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Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?

12 Apr 13 - 06:59 PM (#3502490)
Subject: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,wrex

Can you suggest any good canal/canal-related songs, preferably with some reference to the NW?


12 Apr 13 - 07:59 PM (#3502513)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST

http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/SongMenu.htm


13 Apr 13 - 05:31 AM (#3502657)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Uncle Tone

Not trad, but relating to the Lancaster Canal specifically:

Swan Song

Tone


13 Apr 13 - 06:02 AM (#3502663)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Ian Gill

John K did an album of them years ago but I've forgotten the details. Someone out there will know, I'm sure


13 Apr 13 - 07:05 AM (#3502673)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,wrex

brilliant! many thanx


13 Apr 13 - 08:35 AM (#3502701)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Richard from Liverpool

The Cruise of the Calabar seems like the kind of thing you're looking for... this version is with Liverpool locations but I've heard other versions elsewhere on the Leeds-Liverpool (and no doubt other Canals...)

http://aliverpoolfolksongaweek.blogspot.com/2012/11/60-cruise-of-calabar.html


13 Apr 13 - 05:21 PM (#3502899)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Eliza

BBC Singing Together had a lovely song about a lad who lived in a narrow boat. Someone here may remember all the words. It started, "My boat is painted in colours gay, Ah ha! Me boys! My boat is painted in colours gay, the finest boat on the waterway, Ah ha me riddle ay day!".


13 Apr 13 - 05:45 PM (#3502918)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Snuffy

That sounds like an English adaptation of the Newfoundland song Lukey's Boat


13 Apr 13 - 05:52 PM (#3502925)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Eliza

How fascinating Snuffy! The first verse of Lukey's Boat is certainly almost identical. I've remembered a bit of the next verse (bear with me, I'm rather old and my memory isn't what it was!)
My boat has got a (something) of brass, Ah ha! Me boys! (repeat)
It sparkles clear like crystal glass, Ah ha! me riddle ay day.


14 Apr 13 - 09:48 AM (#3503182)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Ian Hendrie

http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/ always welcomes visitors and contributions of songs and information. As well as lyrics it contains a considerable num,ber of sound recordings, including radio programmes and stuff from old lps.

I plead guilty to running this web-site and also a North-West connection as that is where I live!

Eliza, if you manage to remember the words to the song I'd love to receive them.


14 Apr 13 - 10:35 AM (#3503193)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: greg stephens

I have had the pleasure of knowing a number of old working boaties. My guess is that the likelihood of any of them singing a song containing the words "Aha me boys" would be in the region of zero.


14 Apr 13 - 01:04 PM (#3503266)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Eliza

I agree, greg. Sounds more like a pantomime pirate! I think the BBC Singing Together team were a litle bit 'twee' sometimes, but nonetheless my ashoolchildren enjoyed this particular pamphlet. I remember a picture of the lad's narrowboat, with castles and roses painted on the side. All the songs on it were about waterways and the river. Another one was 'The river is up and the channel is deep, the wind is steady and strong...' which is not of course about canals. If anyone is a Singing Together Geek (I know there are several on Mudcat) they might know which year it was. It was in the late seventies or early eighties.


14 Apr 13 - 01:48 PM (#3503290)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST

Not sure what school you worked in Eliza but most of the ones I worked in had 'ashool' children in too, he he , sometimes we called them even worse names !!


14 Apr 13 - 02:15 PM (#3503303)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST

The last song quoted from by Eliza is 'Down the River'. It's in the DT.


14 Apr 13 - 03:04 PM (#3503326)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Eliza

Oh dear, sorry about the typo. My fingers seem to be extra-stiff today!
Will look up the DT ref now, thank you guest.


08 May 13 - 04:28 PM (#3513143)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Ian Hendrie

A CD of canal songs written in the NW of England has just 'escaped'. Details here.

Proceeds will go to the Inland Waterways Preservation Society.


10 May 13 - 05:55 AM (#3513687)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Snuffy

There's Martin Graebe's Shropshire Union, which can be found on the Songs of the Inland Waterways site mentioned above.

I reckon Chester and Ellesmere Port are North West enough for your needs.


10 May 13 - 07:23 PM (#3513723)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,wrex

many thanks


11 May 13 - 04:36 AM (#3513796)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Ian

The Anderton Lift is definitely in the NW and I find Arthur Marshall's song about it rather appealing.


Songs of the Inland Waterways : Song Menu


11 May 13 - 04:41 AM (#3513799)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST

There's also the excellent '36 Miles Away from the Sea' about the Manchester Ship Canal and others such as 'Coal, Coal for Manchester'. We're not short of a song or two about the canals in the NW. These are all, of course, recently written.


11 May 13 - 04:50 AM (#3513801)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Barb'ry

What about the one about the Manchester Canal? I think it's officially called 'The Mary' but it starts:

The Union Flag is flying o'er the company's wharf and quay
And Mary of Dublin lying unloading her praties today

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so come weavers and winders and tanners one and all
Give your support unto the board of the Manchester Canal

Haven't got time to look it up in the DT (think it wasn't there last time I looked) but if you need the rest of the words, I can write them out but not got time at the moment

barb'ry


11 May 13 - 05:58 PM (#3513985)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie

Here's a link to song mentioned in previous thread :

The Manchester Canal or The Ship Canal Song (The Mary)


12 May 13 - 07:23 AM (#3514157)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: UK: NW canal songs?
From: Uncle Tone

"The Anderton Lift is definitely in the NW and I find Arthur Marshall's song about it rather appealing."

I agree. I did gently point out that it doesn't and never did work pneumatically. Arthur said he knew that, but it's too late cos hydraulically doesn't rhyme.....

£$->=

Good song.

Tone