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Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)

nickjones@ukmax.com 15 Oct 99 - 03:39 PM
MMario 15 Oct 99 - 03:44 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Feb 11 - 01:41 AM
VirginiaTam 23 Feb 11 - 02:45 AM
My guru always said 23 Feb 11 - 02:46 AM
Rob Naylor 23 Feb 11 - 05:15 AM
Rob Naylor 23 Feb 11 - 05:16 AM
Rob Naylor 23 Feb 11 - 05:45 AM
Mr Red 23 Feb 11 - 10:55 AM
Rob Naylor 23 Feb 11 - 11:27 AM
GUEST,Michael Bunney 29 Sep 11 - 03:52 PM
GUEST,synbyn 08 Sep 13 - 09:48 AM
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Subject: Words & Tune req.
From: nickjones@ukmax.com
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 03:39 PM

I've been after this for some time but no one seems to know it.............

.............out Faversham way.......likewise the Medway.....and the ......that surround England's garden......

I think it's popular down Sussex/Kent way (obviously!) can anyone out there help?

Mail to me rather than group

Thanks Nick Jones


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Subject: RE: Words & Tune req.
From: MMario
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 03:44 PM

or if it's public domain -- mail to both! *grin*


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 01:41 AM

Refreshing an old thread here.

Lyrics have been posted in another thread called "What are they singing in English pubs?" here:

MAN OF KENT by Bob Kenward.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 02:45 AM

Bob is on Mudcat as Synbyn. I'd advise contacting him, Nick. You can PM him by clicking on the little PM beside his name in this link.

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=133091#3015578


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 02:46 AM

Thanks Jim, you do so much behind the scenes!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 05:15 AM

Jim D ixon Refreshing an old thread here.

Lyrics have been posted in another thread called "What are they singing in English pubs?" here:

MAN OF KENT by Bob Kenward.


When I posted that I'd just learned the song from Stuart Pendrill, who messed with the words a bit...

The correct (kenward-penned) words are:

"welcoming white cliffs of Dover" should be "welcoming sea cliffs of Dover"

and ""celebrater wilow on leather" should be "celebrate willow and weather"

Bob deliberately DIDN'T use "white" and "leather" as he felt these were too cliched.

So sorry for the slight mistakes in the other post.

Rob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 05:16 AM

And sorry also for the typos above :-)


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAN OF KENT (Bob Kenward)
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 05:45 AM

STILL cocked it up....there are a couple of tother changes Stuart made that I didn't correct. Here's the DEFINITIVE, Kenward-approved version:

MAN OF KENT by Bob Kenward

The farmer will tell of the field and the tree
For the good soil of Kent's known all over
And the traveller returning is gladdened to see
The welcoming sea cliffs of Dover

And the hops on the bine out Faversham way
And the apples in fruit around Marden
Here's health to the Darent likewise the Medway
And the Downs that surround England's garden

The Canterb'ry pilgrims once paused on their way
Beneath forest shade where they rested
Now the plough and the harvester work all the day
Where the wind blows the grass around Yalstead

Chorus

Now Maidstone's a market that's held in esteem
Where the cattle and crops are worth selling
And Faversham's brewers produce Shepherd Neame
Bringing many a tale to the telling

Chorus

It's the Medway distinguishes we Men of Kent
From the Kentish Men west of the river
But we'll meet at St Lawrence, the Nevill or Mote
To celebrate willow and weather

Chorus

There's hundreds of houses surrounding the green
But the beauty of Kent is not waning
There's still Romney Mash and old Tenterden Town
The oasts and the downland remaining

Chorus (x2)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: Mr Red
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 10:55 AM

Now - has anyone got a mnemonic for remembering which is which?

Man of Kent

Kentish Man.

and do they sing -- "I did it Medway..........."?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 11:27 AM

It's in the song:

It's the Medway distinguishes we Men of Kent
From the Kentish Men west of the river


Just remember "Kentish Men west of the river"

But then when the Medway runs E-W just east of Tonbridge I guess you have to do it by extension...what was the East bank now becomes the south bank, so the Men of Kent are south of the river in that section.

I just remember that the nearer to London or Sussex you are, you're only Kent-ish, rather than being the "real thing", which extends right up to the Kent coast. Stick the river in and straight away you know where the limits are.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: GUEST,Michael Bunney
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 03:52 PM

Bob, I'm not sure if I have already contacted you on this one but I'm trying to track down the words of a song I heard 50 years ago with chorus which went:

So let's drink a toast to the windmill and the oast
And the rolling Kentish Weald
To the farmers and their crops
To the cherry trees and hops
And the good brown ale they yield
The sailors and the fishermen
The miners and their trades
And most of all God Bless them, the bonnie Kentish maids.

Can you shed any light on this?

Michael - Man of Kent!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Man of Kent (Bob Kenward)
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 08 Sep 13 - 09:48 AM

Just got to this, Michael- sounds a most interesting song, I've not come across it... there's one which is quoted by Richard Church in The Little Kingdom, I think, for which I've been given a tune which is quite medieval/classical too...


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