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Thread #13779   Message #3457775
Posted By: Crane Driver
27-Dec-12 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A Smuggler's Song (Rudyard Kipling)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Smuggler's Song (Rudyard Kipling)
Thanks for the plug, SINSULL

There are indeed some copies of the CD (Characters) still available, and you can hear a sound clip of our version on the website Crane Drivin' Music, which is where you can get the CD too

The tune we use is one commonly encountered in Sussex, apparently written by a schoolteacher from Suffolk to help his pupils learn the poem. We took the rhythm from the trotting of wild ponies on the Gower peninsula

Gower, like Sussex, had a flourishing smuggler trade, and many old stories about the 'gentlemen' and their encounters with the revenue

Whatever the original intention, it makes a good song