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Origins: Songs of Wapping, London

GUEST,Justin - 18 Feb 2015 21 Feb 15 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,Leadfingers 18 Feb 15 21 Feb 15 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,Jim I (18 Feb 2015) 21 Feb 15 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,iain 19 Feb 2015 21 Feb 15 - 03:08 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble (19 Feb 2015) 21 Feb 15 - 03:09 PM
GUEST,iain 22 Feb 15 - 12:23 PM
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Subject: Origins: Songs of Wapping, London
From: GUEST,Justin - 18 Feb 2015
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 02:46 PM

I enjoy playings songs on the guitar recounting Wapping in London's nautical past when it was a sailors town.
Presently I know of Ratcliffe Highway, Meg of Wapping and The Pilot's of Tiger Bay.
Does anybody know of any others I can add to this collection?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Songs of Wapping, London
From: GUEST,Leadfingers 18 Feb 15
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 02:46 PM

Wapping does get a mention in Ewan MacColl's 'Sweet Thames Flow Softly' - Possibly one of his worst Couplets !

Kissed her once again at Wapping
After that there was no stopping


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Subject: RE: Origins: Songs of Wapping, London
From: GUEST,Jim I (18 Feb 2015)
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 03:07 PM

Probably not what you are looking for but there is a song on one of the Kipper Family discs which I think is called "The Weather in Wapping."

It is sung by a woman but I can't remember her name.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Songs of Wapping, London
From: GUEST,iain 19 Feb 2015
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 03:08 PM

In the Prospect of Whitby on Wapping wall back in the 60's you could hear every rugby song known to man on a friday, saturday night.


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Subject: ADD Version: Ratcliff Highway
From: GUEST,Charley Noble (19 Feb 2015)
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 03:09 PM

Justin-

There are quite a few songs from Ratscliffe Highway. One of my favorites was collected by Cicley Fox Smith and has been folk-processed since by a member of Two Black Sheep and a Stallion:

Adapted by Charlie Ipcar and slightly by modified Peter Outhart from an old broadside.
Tune: " With my swag all on my shoulder" From Paterson's Old Bush Songs, the tune of which is a variant of 'The Boys of Wexford',

Ratcliff Highway

Come all you jolly sail-i-ors
Come listen unto me
Avast a while, I'll make you smile
And tell you of a spree
There's many a craft in Wapping
In flying colours gay
Pirate ships, and fireships,
Along Ratcliff Highway.

Chorus:

So it's mind them fine flash frigates
In their flying colours gay
Or soon they'll clear your lockers out
Along Ratcliff Highway.

Down at the Blue Anchor
A frigate took me in tow
I was tempest toss'd, me cargo lost
I made full sail to go
Then I cruised the Mahogany Bar
And so by the next day
I lay so high and – oh so dry
Along Ratcliff Highway. (CHO)

In the Old Rose and Britannia
Such frigates there at hand
There's crooked Loo and squinty Sue
And bandy Mary Anne
There's skinny Sal the China gal
And flash Maria neat
There's bouncing Nell and brazen Belle
Who's bin through 'arf the fleet

Then in the famed King Billy
That's in New Gravel Lane
There's Jenny Jones, all skin and bones,
And ugly Molly Payne
There's bouncing Bet as black as Jet
With a bustle such a size
And shuffling Annie with her moist lips
And Sukey gravy eyes. (CHO)

Down at the Old Barley Mow
I hailed a frigate tight
Towed her away without delay
And boarded her that night
She took me watch, me money too,
Me clothes without delay;
Two bullies stout, they turned me out
Along Ratcliff highway. (CHO)

So all you jolly sail-i-ors
I'd have you bear in mind
There's pirate sort in every port
And Fireships you'll find
But if you wish to have a spree,
When you're out on the loose,
Get moored all right, so snug and tight
In the Port of Paddy's Goose.

Notes:

No Chorus twixt 3rd and 4th verse I think it works better that way


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Subject: RE: Origins: Songs of Wapping, London
From: GUEST,iain
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 12:23 PM

Wapping old stairs

https://books.google.ie/books?id=0zZYAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA271&lpg=PA271&dq=songs+about+wapping&source=bl&ots=cMUUWleL3d&sig


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