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Posted By: MoorleyMan
20-Jul-13 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Railwayman's Farewell to Darlington
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Railwayman's Farewell to Darlington
I think this is just about it, but I'm prepared to stand corrected...

Railwayman's Farewell To Darlington
(Graeme Miles)

(The refrain "Fare ye well to Darlington, me boys" recurs after each line of the verse.)
I'm a railwayman from Darlington and I've had the golden wag
I'm off to join the army, just the same as our young lad
I'm a railwayman from Darlington and I've drawn me final pay
I'm posted off to Catterick camp and I'm marching off today

(Chorus:)
Well I've handed in me shiny top cap and me suit of railway blue
I've swopped 'em for a battle-dress and a gun and a bayonet too
And I've written to Doctor Beeching and I've told him what to do
So fare ye well to Darlington me boys


Well me mam she never stopped moaning as she packed me gear away
But she soon shut up when I promised to send her five bob a week of me pay
But me dad he sees it different and he doesn't have much to say
Just a year or two as a serviceman will change me idle ways

(Chorus)

Well tonight I'll go down Tubwell Row and I'll meet up with the lads
We'll drink a steady pint or two and lash out with the fags
'Cos I'm a railwayman from Darlington and I've had the golden wag
And I'm off to join the army, just the same as our young lad

(Chorus)

(After final repeat of chorus:)
. Fare ye well to Darlington me boys.