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Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)

GUEST,John Siddall 03 Feb 11 - 07:04 PM
GUEST,John Siddall 04 Feb 11 - 08:05 AM
Richard Spencer 04 Feb 11 - 08:17 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST,John Siddall
Date: 03 Feb 11 - 07:04 PM

I am trying to get the words for a song written in the 60s - 70s about the theft of Robin Hoods arrows and bows from his statue that ended up in Jackie Parrels scrap yard in Nottingham
The lyric / chorus was something like

"somebody swiped his arrers - somebody swiped his bow,
Did all his gear that once was here to Jackie Parrels go "

Any help appreciated


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST,John Siddall
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 08:05 AM

Calling all Nottingham Folkies for any Info on this one


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: Richard Spencer
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 08:17 AM

I don't know the song, but my family mythology always condemned my childhood room as resembling Jackie Pownall's scrapyard.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST,John Siddall
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 09:34 AM

from Nottingham Richard ?
Maybe I mishear the name ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST,GuestSG
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 09:38 AM

If I remember correctly, (a miracle in itself), this song, which did refer to "Jackie Pownall's", used to be sung around the Nottingham folk clubs in the mid-seventies by a local singer named Rod Neep. There is a web site for a singer/instrument maker of this name, but with the passing of the years I can't tell if he is one and the same. The origins of the song lie in the fact that every year during the Nottingham University Students "Karnival" it was usual for the students to take the arrow from Robin Hood's statue, located by the walls of the Castle and demand a ransom from the city council for its return. The inference in the song being that if the council were reluctant to pay for the arrow's return it would be sold for scrap. Jackie Pownall was just one member of a well-known local family who dominated the local scrap metal trade.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Pownalls scrap yard
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 02:01 PM

I have emailed the Rod neep shown as an instrument maker as it does look like her was performing in the 60s and 70 s
so fingers crossed if its the right guy

Any further help appreciated


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 03:41 PM

"The Princess, she unveiled him
Exposed him to the town
It didn't take us very long
to strip the bugger down"

:)
Rod


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROBIN HOOD SONG (Dave Turner)
From: RodNeep
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 05:49 PM

OK.... Yes, I used to sing this song in the folk clubs. It was written by Nottingham local Dave Turner, who passed away last year.

In my senior years (OK 66) I couldn't remember the words in full, but I did remember that I had a casette tape from a recording I made for Radio Nottingham in February 1972. I just found the tape, and amazingly it still plays.

ROBIN HOOD SONG
Words by Dave Turner
(Music a sort of version of Leadbelly's "Irene Goodnight")

Chorus:
Somebody's swiped his arrer
Somebody's swiped his bow
Did all his gear what once was here
to Jackie Pownall's go

Well the Princess she unveiled him
Exposed him to the town
It didn't take us very long
To strip poor Robin down.

chorus

Well they put up some fancy searchlights
To guard him while we were in bed
The theives they left the arrers alone
They swiped the lamps instead

chorus

Old Robin was a good shot
At least that's what they said
But it seems he's lost more arrers
Since he has been dead

chorus

Now some of us have got our flick knives
And clubs made out of lead
But some have got bronze arrers
Crammed down their trousers legs

chorus
[One more time for Maid Marion]
chorus.

That's it folks. I am surprised that someone still remembers my singing in the folk clubs!

Cheers
Rod


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: GUEST,John Siddall
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 07:24 PM

Rod you are an absolute star - dont worry age is only a number
Thank you so much for rooting out those old tapes and getting me those lyrics
The song will live again Im sure

Best wishes
John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jackie Parrels scrap yard
From: RodNeep
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 06:33 AM

Please do credit Dave Turner rather than myself.

see:
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/Tributes-comedy-folk-pioneerarticle-322547-details/article.html

and:
http://www.myspace.com/daveturnernottingham

Cheers
Rod


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 02:42 PM

hi, do you happen to know a Barry Leddington AKA Chum from the Nottingham folk circuit?

thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 04:58 PM

Yes, I have met the chap to whom you refer. He appears irregularly with The Higglers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 03:05 PM

thanks for the info !

this guy is my dad but i've only met him once when i was around 25 and i didnt bother getting his number or anything...

Never heard of this group the Higglers, are they still gigging ? I wouldn't mind meeting him again before he dies !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: Ringer
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 10:24 AM

I was at school near Nottingham in the 60s. I never actually saw Dave Turner, but some of my mates did, revered him, and the musical ones passed on some of his songs.

One of which was another song about R Hood, beginning

Robin was a bloke who owned many bows
He kept them all nice and clean
He died in his prime at the age of 99
Of a bad case of eyeball gangrene

And another, on a completely different subject had a line

There's a Dalek and it's mating with my distbin...

Happy days. Sad to hear Dave Turner has died.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: Ringer
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 10:25 AM

Distbin? s/b dustbin, of course. Sorry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: GUEST,ivan the tenable
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 11:51 AM

FAO Dave Sutherland -

just going back to what you said about Chum/Barry gigging with the Higglers, well I found a band called the Higglers online but my mum said she didn't think they're the same Higglers Chum was in as apparently the Higglers he was in were a vocal group with no instruments...

Any ideas ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: alanabit
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 12:15 PM

I saw him play once Ringer. He was a very fine guitarist and he tended to perform long monologues (which were very funny) to guitar accompaniment. The song you quoted from appeared on Fred Wedlock's seventies LP, "Frolics". I can recall a couple of other verses from that song, but I believe that someone has already posted it here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: alanabit
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 12:15 PM

Incidentally, Dave Turner passed away a year or two ago. There was a thread about him here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Song (Dave Turner)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jun 14 - 04:16 AM

H3 turns up in jp Bean's Singing f3om the floor. Did he record anything. Remember the Perils of Percy Pilliwig.


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