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Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)

Josher 12 Jan 06 - 11:49 AM
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GUEST,HughM 13 Jan 06 - 08:02 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Josher
Date: 12 Jan 06 - 11:49 AM

Does anybody have the lyrics to a Huw Williams song "Travelling by Steam"? I have a feeling Fairport Convention did it but can't find it.

Thanks
Josher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Peace
Date: 12 Jan 06 - 01:53 PM

Recorded by Fairport Convention and written by Tony Williams. I'm still looking for lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Peace
Date: 12 Jan 06 - 01:55 PM

PARDON ME: HUW


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Peace
Date: 12 Jan 06 - 01:56 PM

Found a site that says it was written by Huw and Tony.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Jan 06 - 07:57 PM

is it the one with chorus:

'you may travel by steam as older folks say,
all the world over upon the railway'?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Josher
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 03:58 AM

Hi All

Mr Happy, I don't think the Chorus is the one you quoted but would be very intersted in that song as well, I am trying to put a set of songs together to do with transport and industry.

Peace: yes thats the one thanks for looking

Josher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: jonm
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 04:24 AM

It's in the second Fairport songbook, lyrics, melody, chords, the lot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Shuffer
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 06:55 AM

Josher. If you are interested in songs about railways you should have a look at the railway songs of Dave Goulder recorded on two of his albums "Requiem For Steam" and "The Man Who Put The Engine in The Chip Shop


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Josher
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 07:09 AM

Hi
Thanks for the info, will certainly have a lokk at Dave Goulder's stuff.

Josher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Josher
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 07:27 AM

Hi
does anyone know where I can buy the Second Fairport Songbook?
Obvious web sites either don't stock it or it is no longer available

Thanks

Josher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 08:02 AM

Mike Donald also wrote several songs about railways, notably The Settle to Carlisle Railway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 08:05 AM

And does anyone know who wrote the Footplate Cuisine song?


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Subject: Lyr Add: TRAVELLING BY STEAM (Huw Williams)
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 08:22 AM

In case you haven't found it:

With a steady hand on the lever, the signal's ready to pass.
Keep the light burning, fireman, and the water well up in the glass,
And with a shoulder to the rail. there's no better place to be seen
Than the right side of the footplate, travelling by steam.

CHORUS: Stand in the bite. Look for the green light.
Hear voices that echo and ring down the line.
One load to shed, then homeward we tread
Till morning and the coalboy comes singing.

Me gran'fer worked at the station, a bigwig, so I've heard talk.
Me father he was a driver, went travelling pit to port.
He said there's no better life for a young man, and with that you must agree,
To be right side of the footplate, travelling by steam.

Tomorrow I go to Banbury. There's lodgings there for me.
I'll lay me head on a pillow in a room where I can sleep,
Then up and away in the morning. We can wipe the clock-face clean,
Right side of the footplate, travelling by steam.

So pick up yer traps and yer Tommy-box. We're reaching the end of the line.
Keep an eye on your watch, lad, and we'll bring her in on time.
Now, I could have been bound for the factory or mining for coal in the seam,
But I'm right side of the footplate, travelling by steam.

Josher
On the same subject, you may like to look up Huw's song "Rocket" and "North Road Shops" that used to be sung by Eddie Walker. Both evocative of the golden age.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: breezy
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 12:05 PM

well done W M

Now , let us discuss the term 'bite'

Cos when I went to ask the man on the footplate at Didcot he didnt know.

A good uplifting song this, think I'll revive it this week end

Ta

hey is you the real josher B?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Josher
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 02:13 PM

Hi All
Thanks 'A Wandering Minstrel' for the words, at the moment the only 'train' song I sing is Stanley Accrington's 'The last train to Bacup' an evocative song about lost urban branch lines in the northwest.

Breezy, no I don't think i'm the real josher B. My mudcat name comes from the nickname for the narrowboats built by Fellows Moreton and Clayton.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: breezy
Date: 13 Jan 06 - 02:31 PM

not those canal solicitors again

Dont believe you, they built engines that were most unreliablen !!

happy new year

ben Campnell at St Albans on Sunday 15th at the Comfort

see separate fred


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Shuffer
Date: 17 Jan 06 - 11:09 AM

GUEST,HughM


"And does anyone know who wrote the Footplate Cuisine song? "

Another of Dave Goulder's fine songs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 17 Jan 06 - 12:09 PM

I was going to point you at the Dave Goulder Chippie L.P. but was beaten.
So hows about these for a couple that no-one sings. "So Ride With Me" and "The Watercress Line"
Full details here

http://www.forest-tracks.co.uk/folk_music_pages/folk_music_soridewithme.html

Andy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Peace
Date: 17 Jan 06 - 02:04 PM

"Footplate Cuisine" (excerpt)
Written for the band by Dave Goulder, this Live Steam classic can be found on the cassettes "Still Steaming" and "Down the Pan but Still Steaming".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: Songbird
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 04:16 AM

I have taken the bite to be the gap between the tender and engine, though why!!

"Till morning and the call boy comes singing" The knocker up...

"Tomorrow its off up to Banbury. A lodging turn for me"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: GUEST,The Barden of England at work
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 06:13 AM

I thought that a 'bight' in railway terms was a passing place, where the slower trains could stop to let the non-stop or express trains pass. Makes sense when the next bit says 'wait for the green light'
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 06:57 AM

WM, thanks for that added bit of info about the North Road Shops. My husband was one of the last apprentices to serve their time there. I have done a google search but cant find anything...any other info you have would be most appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Travelling by Steam (Huw Williams)
From: GUEST,Francis G Bell
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 01:17 PM

Here are the Fairport lyrics, as far as I can make them out. Simon Nicol (most likely) has made minor edits, I suspect to fit the tune better.

With a steady hand on the lever, and the signal ready to pass.
Keep the light burning, fireman, and the water well up in the glass,
With a shoulder to the rail there's no better place to be
Than the right side of the footplate, when you're travelling by steam.

CHORUS: Stand in the bight. Look for the green light.
Voices that echo and ring down the line.
One load to shed, then homeward we tread
Till morning and the call-boy comes singing.

Me grandaddy worked in the railway, a bigwig, so I've heard talk.
Me father he was a driver, travelling pit to port.
And there's no better life for a young man, and with them you must agree,
When you're right side of the footplate, and you're travelling by steam.

Tomorrow it's off up to Banbury. A lodging turn for me.
But I can lay me head on a pillow in a room where I can sleep,
And it's up and away in the morning and wipe the clock-face clean,
And you're right side of the footplate, and you're travelling by steam.

So pick up yer traps and yer Tommy-box. We're reaching the end of the line.
Keep an eye on your watch, lad, and we'll bring her in on time.
Now, it could have been life on the dole queue or mining for coal in the seam,
But you're right side of the footplate, and you're travelling by steam.


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