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Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piece)

Jim Dixon 30 Mar 06 - 09:52 AM
Geoff the Duck 30 Mar 06 - 10:29 AM
Mark Dowding 30 Mar 06 - 01:18 PM
GUEST,Jimbob 30 Mar 06 - 01:35 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piece)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 09:52 AM

In another thread, GUEST,Jimbob asked for lyrics to a song that turned out to be this one. I found a sound sample at Amazon.co.uk and transcribed this much. Does anyone have the rest? Or any further information?

PETE WAS A LONELY MONGREL DOG WHO LIVED IN CENTRAL WIGAN

...Pete joined an English man-of-war as first mate to the captain,
And he traveled far to many lands where the trees were tall and champion.
He roamed the seas until he found it wasn't what he'd dreamed.
There was no place to bury his bones and his tail was a permanent green.
He changed his life and he changed his ways and a soldier he would....

[Recorded by Fivepenny Piece on "The Very Best of Fivepenny Piece."]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piec
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 10:29 AM

The song is in print in a book entitled "The Jolly Herring" 77 Songs - Folk & Pop.

Writing credits are :-
Words and Music : John Meeks and Colin Radcliffe.

The writers were members of 5 Penny piece.

I might try to transcribe the words if I have time.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PETE WAS A LONELY MONGREL DOG WHO...
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 01:18 PM

This song first appeared on the LP "Songs We Like To Sing" by The Fivepenny Piece


PETE WAS A LONELY MONGREL DOG WHO LIVED IN CENTRAL WIGAN

by John Meeks and Colin Radcliffe (Fivepenny Piece)


Pete was a lonely mongrel dog who lived in central Wigan
He had a great thought one winter's day while out for bones a-diggin'
He'd change his life and he'd change his ways and a sailor man he'd be
So he packed his tail, buried his bones and off to sea went he

Off to sea went, off to sea went, off to sea went he-e-e
Off to sea went, off to sea went, off to sea went he

He joined an English man o' war as first mate to the captain
They travelled far to many lands where the trees were tall and champion
He roamed the seas until he found it wasn't what he'd dreamed
There was no place to bury his bones and his tail was a permanent green
He'd change his life and he'd change his ways and a soldier he would be
So he buried his bones in the ocean deep and off to war went he

Off to war went off to war went off to war went he-e-e
Off to war went off to war went off to war went he

He joined the Royal Artillery as mascot to the battery
Well they combed his hair and polished his tail and did things very exactly
Well they marched him upa nd down the square they stood him to attention
But when he chased the cookhouse cat they put him in detention
He'd change his life and he'd change his ways and an airman he would be
So he swapped his guns for a set of wings and off to fly went he

Off to fly went off to fly went off to fly went he-e-e
Off to fly went off to fly went off to fly went he

He joined the Royal Flying lads as assistant navigator
At finding his way from here to there, there never was anyone greater
He flew through the air at incredible speeds and sometimes upside down
And after a while he thought it was much safer on the ground
He'd change his life and he'd change his ways and go back to his diggin'
So he packed his tail and left his bones and sniffed his way to Wigan

He'd change his life and he'd change his ways and go back to his diggin'
And spend his days in simple ways with his tail 'neath the trees of Wigan

Cheers
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piece)
From: GUEST,Jimbob
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 01:35 PM

Top stuff, thanks for that Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piece)
From: GUEST,Ha'porth Rosie
Date: 23 May 14 - 05:08 AM

Hello, I've just found a website dedicated to The Fivepenny Piece and it's got all the lyrics to their songs, including Pete. You just click on the 'Lyrics' section. Hope this helps!

www.5pp.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pete Was a Lonely ... (Fivepenny Piece)
From: GUEST,Ha'porth Rosie
Date: 23 May 14 - 05:26 AM

Eee, I am a daft ha'porth. Sorry Mr. Dowding, when I was looking through this before somehow I missed your incredibly kind transcription of the 'Pete' lyrics. Really thoughtful of you to have done that!

On youtube they've got Basil Brush singing this; it's champion!

Thanks again and cheers.


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