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GUEST,Keith Hudson 12 Jul 02 - 05:29 AM
GUEST,Ritchie 12 Jul 02 - 08:08 AM
Noreen 12 Jul 02 - 06:31 PM
katlaughing 13 Jul 02 - 12:23 AM
A Wandering Minstrel 13 Jul 02 - 03:34 PM
C-flat 13 Jul 02 - 09:06 PM
GUEST,NSC = Geprge Henderson 14 Jul 02 - 06:58 PM
Nigel Parsons 14 Jul 02 - 09:04 PM
C-flat 14 Jul 02 - 09:05 PM
C-flat 14 Jul 02 - 09:11 PM
GUEST,Keith Hudson 15 Jul 02 - 01:30 AM
Hrothgar 15 Jul 02 - 08:17 AM
GUEST,NSC George Henderson 15 Jul 02 - 08:50 AM
GUEST,Jim Davis 28 Apr 10 - 10:32 PM
alex s 29 Apr 10 - 07:09 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 29 Apr 10 - 08:01 AM
Dave Sutherland 29 Apr 10 - 08:14 AM
alex s 29 Apr 10 - 09:02 AM
Lady Nancy 30 Apr 10 - 03:39 AM
GUEST,HughM 30 Apr 10 - 08:08 AM
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Subject: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Keith Hudson
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 05:29 AM

Being a Geordie I hold our own National Anthem very dear and am proud to be one of the few of our breed who actually know all the words. I do have a blind spot as regards to the 4th verse and looked the song up on the site to remind myself. Imagine my horror when I not only found that the order of the 5th and 4th verses had been reversed but it read....

"We flew across the Tyne Bridge and into Blaydon toon" a geographical impossibility even given the new western by-pass which wasn't there in 1862.

Paradise is on Scotswood Road about a mile before the place the old "Chiney Bridge" or Chain Bridge used to stand until the 1960's.

There used to be in excess of 200 pubs in a three mile stretch of Scotswood Road including The Cushy Butterfield, The Forge Hammer, The Crooked Billet, The Gun, The Moulders' Arms, The Hydraulic Crane, The Truss (Deleval Arms) and the Robin Adair. These are the ones I actually drank in in the 70's and none of which are left now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Ritchie
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 08:08 AM

Keith, It's worse when you're at the match and everyone starts singing the 1st verse and chorus and they manage to get it wrong ...oh the youth of today !

regards Ritchie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Noreen
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 06:31 PM

Keith, will you post the 'correct' words then, please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 12:23 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 03:34 PM

You are right Keith, it should be the Chain bridge

We flew across the chain bridge and into Blaydon toon
The Bellman he was callin thor they caals him Jacky Broon
I saw him taalkin te some chaps and them he was porsuading
To gan to see Geordie Ridleys show in the Mechanics Hall at Blaydon

I think the Mechanics Institute is still standing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: C-flat
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 09:06 PM

'Twas on the 9th of June
Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two
On a summer's afternoon
I took the bus from Balmbras
And she was heavy laden
Away we went along Collingwood Street
To see the Blaydon races

Chorus:Oh me lads, you should have seen us gannin
Passing the folks along the road
And all of them were starin'
All the lads and lasses there
They all had smilin' faces
Gannin' along the Scotswood Road
To see the Blaydon races

We flew past Armstrongs factory
And up the Robin Adair
But gannin'ower the railway bridge
The bus wheel flew off there
The lasses lost their crinolenes
And veils that hide their faces
I got two black eyes and a broken nose
In gannin' to Blaydon races

CHORUS

Now when we got the wheel back on
Away we went again
But them that had their noses broke
They went back ower hame(home)
Some went to the dispensary
And some to Dr. Gibbs
And some to the infirmary
To mend their broken ribs

CHORUS

We flew across the Chain Bridge
Reet into Blaydon Toon
The barman he was callin' then
They called him Jackie Broon
I saw him talkin' to some chaps
And them he was persuadin'
To gan and see Geordie Ridleys show
At the mechanics Hall in Blaydon

