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The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?

GUEST,matt milton 31 Mar 17 - 08:22 AM
Keith A of Hertford 31 Mar 17 - 08:27 AM
GUEST,Ray 31 Mar 17 - 08:37 AM
Will Fly 31 Mar 17 - 08:42 AM
Snuffy 31 Mar 17 - 09:10 AM
Dave the Gnome 31 Mar 17 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,Ray 31 Mar 17 - 10:53 AM
GUEST,matt milton 31 Mar 17 - 12:56 PM
Dave the Gnome 31 Mar 17 - 01:19 PM
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Subject: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 08:22 AM

I'm interested in certain references in the (beautiful) song The Lark by Oldham Tinkers.

"then she sang of a meadow by a river of sorts
where 26 men fought a battle in shorts
without effort she to her fair altitude soared
then she dropped like a stone and she whistled the score
screaming "Saddleworth that's not enough!"

That reference to men wearing shorts made me think of football, as did "the score", but 26 men is too many for a football team, right?


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 08:27 AM

Rugby.


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 08:37 AM

Having worked regularly with the Tinkers, 30 odd years ago, I can assure you that it would have been rugby "league". "Union" would be 30.


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: Will Fly
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 08:42 AM

Rugby League indeed!


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: Snuffy
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 09:10 AM

Definitely Rugby League. The 13-a-side game is native to Lancashire and Yorkshire.


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 09:46 AM

At t'Water Sheddin's it used t'be good
To watch 'em feight for t'ball in t'mud
But now the game has changed dust'see
Tha' can't play dirty on TV


(Eddie Wareing is a bum, Eddie Wareing is a bum, E-I-Addi Eddie Wareing is a bum)

DtG


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 10:53 AM

They never spoke very highly of Eddie Waring!


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 12:56 PM

ah right, cheers. rugby's about the only sport I've ever played (had to at schoo, was briefly quite a good full-backl) so I guess I should have known that.


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Subject: RE: The Lark by Oldham Tinkers: meaning of?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 01:19 PM

Was 'schoo' a spelling mistake or a nod to the Tinkers? :-)


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