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Lyr Req: Sunderland Oak

GUEST,Singer Dave 20 Aug 15 - 01:59 PM
Dave Sutherland 21 Aug 15 - 07:33 AM
Jim Dixon 26 Aug 15 - 09:34 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Sunderland Oak
From: GUEST,Singer Dave
Date: 20 Aug 15 - 01:59 PM

Another request for the lyrics for the above song please.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sunderland Oak
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 21 Aug 15 - 07:33 AM

If I remember correctly this song was specially written for a documentary film (by Philip Donnellan) about the shipbuilding industry which was called Sunderland Oak and made in the early sixties. Google Sunderland Oak and there are a few results including Johnny Handel, who I believe wrote the song, performing it on Northumbrian Anthology.

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Subject: Lyr Add: SUNDERLAND OAK
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 09:34 AM

Here's my transcription from Spotify. I decided not to try to represent the dialect with spelling (except where it's necessary for the rhyme).

As recorded by The High Level Ranters and Johnny Handle on "Tall Ships, Rivers and Sea" (2005)

As ships were wood way back in the past,
When sails made clipper ships go fast,
And oak was wood to make them last,
They'd fields of Sunderland oak, my boys,
Fields of Sunderland oak.

Now frames and beams and plates are steel,
But we're still the lads to lay the keel,
For we can do it just as weel
As when we had Sunderland oak, my boys,
When we had Sunderland oak.

Platers and shipwrights, riveters, too—
The welders are a lively crew,
For the lads all know just what to do
When workin' Sunderland oak, my boys,
Workin' Sunderland oak.

Cokers, blacksmiths, and up in the sky,
The crane men lift the plates up high,
Or wave to invoke the reason why,
Since the days of Sunderland oak, my boys,
Days of Sunderland oak.

Now muscles is useful, lads; that's plain,
To stop the plates from gang the main,
And to some that's better at brawn than brain,
They're strong as Sunderland oak, my boys,
Strong as Sunderland oak.

Now buildin' ships, that is our trade.
Aye, we're the lads that does it,
And this is where the ships are made.
There's never a job above it.

While some work up and some work down,
From lofty cranes right to the ground,
We're up to date, but we're just as sound
As when we had Sunderland oak, my boys,
When we had Sunderland oak—
As when we had Sunderland oak, my boys,
When we had Sunderland oak.

[The same recording is also on "Canny Aad Sunderland: Sunderland Songs – The Northumbria Anthology" (2002), but there the artists are identified as Collin Ross & Johnny Handle. All I can hear are one voice and an accordion.]

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