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    Hello, Liz! I've just had ANOTHER copyright claim - with THIS!!! - I think I'll give up! Anyway, I was unable to find any songs relating to my upbringing on the south coast of England. I did vaguely think about my old school song, the first verse of which went like this ... "Down where the Sussex sea floats by caressingly, warmed by the benediction of the Sun, hope fires our hearts and wills and our lithe bodies fills with vigour, as we leap and dance and run." Fortunately, I can't remember any more and the song seems to have sunk without trace ... like my old school! So, instead, I thought of a holiday we had, many moons ago, to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides ... probably the farthest north I've ever been. I bring you a copyright-laden version of "The Skye Boat Song" ...

    "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place" George Bernard Shaw

    "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city" George Burns

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    Hi again Liz! You asked for songs about home towns, so I can't not do this one about my home town of Bedlington, Northumberland (hence the Northumberland flag sticker you see on this uke) written by my grandma, Mary Wade, at some point in the 1980s (or maybe even earlier? Not sure).

    She taught herself to play accordion and piano and used to enjoy writing songs and poems. Throughout the 1980s and 90s she used to entertain the residents of local care homes, singing songs, tellings jokes and reciting poems. In 1990 she self-published a book of them, when it was a bit harder to do that than uploading to Amazon, and I remember it selling pretty well. I couldn't find my copy, but a few weeks ago I happened to find one second hand on Amazon (signed too!) so of course I had to get it. So in theory I now have two copies...

    She died in 2007, aged 88, and my mum read this (but didn't sing it) at her funeral. I've resisted any temptation to change the lyrics, though I might have taken a few liberties with the tune and arrangement. Perhaps you can imagine she's joining in on accordion when it comes in!



    You can probably tell from the lyrics that she was quite religious. Also she had rather more love for the town than I do, although of course it has changed an awful lot over the last 100 years.

    Ooh, another related story I just remembered: one time the local TV news were doing a segment on local accents and my grandma contacted them - she had a very strong Northumbrian accent - and ended up singing one of her songs on local TV. My mum was really embarrassed (I guess people are always embarrassed by their parents) but I thought it was great.

    Here's the book of songs and poems: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geordies-Cr...s=books&sr=1-1

    Incidentally, she also wrote a book about growing up as a miner's daughter, published in 1984: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miner-Born-...s=books&sr=1-1
    - Edwin

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    Please excuse this brief interruption - my wrap for Season 478 has just been posted and Lynda’s will follow shortly thereafter. Thanks!
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    My collaborations with Liz Brinker: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...io6W9Et8o6pfg-

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    Been to gay Paree twice once as a teenager and once as an adult wasn't overly impressed.I suppose I'm not romantic enough.Loved the baguettes though.

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    Hello all, time for me to punch the clock. I am off to dream of Berlin, The Isle Of Skye, Bedlington in Northumberland and Paris (France, not Texas). Many thanks to today's contributors, Wim, Val, Edwin and Stanley. I am honored. Please read about Edwin's grandmother, who wrote the song he has submitted today, Bedlington Anthem. What a great person she must have been. Who knows? Maybe tomorrow I will wake up to find a song about Mexico, or Texas, or New Zealand, or Quebec City, or Peru, or Kathmandu... Pleasant dreams of all the beautiful places we know and love.

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    Hello, I am posing as Marc, since the UU site is not letting him have access currently. I’m looking forward to hearing his Texas/Mexico story, once he’s allowed back in...

    She Never Spoke Spanish To Me
    Butch Hancock


    Some notes from Marc: "This song was written by Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock and popularized by Joe Ely (pronounced EEL-ee) Both were members of The Flatlanders, along with Jimmy Dale Gilmore. All were from Lubbock, TX - home of Buddy Holly. And, yes, I've been to Mexico and I've been to Lubbock. AND, I speak poquito Espa
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    Last one from me Liz! My dad's work took us to San Diego in my early childhood and we'd often head up to LA at the weekends. Here is one of the more famous songs written about that city, although I'm guessing my experiences of the city differed somewhat to Anthony Kiedis'.

    I hope you'll excuse the fact that I'm not John Frusciante so some of the licks and fills are missing

    "Even on a cloudy day, I'll keep my eyes fixed on the sun"

    "But I heard voices, Not in the head, out in the air, they called to me. Through record speakers, through thick and thin, they found a shelter, beneath my skin"

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    Why can I post with thi account and not the original one...???
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    There are a bunch of Icelandic songs that mention places that I have been, I just don't feel like translating things these days... so, I am doing my rendition of one of my favourite Tom Waits songs - a song that is named after the beautiful city of Copenhagen.
    I have been to Koben a few times; the last time was back in ... 2005 or 2006 During that time I spent a few months travelling and skateboarding around Europe. I was planning to go to kongens Kobenhavn last year but those plans have been put on hold.

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    another homemade-y from me. this one is about the chalice well, next to glastonbury tor in somerset. i've been on quite a few holidays to the west country - somerset, devon, and cornwall. it's a lovely part of the world.

    lynda

    i'm interested in one thing, and one thing only. and that's the eurovision song contest.

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    This is a translation (not by me ), into my native language (which is Dutch) of a Jacque Brel song about the City of Amsterdam. This is called "de Stad Amsterdam". I've been there for several reasons, one being that one of my brothers lives there.
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