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Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester

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Subject: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 05:17 PM

For more years than I care to remember, when I lived in Manchester (England) there was a song that went:"Take me back to Manchester where its raining, I want to wash my feet in Albert Square."

Can anyone help with the words?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Zebedee
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 05:42 PM

Martin,

I've lived in Manchester for many years, and have a fondness for the city that many wouldn't understand, but have never heard of this song.

None of my usual web search strategies have come up anything.

Do you have any more information to help us...? When you heard it, who sang it, what 'genre' the singer/song was, anything really...

It sounds like a song worth finding.

Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 06:04 PM

It was during the mid sixties and seemed to be current among some friends. I can only hope that someone else might be able to help.

The tune was fairly simple music hall style.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Zebedee
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 06:45 PM

I'll admit to be totally flummoxed, at least in terms of what I can find on the net.

If you get no joy from others, I'll hassle the librarians in the 'Local Studies Unit' at Central Library.

It might take a while before I have time to do that, so joining Mudcat and sending me a personal message might be helpful.

Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 06:56 PM

I didn't find anything either, and if Ed, Malcolm or I can't find it, (well, add Dale and Gene, too) it ususally is not on the web. I even tried the Manchester Soccer Team home page thinking it might be there, as a sort of anthem, but it's not.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 08:37 PM

I'm afraid I'm baffled, too, but will keep looking.  It certainly rains whenever I'm in Manchester, of course.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 03:16 AM

I've remembered the first lines of the verse which goes something like this:

Take me back to Manchester where it's raining
I want to wash my feet in Albert Square
I'm all agog, for a good thick fog
I'm only really happy when it's raining cats and dogs
I want to wash my feet in the Irwell
.........................

I think it was probably one of those little ditties which people made up their own verses

I doubt very much if it was ever written down so I'll have to rely on people's memeories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Llanfair
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 04:56 AM

I've never heard of this one, either, and if it's talking about the fog, then it's pre-clean air laws.
Sorcha, just the one soccer team?
Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Snuffy
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 07:10 AM

It sounds like the sort of thing Five Penny Piece might have done. Try putting them in a search engine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Brakn
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 07:22 AM

Never heard of it, but would like to.

Anybody know "The Collyhurst Road"? Another Manchester one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 11:41 AM

Born there, lived there or in the area for 27 years before coming to Canada. Never heard of it. Never heard the Collyhurst one either and I'm from Newton Heath, even had relatives in Collyhurst, right next to the Railway Coal Yard. JohnB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Martin Rich
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 03:41 PM

Some research has revealed at least the first verse. Now all I need are some more verses. Any offers?? Yes the folk process goes on.

Take me back to Manchester where it's raining I want to wash my feet in Albert Square I'm all agog for a good thick fog I'm only really happy when it's raining cats and dogs

I want to smell the odour of the Irwell And see the sun go down in ??????? Take me, take me, take me back to Man-ches-ter Yes Sunny Manchester!

Any suggestions for line six?

The tune was very similar to "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner"

Thanks for all the replies so far


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Noreen
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 05:37 PM

Never heard it... sounds fun.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 09:35 PM

Hi team!

I was looking for the lyrics of this song myself. Some version of it is sung jointly by the "heroine" and "(anti)-hero toward the end of a Mike Leigh film released about 1994. But I can't recall the name of the film.

Not from Manchester, but I liked the film and the song. ML doesn't produce that many films, and the one in question should be readily identifiable from its dust jacket "Toubled young man from Manchester goes down to London to visit his old friends who have become London yuppies (more or less). Chaos ensues . . .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jan 02 - 06:01 AM

GUEST: The film you describe is probably Naked. Unfortunately, the sound track listing given at IMDb doesn't name any songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Harry Basnett
Date: 07 Jan 02 - 01:24 PM

Vaguely reminiscent of a song of Mike Canavans...
The chorus started with...