CHORUS

Now when we got to Paradise
There were bonny games begun
There were four and twenty on the bus
And how we danced and sung
They called on me to sing a song
So I sang 'em "Paddy Fagan"
I danced a jig and swung me twig
The day I went to Blaydon

CHORUS

The rain it poured down all the day
And made the ground quite muddy
Coffee John had a white hat on
The old wife stole a cuddy
There were spice stalls and monkey shows
And old wifes selling ciders
And the chap on the ha'penny roundabout
Sayin' Any more lads for riders?

CHORUS

PHEW!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,NSC = Geprge Henderson
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 06:58 PM

C-Flat

A couple pf small corrections.

a) You missed the 1st line " aa went te Balydon races. 'twas on the 9th o' June"

b) The Geordie word for homw is "Yem" This is a word borrowed from the Norse language.

C) Geordie ridley, who wrote the song, had you verse 5 as verse 4 and vice versa.

d) The barman in your verse 4 should be "the Bell man". He was the man who rang the loud handbell and yelled out the news.

e) Coffey johnny had a white hat on. He yelled "Whe stole the cuddy" (which means "who stole the donkey"

f) Aa danced a jig and tworled me twig (twirled)

g) and finally the last two lines An' the chap with a happenny roondaboot Shootin' noo me lads for riders.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 09:04 PM

Can we have dates and sources, or are all these versions "As Remembered", They don't match with my memories, but I'm Welsh. However, I source it from the "Hackney Scout Song Book" originally published about the time of WW I.

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: C-flat
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 09:05 PM

Thanks for the corrections, I did indeed miss the first line off. As for the other discrepancies, this is how it was taught to me and how I've always heard it sung.
You're correct in saying that "yem" is a Geordie word for home and ,coming from the region myself, one I'm very familiar with. It's also often sounded with the "H" as "Hayem", hence my "hame".
I've looked up the song on a couple of sites and both show verses 4 and 5 as I've posted, Keith Hudson makes the same point in his opening post.
Someone in the dim and distant past, either by design or error, changed it and this version is the one currently in circulation.
Thanks for the input
C-flat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: C-flat
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 09:11 PM

Here's the song again with a few slight variations.
Click here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Keith Hudson
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 01:30 AM

Thanks folks, does this show that pedantry can be constructive.

There's an old, apocryphal story about a Norwedgian ship sailing out of the Tyne and a local on the quayside shouts "Where're ye ganin'"? And the Norwedian Skipper shouts back "Ganin' hyem".

Keith


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Hrothgar
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 08:17 AM

Not wanting to pick a fight, but

"Up BY the 'Robin Adair'"?

...which I think was a public house?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,NSC George Henderson
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 08:50 AM

My version was culled from

TYNESIDE SONGS compiled by C.E. Catcheside-Warrington of Gosforth in 1911

The book is in four volumes and is still available through J. G. Windows, Central Arcade, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The song was written by Geordie Ridley and his show at the Mechanics Hall in Blaydon was supposed to be one of the highlight side show attractions at the 1862 meeting. the song was probably written to get some publicity for the show (concert).

It was indeed written in 1862. Ridley also wrote the words of that other famous Geordie song Cushie Butterfield and set to the air of Pretty Polly Perkins a cockney music hall song. There is no indication of a date for that song in Tyneside songs.

Bob Davenport told me a few months ago that Geordie Ridley was his Great Uncle. nice to know there is still a living connection.

I, too, am a proud but exiled Geordie.

