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GUEST 24 Sep 09 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: We went the pretty way
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 11:55 AM

Hello.
I am trying to find the words and tune of a funny song I heard years ago - possibly at Farningham. The lines I remember are " We sailed around the Horn for twelve months and a day. It would have been much quicker, but we went the pretty way." It finished with something like "Next year I'll go beefburgering on the hills of Ilkly Moor".
Can anybody help.
Dave Webb. (Hog Eye Men.)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FISHFINGER SONG (Miles Wootton)
From: Amos
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 11:59 AM

THE FISHFINGER SONG
(Miles Wootton)

Come all ye jolly sail-i-ers, who sail across the sea;
And listen to this story I'm about to tell to thee.
Concerning them bold Fish-iar lads who sail the seas so wet;
A-hunting for fish fingers, with a harpoon and a net.

'Twas in the year of '64, or was it '63?
We set sail from Basingstoke, bound for Amer-i-key.
The storms they was a-ra-ji-ing, and the waves a dreadful sight;
It took us forty days, me boys, to reach the Isle of Wight.

Our Captain's name was Gladys. He wore a dress of red;
Which might have been the reason he was not marr-i-ed.
He was a gay old sea-bitch and it was his fav-our-ite joy,
To take a turn around the deck with the handsome cabin boy.

And then off Iceland's icy shores, a mighty shoal we spied;
Of Froz-i-en Fish Fin-gi-ers, a-waiting to be fried.
With our harpoons at the ready my boys, upon that shoal we burst;
A-las, we was too late me lads, the Japanese had got there first.

Them Nippon lads came at we, they was a terrible crew;
A-brandishing tran-sis-ti-ers, and a-giving it the old Kung-Fu.
We sang them a sea shan-ti-ee, but they did not want to know;
And they slashed away our mizzen mast with one karate blow.

We got back to old Eng-gi-land in a twelve month and a day;
It would have been much quicker, but we went the pretty way.
Take warning all ye sail-i-or lads what sails the sea in ships
Don't ever go fish fing-i-ering, just stick to cod and chips


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: Sooz
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:05 PM

The speed of that reply was amaz-i-ing! Love the song, any chance of a tune?


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:11 PM

You don't need a tune just a few beers LOL


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:14 PM

It would fit Paddy West's", or at least that is the way it sang itself to me.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: Acorn4
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:15 PM

Miles has just released "The Least Worst of Miles Wootton" on CD transferred from the old Vinyl.

mileswootton@btinternet.com

well worth buying the whole Cd as there are some real classics including the song you mention.

Unfortunately he no longer performs his material.


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:16 PM

Yes, thanks Amos. Good song


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:39 PM

no it didnt go to the tune of paddy west originally[which is pretty much tramps and hawkers,well thats the tune i know,but i suppose it could.


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Subject: RE: We went the pretty way
From: Bugsy
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 09:15 PM

The tune is the same as that used on "Streets of Sarajevo" as sung by Roy Bailey.

Cheers

Bugsy


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