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Origin: Out Along the East Coast (Chris Rowe)

JohnE 30 Mar 09 - 10:44 AM
nutty 30 Mar 09 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,Jacquedf 30 Mar 09 - 03:20 PM
GUEST 30 Mar 09 - 04:35 PM
Bugsy 31 Mar 09 - 02:32 AM
GUEST 31 Mar 09 - 02:27 PM
nutty 01 Apr 09 - 10:18 AM
Joe Offer 02 Apr 09 - 01:07 AM
JohnE 02 Apr 09 - 10:57 AM
Joe Offer 07 Apr 09 - 09:23 PM
GUEST,Tarncat 07 May 09 - 02:02 PM
GUEST,Ian Clark 04 Feb 11 - 07:11 AM
GUEST 04 Feb 11 - 11:20 AM
stallion 05 Feb 11 - 05:27 AM
Paul Davenport 05 Feb 11 - 04:51 PM
Wolds Wanderer 06 Feb 11 - 05:29 AM
Wolds Wanderer 06 Feb 11 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,thankfulgrandson 17 Feb 11 - 02:53 AM
GUEST,Steamin' Willie 17 Feb 11 - 04:45 AM
GUEST 02 Aug 14 - 07:10 PM
GUEST,Molly Goodwin 29 Mar 15 - 03:57 AM
GUEST,Philip 26 Jul 15 - 12:10 PM
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Subject: All Along the East Coast
From: JohnE
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 10:44 AM

Can anyone help with information about who wrote this song, when, and any more background. First lines:
    All along the East Coast, Breakers sweep the shore,
    Harbour lights are shining,
    And the lighthouse keeper is brightening his lamps once more ... "
I've been singing it for over 30 years since I learnt it from Tony Wood of the Cartwheel Folk Group, and club, in Tideswell, and later Hathersage and Rivelin. It's a great song and I'm surprised not to find it in any website - but maybe I'm using the wrong search terms.


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Subject: RE: All Along the East Coast
From: nutty
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 11:15 AM

I have a friend that sings this song

I'm sure it was written by Bill Newton. Who (I think), used to go to a folk club at Ayton near Scarborough


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Subject: RE: All Along the East Coast
From: GUEST,Jacquedf
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 03:20 PM

Greetings!

Don't think Bill Newton was guilty, but he wrote many fine songs.

Bill Foster, I believe was the culprit on an LP titled 'Along The East Coast' - got the words if anyone would like them.

Ed


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Subject: RE: All Along the East Coast
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 04:35 PM

I believe it was written by Chris Rowe, who sadly passed away a few years ago.


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Subject: ADD: All Along the South Coast (Taylor)
From: Bugsy
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 02:32 AM

Not to be confused with

"All Along The South Coast"


ALL ALONG THE SOUTH COAST
(Jeremy Taylor)

All along the south coast the sea is sort of there.
The sun is sort of shining through a sort of salt-sea air.
There's a sort of "shall we" or "shan't we", a sort of "yes" or "no",
A sort of rolling up of trouser legs and a dipping of the toe.

All along the south coast the day is sort of bright.
At least it's sort of brighter than it sort of is at night,
A sort of "should we" or "could we", a sort of "yes" or "no".
It could be sort of fun. We ought to sort of have a go.

All along the south coast they're turning out the lights.
It's sort of past 11 o'clock; we've sort of seen the sights.
There's a sort of "shall we", "dare we", a sort of groping of the thighs,
A sort of gasp of sort of pleasure, a sort of burst of sort of sighs.

All along the south coast the waves beat on the shore.
They sound, well, sort of different now than they sort of did before.
There's a sort of "did we" or "didn't we", a sort of smoothing down of clothes,
A sort of "better take you home now, do you think it sort of shows?"

All along the south coast we sort of settle down.
It's just as sort of good as any other sort of town.
Only now we're sort of older, we sort of stop at home.
We paint the walls and mow the lawn and leave the world alone.