George Henderson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Jim Davis
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 10:32 PM

I used to run the Hydraulic Crane in the early 80's for my sister and brother-in-law--We had a great folk club on a Monday neet (which used to be one of our quiet nights) but when the regulars of Scotswood heard about the folk club, they used to come on a Monday, sit in the bar, get pissed and try to drown out the folk club with horrendous singing--Oh happy days haha


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: alex s
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 07:09 AM

I used to play at the Monday folk night in Balmbra's Music Hall in the Bigg Market (Newcastle)in the early 70's. It was a small but very atmospheric music hall complete with red velvet booths etc. There was a street gas lamp (full sized) in the bar entrance!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 08:01 AM

Here it is in my song beuk
http://mysite.verizon.net/cbladey/sang/geordiesang.html#races
Blaydon Races

About George Ridley
http://mysite.verizon.net/cbladey/sang/bards.html#ridley


George Ridley

Here is a great video sing-along
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PrMaVjHS74
Blaydon Races Video


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 08:14 AM

Alex, I too used to attend the Monday night sessions at Balmbra's Music Hall but while it certainly was an impressive and imposing building I never really found the atmosphere within the club matching the surroundings.
Perhaps it was down to the insipid Worthington E on sale there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: alex s
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 09:02 AM

Could be, Dave, but I'm a Guinness man meself. Do you remember Tony Cable?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Lady Nancy
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 03:39 AM

And, of course, it was a dog track and not horse-racing!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 08:08 AM

What does "swung/twirled me twig" mean"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 10:06 AM

Surely means he flourished his walking-stick as he danced ~~ think of Fred Astaire, with necessary variations of image!

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 04 May 10 - 05:02 AM

Somehow I hadn't imagined anyone fit enough to dance a jig needing a walking stick to go to Blaydon on the bus, but you could be right - maybe it was fashionable to carry one in 1862!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: alex s
Date: 04 May 10 - 12:56 PM

Think Fred Astaire, Frankie Vaughan......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Dave (Bridge)
Date: 04 May 10 - 03:13 PM

Lady Nancy, I think you will find that it was horse racing on an island in the middle of the river, long since dredged away by Lord Armstrong to make it easier to navigate coal down the river. There was indeed a pub on the island. A bridge was erected using boats to get the horses across. On the occasion of the song it had rained so hard that the horses could not be taken across hence the call about the cuddy (horse/s) being stolen? Coffee Johnny was the blacksmith responsible for shoeing the horses and was a very tall man who was frequently goaded into a fight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,dm
Date: 05 May 10 - 07:14 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 05 May 10 - 11:05 AM

There is still a drinking establishment called the Robin Adair on Scotswood Rood, but it's not the original building. I went in once, and "it's enough to make you an ex-beer drinker".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Dave (Bridge)
Date: 05 May 10 - 01:17 PM

That must have been a long time ago


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 May 10 - 02:19 PM

Lyrics are posted here: Lyr Add: The Blaydon Races (Allan's Tyneside Songs)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Lady Nancy
Date: 07 May 10 - 02:24 PM

Hiya Dave Bridge,

Research shows that it was most definitely a dog track - and not just greyhounds but any sort of lurcher/running dog. Perhaps later they raced horses, but that was far too rich-a sport for most racegoers. This was working-man's stuff.

LN


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Dave (Bridge)
Date: 07 May 10 - 02:31 PM

Sorry LN you are mistaken. Don't know where you got your information but it was definitely horse racing. Why else would they need a black smith, for one thing. Thousands of opounds were bet on racing in those days especially the rowing races on the Tyne about the same time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: GUEST,Dave (Bridge)
Date: 07 May 10 - 03:04 PM

Ridley sang the song at a concert in Balmbra's Music Hall on 5 June 1862. It is likely that on this occasion the song ended with the exhortation to see Ridley's show on the 9 June, and that the final verse was added for that later performance. Although the account of the trip to Blaydon is a fiction, the heavy rain and missing cuddy (horses) were reported in the local press.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blaydon Races
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 08 May 10 - 03:29 AM

I have an LP called ' Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinnie ' recorded at Balmbaras Music Hall by Bill Leader in 1970 Tommy Gilfellon and Johnny Handle sing ' The Blaydon Races '

Dave H


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