I belong to Manchester city
Where the air is gritty
The starlings cough....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Apr 07 - 10:42 AM

From this transcript of the movie:
http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/n/naked-script-transcript-mike-leigh.html


* Take me back to Manchester *
* When it's raining *
* I want to wet me feet *
* In Albert Square *
* I'm all agog *
* For a good, thick fog *   
* I don't like the sun *
* I like it raining cats and dogs *
* I want to smell the odors *
* Of the Irwell *
* I want to feel the soot get in me hair *
* Oh, I don't want to roam *
* I want to get back home *
* To rainy Manchester **


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: guitarag
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 01:59 AM

David Thewlis and Leslie Sharp sing it in the Mike Leigh film "naked"

Take me back to Manchester when it's raining
I want to wash my feet in Albert Square
I'm all agog for a good thick fog
I don't like the sun I like it raining cats and dogs
I want to smell the odours of the Irwell
I want to feel the soot get in me hair
Oh I don't want to roam I want to get back home
To Rainy Manchester

lovely


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 04:05 AM

Well done lovely! Maybe it just needs a verses. Maybe Big Bad Bill from Burnage or Mark from Chorlton could flesh it out?

I would just like to challenge a few stereotypes here! It doesn't, and it hasn't, always rained here. I was on Deansgate last night at 9. 00 O'Clock it was dry and young women were walking about in short skirts and bare shoulders.

The wine bars overflow the pavements and we sunbathe in January

Probably

L in C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 05:14 AM

Keep taking the tablets, Les!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 05:31 AM

Les In Chorlton wrote: "It doesn't, and it hasn't, always rained here".

I didn't realise you worked for the Tourist Board, Les.

"young women were walking about in short skirts and bare shoulders"

In Deansgate? Perhaps they'd been moved on from their patch behind Piccadilly Station?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 06:16 AM

Looking East from our back bedroom window - clear blue skies!

As for Tourist Board I would be dead chuffed to.

As for bare skin - if you don't believe me go and have a look the streets are awash with such as they go from pub to club. I guess cloakrooms went out with cloaks!

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 07:11 AM

Les in Chorlton wrote: Looking East from our back bedroom window - clear blue skies!

Clear blue skies? My part of Manchester, at 12.05, it's grey in every direction I can see.

You want to get in touch with the Tourist Board, Les. They might pay per message or something!

Slight drift about the Manchester Tourist Board: why on earth is it next to Central Library/Town Hall? You need to know your way around Manchester to find the Tourist Office in the first place. It would make more sense to have it somewhere like Piccadilly surely?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:02 AM

Ok, grey moving in, blue gone, slight smattering of snow BUT........... no rain and it's still blue behind the clouds!

Good point wyrdolafr, but it does face one of Manchester's most important sites: Peter's Field - the probable site of "The Peterloo Massacre.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:09 AM

GUEST Martin Rich places this song as popular in Manchester in the 60's. It surfaces in a MIke Leigh film in the 90's. So, how come no other memories of it, either in the 60's or the intervening years? Was it used in a show, and then forgotten?
I was in the region from the late 60's on, and I have no recollection of this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:20 AM

Perhaps it was connected with that ........ "if you remember the 60s you weren't there" business? I don't remember much about the 60s, I was at nightschool.

Greg, when will you be touring the new album and what will you put on your backstage slate?
Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 09:15 AM

"Slight drift about the Manchester Tourist Board: why on earth is it next to Central Library/Town Hall? You need to know your way around Manchester to find the Tourist Office in the first place. It would make more sense to have it somewhere like Piccadilly surely?"

Have you tried to find Piccadilly recently? I suspect that train drivers find it difficult - but by car it's practically impossible!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 09:39 AM

Les in Chorlton wrote: "Good point wyrdolafr, but it does face one of Manchester's most important sites: Peter's Field - the probable site of "The Peterloo Massacre".

Doesn't the Tourist office face the other way, back toward Piccadilly rather than Peter's Field? Important to some, obviously not important to the likes of the Manchester council - look at the hassle regarding the plaque - or even Local Education Authorities - I don't know of anyone that was actually taught about this at school.

I started doing a sewing piece about Peterloo last year. I'm going to have to get around to finishing it.


Guest, Shimrod wrote: "Have you tried to find Piccadilly recently?"

I last found it on Thursday. Although, admittedly, it was were I last left it.

I suspect that train drivers find it difficult - but by car it's practically impossible!