All along the south coast the sea is sort of there.
The sun is sort of shining through a sort of salt-sea air.
And all along the south coast can still be sort of seen,
A corner of sort of England that's forever sort of green.

By Jeremy Taylor


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: All Along the East Coast
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 02:27 PM

The songs proper title is ''Out along the East Coast''. Might make a difference when searching.
    Please note that anonymous posting is no longer allowed at Mudcat. Use a consistent name [in the 'from' box] when you post, or your messages risk being deleted.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: All Along the East Coast
From: nutty
Date: 01 Apr 09 - 10:18 AM

I spoke to my friend today, who confirmed that the song was by Chris Rowe and Ian Clark. Sorry for the misinformation.


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Subject: RE: lyr/info req: All Along the East Coast
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Apr 09 - 01:07 AM

I have a special interest in lighthouse songs, and all things lighthouse.
Can somebody post the lyrics?
Thanks.
-Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL ALONG THE EAST COAST
From: JohnE
Date: 02 Apr 09 - 10:57 AM

To Joe Offer; The lyrics - as I sing them - are as follows:


ALL ALONG THE EAST COAST
(Tentative songwriter identification: Chris Rowe and Ian Clark)

1. All along the East Coast, breakers sweep the shore,
Harbour lights are shining, and the lighthouse keeper is brightening his lights once more
All along the East Coast, lovers keep the view
And the seabirds tell me that those lovers look a bit like me and a bit like you ...

Chorus; And the sea rushes in, castles crumble and die,
And I walk on the ocean and I talk to the sky.

2. Down the cliffs at Scarborough, on a tram car ride,
Out beyond the harbour there's a red sailed vessel heeling over on its side,
By the fishnet harbour an old sea captain smiles,
Sailing home through smoke-rings down the windswept coast to the shelter of his harbour wall ... Chorus

3. Lies a town at evening, cradled in the bay,
Up behind the headland hangs the firestained sunset curtain of another day,
Cayton Bay to Flamborough, Hornsea round to Spurn,
Stands a whitehorse army, and a lonely coastguard waiting for the tide to turn ... Chorus

4. Along the beach at Aldeborough, across the silent sands,
Runs a springheeled maiden with a seagull's long lost feather waving on her hand,
All along the East Coast, lovers keep the view,
And the seabirds tell me that those lovers look a bit like me and a bit like you ... Chorus

Thanks to all for the info so far. I'll be glad of any corrections/amendments to the lyrics and also to nutty (or anyone else) for any more about the author/s.

John E.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 09:23 PM

Thanks a lot for the lyrics, John. Brings back memories of my visit to Scarborough.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST,Tarncat
Date: 07 May 09 - 02:02 PM

I have a typed sheet with the lyrics to this song plus handwritten guitar chords from when I was at college in Hull 1969-71. My economics tutor was a close friend of Chris Rowe and although I don't remember it, I'm sure I must have seen him perform. The lyrics I have are a little different and it was called Down along the East Coast.

Down along the East Coast, breakers sweep the shore,
Harbour lights are shining, and the lighthouse keeper is turning up his lamp once more
Along the East Coast, lovers keep the view
And the sea birds tell me that the lovers look a bit like me and a bit like you ...

The sea rushes in, castles crumble and die, and I
Walk on the ocean and I talk to the sky.

Down the cliffs at Scarborough, on a tram car ride,
Out across the water there's a red sailed vessel leaning over on its side,
By the fish net harbour an old sea captain smiles,
Sailing home through smoke-rings while the windswept ocean tosses dreams, and all the while …

The sea rushes in, castles crumble and die, and I
Walk on the ocean and I talk to the sky.

Lies a town at evening, cradled in the bay,
Out beyond the headland hangs the final sunset curtain of another day,
Cayton Bay to Flamborough, Hornsea round to Spurn,
Stands a white horse army and a lonely coastguard waiting for the tide to turn, and …

The sea rushes in, castles crumble and die, and I
Walk on the ocean and I talk to the sky.

