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Lyr Req: Gillver

GUEST,Singerdave 06 Dec 17 - 10:41 AM
Jim Dixon 06 Dec 17 - 08:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Gilliver
From: GUEST,Singerdave
Date: 06 Dec 17 - 10:41 AM

Can anyone provide the chords and lyrics please for the song'Gilliver' by Roger Watson.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gillver
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 17 - 08:48 PM

According to Wild Goose Studios the song GILLIVER (words: Roger Watson; tune: Colin Cater) appears on Roger Watson's album "Past and Present"

From the liner notes:
My late grandfather, Joseph Clarke, left school in 1902 at the age of 12, and like most of his generation, entered the main industry in his Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border community: coal mining. His first job was as a 'ganger', the local term for a pit pony driver, and this song, written in 1965, tells a story he told me, using, as far as possible, his own words.
It's also on a various-artists album titled "Generosity - Folk for MS." That website provided a 40-second sound sample, from which I transcribed this:

Come gather round, you ganger lads, wherever you may be,
And rest yourselves a little while and listen unto me.
I'll tell to you a story, and ev'ry word is true,
Of Gilliver, the finest horse a ganger ever knew.

I couldn't find a complete recording online, so that's the best I can do.

It's also performed by Bryony on their album "Last of the Great Whales" (1986) but that might be out of print.

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