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Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)

Stewie 14 Jun 09 - 09:30 PM
Mark Dowding 15 Jun 09 - 03:17 AM
GUEST 15 Jun 09 - 04:01 AM
Stewie 15 Jun 09 - 04:07 AM
GUEST,gazza2 21 Oct 09 - 12:34 AM
GUEST,Gazza2 22 Oct 09 - 11:57 AM
GUEST,Gazza2 23 Oct 09 - 11:08 AM
Dave the Gnome 23 Oct 09 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,Dave Dunkerley 29 Oct 10 - 05:02 PM
GUEST,Boo 06 Sep 14 - 08:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: LAST TRAIN (Stanley Accrington)
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 09:30 PM

LAST TRAIN
(Stanley Accrington)

I can close my eyes sometimes and still smell the smoke
As old Fred the porter slams doors
There's a glance at the clock and a nod to the guard
And the train is in motion once more

Down the Rossendale Valley on a sultry warm day
The clanking of wheels echoes on
But it's all in my mind, when I wake up I find
That the last train from Bacup is gone

I can stand in the car park, remembering old tales
Of a station that's long since pulled down
Of fly-shunted wagons that ran off the rails
Ending up in the centre of town

Now the juggernauts carry what's left of the trade
With the cotton bails piled high upon
And where I worked with me mates is now a housing estate
And the last train from Royton is gone

And at three in the morning when I used to sign on
I lie awake half in a dream
I'm a guard on a special that's bound for the coast
With a 460 getting up steam

We've got packages for printers and pigeons to release
Spare seats after Haywood not one
Now they jump on a plane for a fortnight in Spain
The last train to Fleetwood is gone

And at Measurements Halt the track has been lifted
The platform is all overgrown
There's a willow and scrub where the Delph Donkey ran
And the valley has claimed back its own

In the Saddleworth Hills on a crisp autumn day
A plume of smoke still lingers on
But I'm dreaming out loud, sure it's only a cloud
The last train for Dobcross has gone

Down the Rossendale Valley on a sultry warm day
The clanking of wheels echoes on
But it's all in my mind, when I wake up I find
That the last train from Bacup has gone

Source: transcription from Dave Goulder 'The Golden Days of Steam'

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Goulder)
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 03:17 AM

"Last Train" was written by Stanley Accrington who, in his other life, was the Station Manager at Rochdale in Lancashire. He wrote it after listening to stories from the old railwaymen that he worked with.

If I can give a quick plug to a documentary called "The Lost Days of Steam" which will soon be up on The Music Well site. Chris Harvey Pollington and myself are both interested in railways in one capacity or another and we decided to produce a programme featuring the memories of retired and still working railwaymen giving their thoughts on the state of the railway as they see it. Dave Goulder and Stanley Accrington are two of the people we interviewed along with people that both of us know or were introduced to along the way.
As well as the interviews, the programme features songs written by Dave Goulder, Stanley Accrington, Cyril Tawney, Flanders and Swann and one of our interviewees Paul McKenzie who has written a few songs about his time on the railway.
I'll let you know when it's online.

Cheers
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Goulder)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 04:01 AM

Mark, thanks for that. My apologies for getting the attribution wrong. I should have read the note in the booklet more carefully. As almost all of the songs on the album are by Goulder with 'The Railway Songs of Dave Goulder' as subtitle, I made an erroneous assumption.

I would be good if a Mudelf made the necessary correction if it gets from the forum to the DT.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Goulder)
From: Stewie
Date: 15 Jun 09 - 04:07 AM

My apologies, Joe, for once again failing to notice that my weekly Norton cleanup had swallowed my cookie. The last sentence in my previous post should begin with 'It'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: GUEST,gazza2
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 12:34 AM

Any suggestions on chords for Last Train? Stanley's techniques baffles me when he plays it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: GUEST,Gazza2
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:57 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: GUEST,Gazza2
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 11:08 AM

refresh!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 11:39 AM

I would ask him on Saturday night, Gazza but I am as likely to fall over in a Guinness induced slumber! If you are near the White Lion, Swinton, Manchester, come and ask him yourself or try getting in touch with hime via his website.

Hope this helps

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: GUEST,Dave Dunkerley
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 05:02 PM

Heard this at local Folk Club a couple of weeks ago. Singers diction wasn't brilliant until I heard the words Measurements Halt! My dad, (as you see, the Dunkerley name is local)used to talk of Measurements as the stop he got off for J.P.Hall's, manufacturers of electric motors. We're talking 1929, 1930!He was brought up in Glodwick (who'd have thought it today!). Presumably caught the train from Mumps out to Measurements.
The singer said he used Pachibelli's Cannon as the tune.
Thought you might be interested
Dave Dunkerley, Leconfield Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE113SQ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Train (Stanley Accrington)
From: GUEST,Boo
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 08:54 AM

D G and A.

PS.. It's Heywood not Haywood, and bales not bails.


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