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Subject: Johnny Moat
From: mim
Date: 20 Feb 97 - 08:17 PM

Can anyone tell me the lyrics for "Johnny Moat". It was on a tape by Colin Ramage of North Sea Gas. I think it was also recorded by Davy Steele.


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Subject: RE: lyrics for
From: Dave McNew
Date: 21 Feb 97 - 05:11 PM

I think you may mean the title "Johnny Cope". Try the digitrad with that title.


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Subject: RE: lyrics for
From: mim
Date: 21 Feb 97 - 09:10 PM

No, I mean Johnny Moat. Davy Steele recorded it on his tape "Summerlee". Neither he nor Colin Ramage gave any indication of who wrote the words or the music. It's a song about a rock called Johnny Moat. As long as the rock was standing the town near it prospered. When the rock fell the town went downhill. The chorus goes "Keep standin, keep standin, the toonfolk all cried. Keep standin along the Forth shore. For while ye are standin, the toon of ---------- will praise Johnny Moat evermore." I can't quite understand the name of the town or some of the other words in the song and would like very much to find them. A big thank you to anyone who can help.


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Subject: Johnny Moat (no, not Cope) lyrics
From: mim
Date: 14 Mar 97 - 12:07 PM

This song was sung by Davy Steele (formerly of Coelbeg) on "Summerlee", also by Colin Ramage (still of North Sea Gas) on "Your song tonight". I simply cannot make out all of the words in spite of having two versions to listen to. The song is about a rock which represents a town's good luck. When the rock falls the luck runs out. Help, please.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Moat (no, not Cope) lyrics
From: mim
Date: 17 Mar 97 - 05:58 PM

I'm still hoping that someone knows.


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Subject: RE: lyrics for
From: MMario
Date: 27 Jul 01 - 02:04 PM

refresh - this sounds interesting....


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Subject: RE: lyrics for JOHNNY MOAT
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 12:52 AM

Found that there is a short chunk of the song in MP3 at MP3 of Johnny Moat (partial)


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Subject: RE: lyrics for JOHNNY MOAT
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 12:34 PM

still sounds intrigueing - tho I can't get enough from the clip to even answer the original question.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOHNNY MOAT (Davy Steele)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 01:08 PM

If George had looked just a little further down the page where he found the sound file, he would have seen this:

Copied from http://www.prestoungrange.org/arts-festival/html/news/show_news.asp?newsid=26 and edited a bit.

JOHNNY MOAT
(Davy Steele)

On the girdle rocks ahint Auldhammer House
Stands a stane nearly nine foot high,
Named efter a man that lived here long ago.
Some say he wis built the same way.
Why it's standing's a mystery that's never been solved,
Though it's been studied by men of great note.
But there's none can be sure how it comes to be there,
That great rock they call Johnny Moat.

CHORUS: "Keep standing, keep standing," the toon folk a' cried.
"Keep standing along the Forth shore.
For while you are standing, the toon'll no die.
We'll praise Johnny Moat evermore."

If you start at the east where the Black Rocks are named,
Travel west 'til you come tae the Cuthill.
You'll pass by the Humlicks, the Hattles, the Hays,
The Doos Ringans Hole and the Girdle.
Then it's on tae the Canty, the Mathies, the Ox,
All named efter some weel kent folk.
But there's none o' these crags o' blue whinston are made
Like the great rock they call Johhny Moat. CHORUS

Some said it wis placed by the hand o' God.
Some said 'twas the ice age that brought it.
From wherever it came, it was seen as a sign
Of good fortune by those that lived round it.
So long as it's standing, the toon'll survive.
The people would often speak o't.
A, but if it should fa', then the pans win an a'.
So they a' said aboot Johnny Moat. CHORUS

So Johnny stood ower the toon through the years,
Watching it prosper and growing.
It had oyster beds, the best in the land,
Weel kent for its pottery and brewing.
It had salt works of worldwide fame,
The grange and links pits for its mining.
All these things and more grew along the Forth shore
While Johnny Moat was still standing. CHORUS

Then on one dark night, the great rock fell,
And nobody knew till the morning.
And some folk retold those stories of old,
While others just laughed at their warning.
But the oyster beds dried and the salt mines shut doon.
The pottery and breweries soon followed.
Then both the mines closed, that cruelest of blows,
When Johnny no more cast his shadow. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: lyrics for JOHNNY MOAT
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 01:10 PM

Thanks Jim. Guess I was a bit too tired. 2AM here at the time.

Another one bites the dust.


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