Lonely beach at Aldborough, down the silent sand,
Speeds a wing-ed maiden with a seagull's long lost feather waving in her hand,
Out along the East Coast, lovers keep the view,
And the seabirds tell me that the lovers look a bit like me and a bit like you ...

The sea rushes in, castles crumble and die, and I
Walk on the ocean and I talk to the sky.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST,Ian Clark
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 07:11 AM

Hi all, Just spotted this thread in a trawl through Google - need to get a life- or better still to get back to writing!
Just to confirm that "Out along the East Coast" was written by Chris Rowe. Your words are pretty well right - except it is "OUT' in the title, the harbour lights are "Smiling" the coast guard is "lonesome" and the winged maiden "spins". It was on our second LP "Patterns of a Journey". Good to know someone else is singing it still. Chris would be delighted. Sadly he died in 2001. It remained one of his favourite - and for my money - one of his best songs. Good luck and keep the music coming!!


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 11:20 AM

Still hear it now and then in the Hull/Beverley/Cottingham area, Ian.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: stallion
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 05:27 AM

Well blow me down, I've never heard it but as a Scarborian wouold love to get to know it, Linda, Hazel, do you know it? Where can I hear it?


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: Paul Davenport
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 04:51 PM

Good to hear from Ian. He gave me some useful guitar lessons once on a long time ago. It only clicked with me recently that his dad was my doctor. Good people.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: Wolds Wanderer
Date: 06 Feb 11 - 05:29 AM


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: Wolds Wanderer
Date: 06 Feb 11 - 05:31 AM

Opps! Hi Stallion, try Youtube, there is a version by Cartwheel posted. Afraid they credit the wrong chap with the song. Regards


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST,thankfulgrandson
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 02:53 AM

having heard this for the first time on tuesday i can only agree that its a brilliant song. the circumstances for hearing it are less than pleasant as it was sung, wonderfully, at my Nan's funeral in Haltemprice. however, it truly encapsulates the 'east coast' and has fond memories for both myself and all of my family. if anyone knows where i can buy a copy then please let me know as i know my mother and aunt would cherish it in the music collections.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 04:45 AM

Well there you go.

I always thought Bob Chiswick had written it. He used to sing it and as he sang mostly his own songs, I had always thought it one of his.

We live & learn.


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Subject: RE: Origin: All Along the East Coast (Rowe, Clark)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 14 - 07:10 PM

Nope, never mine!


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Subject: RE: Origin: Out Along the East Coast (Chris Rowe)
From: GUEST,Molly Goodwin
Date: 29 Mar 15 - 03:57 AM

So good to hear this song is still being sung. I went to hear Ian Clark and Chris Rowe many times in the 1960s and loved their songs. I still have Patterns of a Journey LP. Out along the East Coast is the first track. I was also lucky enough to pick up the EP More Songs for Humberside.


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Subject: RE: Origin: Out Along the East Coast (Chris Rowe)
From: GUEST,Philip
Date: 26 Jul 15 - 12:10 PM

It has been one of my favourite songs for a very long time, my mother used to sing this and the Humber bridge song, sadly she passed away a few days ago. I have been searching the web for 'patterns of a Journey' to play at the wake alongside 'Songs from Humberside' when I found this thread. It is such a shame that the LP's are no longer available, I have 'Songs for Humberside myself and thanks to a mad dash to Hull I now have 'Patterns Of A Journey'. I have uploaded the tracks to Youtube for all to enjoy.


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Subject: RE: Origin: Out Along the East Coast (Chris Rowe)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 15 - 02:48 PM

I too have been singing this (mostly to myself) since I heard in on Radio 2 in about 1975 or 76. Love it. It was years before I found out the correct place names like Flamborough and Cayton Bay.


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Subject: RE: Origin: Out Along the East Coast (Chris Rowe)
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 27 Jul 15 - 01:13 PM

Lovely song. Can anyone help with some chords?


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