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MickyMan Lyr Add: Keep That Wheel A Turning / William Brown (9) Lyr Add: KEEP THAT WHEEL A-TURNIN' / WILLIAM BROWN 06 Jun 10


There are several versions of this on Mudcat ...

I never quite absorbed the original song but I heard it somewhere and fell in love with the chorus and first verse, so much so that they kept going round in my head. I also recalled hearing the phrase .... "the boss man said "young what's your name" but I didn't have anything else (pre Mudcat days). So here's what I dreamed up to fill in the gaps, and I must say that I'm kind of proud of it. It's a little more positive than the original, in fact my friend says that I've turned poor William into a 'capitalist pig". I prefer to think of him as a bit of a love-struck entrepreneur. Oh well, it has found its way into my world in this form and I thought I'd share it with you all ... Long live the folk process!


KEEP THAT WHEEL A-TURNIN' (WILLIAM BROWN)
(with added words by Michael Carbonneau - CT/USA)

1. A bright young man was William Brown.
He worked for a wage in a Northern town.
He turned the wheel from left to right,
From eight in the morning 'till six at night.

CHORUS: Keep that wheel a-turnin'. Keep that wheel a-turnin'.
Keep that wheel a-turnin' and do a little more each day.

2. Bill had his eye on Lucy May,
Who came to keep the books on Saturday.
They met in the pub and danced in the town,
Until her name was Lucy Brown. CHORUS

3. Bill brought home the bob on each Thursday,
And Lucy banked it all away,
And every night when they hopped into bed,
She gave a pretty wink and sweetly said to ... CHORUS

4. One afternoon when tea break came,
The boss man said, "Young what's your name?
A pension might just come your way
If you stay here till your dying day and .... CHORUS

5. Now William's shop is all their own,
And Lucy keeps the books from home,
And every week when they hand out the bob,
They tell all the boys to "stay on the job" and ... CHORUS


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