts' society with a considerably longer text. That text was also, I think, more authentic: for example where MacColl sang about "both front fenders" rather than "both injectors".

Unfortunately I have lost the piece of paper, I have no recollection of which society's magazine it was copied from, and I have lost contact with the friend.

Has anyone encountered that fuller version, in print or on a recording?

I haven't heard Harry Boardman's version. Was that the same as MacColl's?