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Lyr Req: Land of green ginger

24 May 14 - 02:26 PM (#3628021)
Subject: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

We are trying to get hold of the lyrics to the song "Land of Green Ginger" . The song we are looking for is about Hull.
We were also wondering if it has been recorded anywhere.
We can remember the chorus contained the words" In the land of green ginger where oak apples fall.
Can anyone help.


24 May 14 - 03:00 PM (#3628024)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: Anglogeezer

Google, Google, Google!

This is all I could get :-

Living and Loving in the Land of Green Ginger

all you get is an 18 second clip. Is it familiar???

Jake


24 May 14 - 03:17 PM (#3628026)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

No that isn't the one. We had already tried Googling but haven't come up with anything.


24 May 14 - 05:14 PM (#3628043)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,#

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=amss&fileName=sb1/sb10075b/amsspage.db&recNum=0&itemLink=h?ammem/amss:@field(DOCID+@lit(sb10075b))


24 May 14 - 05:35 PM (#3628047)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,#

Ian, the last post doesn't contain the words "where the oak apples fall" so I suspect it isn't the song you're looking for. Sorry.


24 May 14 - 07:29 PM (#3628072)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Guest

Try Steve Gardham.

He's not usually interested in anything recently written but is knowledgeable on all things 'Ull.


25 May 14 - 01:56 AM (#3628099)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Stim

For what it's worth, there is a play set in Hull called The Land of Green Ginger by Alan Plater, filmed for television about 1973, which begins with 'The North Country Maid" by The Watersons.


25 May 14 - 01:56 AM (#3628100)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Stim

For what it's worth, there is a play set in Hull called The Land of Green Ginger by Alan Plater, filmed for television about 1973, which begins with 'The North Country Maid" by The Watersons.


25 May 14 - 05:06 AM (#3628121)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

Thanks for the replies.


25 May 14 - 07:02 AM (#3628138)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST

Here you go;

The Land of Green Ginger

Oh pity me, pray and hear what I've to say
For my bosom has been set on fire
By one I considered as true as the day
But now she's a faithless Maria
And when I recount all my troubles and woes
And miseries which to you I'll now disclose
You'd say in this world you would hardly suppose
There was such a false maid as Maria
        
I may be to blame but I love her the same
Though my feelings she's tried hard to injure
She's as false as she's fair and she's twelve pounds a year
And she lives in the Land of Green Ginger

I'm a journeyman baker and first went to Hull
On a Saturday night in September
And Maria, a cook and her elegant look
I shall ever have cause to remember
Each day on my round I would go with my bread
Contented till love nearly turned my poor head
You see how I blush and my face will go red
When I mention the name of Maria

I called every morning and how she would run
When I knocked and shouted out, 'Baker!'
And smiled too beside when I said, 'For my bride
I would take her and never forsake her'.
But a policeman came on the Green Ginger beat
And as they're always looking for something to eat
No matter if pudding that's stale, or cold meat
And of course he made love to Maria

At last, when I asked her to settle the day
She said, with a smile of derision,
She would rather marry her officer bold
Who belonged to the borough division
What, deceive your poor baker, who loves you so true?
She only said, 'Rubbish', and answered 'Pooh, pooh'
My heart it went down like a lump of stale dough
As I took a last look at Maria

I could weep I could cry, I shall pine, I shall die
Each day I get thinner and thinner
I grieve at my meals whether supper or tea
And I fast at my breakfast and dinner
You see at a glance how I'm wasting away
Like butter exposed on a hot summer's day
I nearly drop down when I hear the folks say
'There's the baker who once loved Maria'

Broadside ballad – pub. Firth


25 May 14 - 07:03 AM (#3628139)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Paul Davenport

That last 'Guest' was me. The Cat seems to have dumped my details!


25 May 14 - 07:56 AM (#3628150)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

Thanks


26 May 14 - 12:39 AM (#3628203)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST

The song which Paul Davenport posted above (which, if the oak apples bit is de rigueur, is not the song Ian seeks) is called "Faithless Maria" and was written by the English music hall performer Harry Clifton ca. 1866. There are a couple of threads on it elsewhere on Mudcat, in particular, this one

Lyr Req/Add: Land of Green Ginger/Faithless Maria

in which I posted both the lyrics and the melody (ABC and MIDI), which Michael Heaney copied out from the original sheet music stored in the Bodleian Library expressly so they could be posted on this site.

Sorry I can't be of use in the present song search. Just wanted to make the attribution of the above song clear.


26 May 14 - 06:08 AM (#3628248)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

Thanks for all your help.
The chorus to the song we we looking for is definitely,
"In the land of green ginger where oak apples fall, down by the Humber you can hear the seagulls call"


26 May 14 - 01:44 PM (#3628282)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: Steve Gardham

Hi Ian,
I have a vague recollection of coming across a song about Land of Green Ginger fairly recently which presents the possibility that it might be one of Chris Rowe and Ian Clarke's or if more recent then the group Beggar's Bridge have been writing local material. Last time I looked there were no trees down LOGG.


26 May 14 - 04:56 PM (#3628337)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Ian

I have known of the song for twenty years. We were told it was written by someone I think from Hull. We were told a that time   he had died a few years before.
Thanks for all the help.


26 May 14 - 04:56 PM (#3628338)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: Rank

I can remember receiving about 1970 a promotional cassette from a Hull based group "Green ginger" which I think had a song on it called The Land of Green Ginger. Can't find it though.


27 May 14 - 09:29 AM (#3628521)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: Paul Davenport

Does this get you any closer?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ejY2tFGjuA


27 May 14 - 07:41 PM (#3628647)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of green ginger
From: GUEST,Guest

Well Paul those two were really something - were they not???????

However, every cloud has the proverbial silver lining and from your link I got to a great link regarding Francis Albert(Sinatra).

Thanks