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Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns

Felipa 14 Nov 21 - 02:45 PM
Felipa 14 Nov 21 - 02:52 PM
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GUEST,henryp 15 Nov 21 - 06:30 AM
Nigel Parsons 15 Nov 21 - 10:30 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: Felipa
Date: 14 Nov 21 - 02:45 PM

see https://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?lang=en&id=57690

"Told through the words of 16 year-old Stockton-born Johnny Longstaff who was one of an estimated 100,000 people who defied the police to stand in solidarity with the Jewish people of London’s East End, blocking the route of a British Union of Fascists march on October 4, 1936."

and https://theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff

https://www.theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff/app

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/feb/16/the-ballad-of-johnny-longstaff-review-younguns-northern-stage


CABLE STREET

On the fourth of October, 1936, I was only a lad of 16
But I stood beside men who were threescore and ten and every age in between
We were dockers, and teachers, busmen, engineers, and boys with no jobs to do
We were women and children, equal in union, Atheists, Christians, and Jews
And we had so much to lose.

For with Hitler in Germany, Franco in Spain, we knew what fascism meant
So when Mosley came tramps in, denouncing the Jews, to the east end of London we went
For I’d heard much refugees who’d fled over the seas, Germans, Italians, and Jews
And I knew their despair for what they’d seen there, and I couldn’t let them be abused
We had so much to lose.

Now, 3,000 fascists, their uniforms black, had set out to march on that day
And 6,000 policemen intended to greet them, by making clear the way
But we were there ready, and nerves they were steady, 100,000 en masse,
And we planted our feet along Cable Street, and we sang, ‘they shall not pass!’
We sang, ‘they shall not pass!’

Then all us young lads, we were sent to the side streets, to stop the police breaking through
And with swift hands we made strong barricades out of anything we could use
And they came to charge us, but they couldn’t budge us, with fists, batons, and hooves
With as good as we got, we withstood the lot, for we would not be moved,
We would not be moved.

And yes, there was violence, and yes, there was blood, and I saw things a lad shouldn’t see
But I’ll not regret the day I stood, and London stood with me
And when the news spread the day had been won, and Mosley was limping away
There were shouts, there were cheers, there was songs, there was tears, and aye, they’re borne to this day
And we all swore then, we’d stand up again, for as long as our legs could,
And that when we were gone, our daughters and sons would stand where we stood

Was the first time I’d heard two tiny words said by every woman and man
Now I’ll say them still, and I always will: No pasarán!
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Song composed and sung by The Young'uns as one of a series of songs about Johnny Longstaff, who went on to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG-w_ZCwOio

Sing United on Remembrance Sunday 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkL94ZInmO8


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: Felipa
Date: 14 Nov 21 - 02:52 PM

Another song about the battle of Cable Street is The Ghosts of Cable Street recorded by The Men They Couldn't Hang (link to youtube)

in the Digital Tradition database https://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=9658


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: Felipa
Date: 14 Nov 21 - 02:59 PM

Johnny's son Duncan Longstaff posted on Mudcat in the past https://mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=2902618


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 06:30 AM

See also BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Series 18: 3. Alex Scott
First shown 26 Oct 2021. Available for 11 months.

Presenter and former footballer Alex Scott delves into both sides of her family history.
Having known nothing of her Jewish ancestry on her mum’s side, Alex is proud to discover
that her great grandad was at the Battle of Cable Street in London’s East End in 1936,
facing down fascist followers of Oswald Mosley.

As the programme makes clear, the battle was with the police who wanted to clear the route for the Mosley procession.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 10:30 AM

Thanks for this.
I wasn't aware of the happenings in the East End until reading this and the links.
I only opened the thread because I recognised 'Cable Street' as a police house for the City Watch in Pratchett's Discworld series. I know he picked references from all over, so it's good to see the origin of this one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 11:43 AM

I went to school with the son of a Jewish Chemist, who battled in Cable Street. He was a fine man, as is his family. I'm still in touch with my friend.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 12:22 PM

The Young 'Uns recent theatre presentation of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff was brilliant - we saw it at York Theatre Royal. If it tours again and comes anywhere near you do go to see it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cable Street (London 1936) The Young'uns
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 22 Nov 21 - 02:02 PM

Monday 22 Nov 2021 7.30pm BBC2 Great British Railway Journeys Series 11 Episode 12 Limehouse to Rochford

Michael Portillo alights at Limehouse in east London for Cable Street, which became the focus of Britain's fight against fascism in the 1930s.


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