Yet, buses, trains, trams and coaches take you straight to Piccadilly!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 01:47 PM

It's gone dark now


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:04 PM

Yes, it has, Les. Not before we had a nice mix of sleet and snow though. Even when it's snowing it's bloody raining!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:08 PM

Well, do you live up the hills a bit? It snowed with great delicacy in town today - an added delight to Chinese New Year.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:57 PM

Les, I'm nearer the bottom of t'hills thant' town.

If my windows faced the other way, this is pretty much what I'd see. Although, a lot less bus station and a little more Pennines. Hardly the Highlands or the Rockies but probably just enough to add more than a little dampness.

My ancestors lived in Flash and Wincle (3 Shires Head area) for hundreds of years though, and that is pretty high up. And cold and wet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 05:03 PM

So my mate, where is that then? And I'll tell you when I first went to Wincle!

Les


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 05:36 PM

Wyrdo,

Have you tried driving to Piccadilly station from, say, Swinton or Rochdale or Wilmslow? It's OK if you know the route - but try it from an unfamiliar direction - in the rush hour - it's horrible and not at all obvious.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: wyrdolafr
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 06:19 PM

Les in Chorlton wrote: "So my mate, where is that then? And I'll tell you when I first went to Wincle!"

I'm confused (it's easily done) as to which place you mean when you say "that" and "when I first went to Wincle" sounds like some thing Cecil Sharp didn't think was important enough to collect!

The picture above, the town where I live, is of Ashton-under-Lyne looking at the nearby Pennines. Flash and Wincle are tiny places a stones throw apart in the 3 Shires area where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire meet. Flash holds a (contentious) title of the highest village in Great Britain and the weather in Flash, Wincle and Wildboarclough can be pretty grim.

For what it's worth, the highest part of that area is also named after one of my paternal ancestors.



Guest,Shimrod wrote "Have you tried driving to Piccadilly station from, say, Swinton or Rochdale or Wilmslow? It's OK if you know the route - but try it from an unfamiliar direction - in the rush hour - it's horrible and not at all obvious".

You could have stopped at "have you tried driving...?" as I don't drive! However, as I said before trains, trams, buses and coaches all terminate at Piccadilly. I think Manchester suffers from 'big city' syndrome in that respect: the road system hasn't really been able to grow as the size of the city did. Shit road signs are probably an issue too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 03:07 PM

That and the one-way system that leads the driver away from anywhere that any reasonable person would want to go!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take me back to Manchester
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 11 - 01:31 PM

Go to Youtube. Naked is on there. Watch part 11. From 2 mins 30... enjoy. x

In fact:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z0EQ4RtJVM&feature=related

A Manc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 09:26 PM

take me back to manchester, i want to feel my feet on albert square... yeh i know it.. erm....   i want to smell the odor of the irwell.... i prefer it when its raining cats and dogs... take me home to manchester... are some of the lines


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester
From: GUEST,Anna Hunter
Date: 28 Dec 16 - 06:47 PM

If anyone still cares.
The Song was Written by my Grandpa John Hunter for a school play at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield. Mike Leigh heard it through one of his friends in the boys brigade (If memory serves me correctly they used to sing it on coach trips) My Grandpa wrote to Mike Leigh and told him that he' wrote it. He turned down money for it but in later versions of the end credits my Grandpa's name appears as a writing credit for the song.
My Dad has a recording of him singing it somewhere but I'm fairly sure it's on a cassette buried in a box.
All the best
Anna


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester
From: Brakn
Date: 28 Dec 16 - 07:30 PM

Thank you Anna.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 28 Dec 16 - 09:24 PM

Anna, remember mudcat when that tape surfaces.



John Hunter
Stand Grammar 1974-1984
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/old-boy-at-new-park-1-162605 

mentioned again here
http://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Trinity_Report_2014.pdf 

> JOHN HUNTER (Scholar 1945)



~~~~~~~~~~~~
The song from Mike Leigh 's "Naked" is currently on SoundCloud
Listen to Mike Leigh Naked(1993)- Take Me Back To Manchester When It's Raining by Eslam Fekry #np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/eslam-fekry/mike-leigh-naked1993-take-me-back-to-manchester-when-its-raining 


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Me Back to Manchester
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Anna what a great post. Having originally heard it in the film years back I sing this song at night to my 5 year old son whenever he's stressed about something and he loves it!


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