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Posted By: Hoblander
14-Jan-12 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Duchess of Kent (Graeme Miles)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALTIC TAVERNERS' SONG (Graeme Miles)
Hello
I am not sure of the procedure here,
but this thread started out as a lyric request. Therefore does it require a separate "lyric add" ?
The following lyrics are from the man himself, pages 44 & 45 of Forgotten Songs Remembered. Many of Graeme's songs have been learnt by lots of folks over the years and the versions have been changed, many by Graeme and by the folk process. Those that have been published either in Songscapes or FSR are the versions Graeme would like people to learn, but nobody is going to unlearn the earlier verions, like Bill's above. So just for the record.

The Baltic Taverners' Song 1961 ( a.k.a. The Procession )

Spoken
Well the mayor and 'is clique 'eld a meetin'
A proposal was put to the board
That a request be sent to a Duchess in Kent
For to open a new 'ospital ward
An' the aldermen 'eld a collection
To redeem the mayors' chain out o' pawn
An' a note was sent round to the notables in town
Sayin' collars an' ties will be worn
An' the flags an' the buntin' were flyin'
Crowds lined the Middlebrough streets
An' the mayor an' 'is band wi' their 'ats in their 'ands
The Duchess they waited to greet
At the station they waited an' waited
Then the Town Clerk 'e cried, " She's at the dockside
She's arrived on the Tees floatin' crane

Sing chorus
The procession it started at Ayresome
Past the park an' museum as well
By Kirkup's fruit stall an' the boro town 'all
Then into the Baltic 'otel.
1.
Now the beer in the Baltic was 'eavy
The beer in the Baltic was strong
The Duchess went wild o'er 'er pint o' brown mild
An' was singin' the Match Fct'ry song - ALL WRONG
2.
Well the mayor e' supped twenty five bitters
The Duchess knocked back twenty nine
then she said, "ee I'm starved" so they downed one more 'alf
Then went to St. Mary's to dine.
3.
The community kitchen was crowded
There jus' wern't no room for no more
So the mayor an' 'is band wi' their trays in their 'ands
Parked themseves down on the floor
4.
The runner bean soup was delicious
The crab apple melba a dream
The crust was well done to the very last crumb
poured thick wi' evaporated cream
5.
Now the Duchesses Lady-in-Waitin'
Crept away from the mighty procession
An' when she was found she'd sneaked into town
To the Farrer Street grand bingo session
6.
They come out of the community kitchen
The crowd 'ow it cheered an' did yell
An' the Duchess was first to go quench 'er thirst
Back in the Baltic 'otel

Spoken
To the train they all tottered an' staggered
An' the Duchess was carried aboard
Then the town clerk cried, "Stop!-
She's plumb clean forgot
To open the new 'ospital ward

Sing chorus
The procession it started at Ayresome
Past the park an' museum as well
By Kirkup's fruit stall an' the boro town 'all
Then into the Baltic 'otel.

there you go
Kevin