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Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee

YorkshireYankee 09 Jan 22 - 02:37 AM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Jan 22 - 03:14 AM
YorkshireYankee 07 Jan 22 - 05:04 PM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Jan 22 - 04:47 PM
YorkshireYankee 07 Jan 22 - 12:07 AM
Sandra in Sydney 18 Nov 21 - 02:24 AM
YorkshireYankee 17 Nov 21 - 10:18 PM
Sandra in Sydney 17 Nov 21 - 01:04 AM
YorkshireYankee 16 Nov 21 - 11:45 PM
YorkshireYankee 16 Nov 21 - 10:47 PM
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Sandra in Sydney 15 Nov 21 - 07:07 PM
Joe Offer 15 Nov 21 - 06:49 PM
YorkshireYankee 15 Nov 21 - 06:29 PM
Sandra in Sydney 15 Nov 21 - 06:27 PM
YorkshireYankee 15 Nov 21 - 04:10 PM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Nov 21 - 11:53 PM
YorkshireYankee 13 Nov 21 - 07:48 PM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Nov 21 - 04:25 AM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 09 Jan 22 - 02:37 AM

LOL... Indeed!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Jan 22 - 03:14 AM

give me £840 & I'll buy enough rolls of decent patterns for lotsa' houses!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 07 Jan 22 - 05:04 PM

Sandra, I know... you couldn't pay me enough to live in that room (then again, £840 per roll of wallpaper might tempt me...).
The mind boggles at how much it must have cost to create something so unattractive.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Jan 22 - 04:47 PM

another good song!

the site you linked to didn't like Ad-blockers, so I closed the window & went looking using Interior Decorator Ms Google - OMG, I've just wasted at least half an hour of my life I won't get back. A lounge in the same pattern as the wall?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 07 Jan 22 - 12:07 AM

I'd already written a parody of It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To (after the US elections in November 2020; see the first post in this thread), and don't normally write more than one parody to the same tune, but in this case a UK version was just begging to be written...

Background for those who don't live in the UK:
It turns out that last year (2020) while the rest of the UK was in lockdown and celebrating Christmas alone, avoiding parties and not visiting their families – even those in hospitals, dying alone – Boris Johnson and most of the Downing Street crew were having Christmas parties right and left (after wisely but hypocritically ordering the country not to).

When this info started leaking out, of course the first thing Johnson & co did was deny it. However, when photos started emerging, they maintained that they were all "working"– but "just happened to have some wine and cheese on hand" (and a lovely catered buffet!) to keep things cheery.

Although other people who broke the rules and held parties in Dec 2020 ended up receiving very large fines indeed, the Metropolitan Police (a.k.a. "The Met") have declined to investigate this particular breach of the law. The Home Secretary, when asked why not, explained that it was in the past and that the police "don't investigate things that have happened in the past". (I am not making this up!)

The reference to wallpaper is because one of the first things Johnson and his girlfriend (now wife) did, once he was in office, was redecorate No 10 at great expense (for example, £840/~$1,140 per roll of wallpaper, in spite of which the result was not exactly fetching), but it's ok because the taxpayers didn't foot the bill; instead a rich Tory donor paid for it all. We're sure he expects nothing in return.

Party? What Party? I’ll Lie If I Want To
To the tune of It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To
new words ©Vikki Appleton Fielden, Dec 2021

I held a party in secret last year,
Thought everything would be fine
Some lousy snitch let everyone know,
Now I’m in trouble, big-time!

It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to,
lie if I want to, lie if I want to
You always knew I was lying to you


Covid 19 had been spreading like mad
’Cos I locked down way too late
Why should I care if old people die?
Saves lots of dough for the state

It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to...

I told the peasants to cancel their fun,
Lock down and sit in their homes
Then had a spree with vino and cheese
While masses died all alone

It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to...

There was no party and we broke no rules,
Just wanted colleagues to see
Our new wallpaper and hey, anyway
Rules don’t apply to little me

It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to...

Can’t understand why you’re all so upset,
Let’s just pretend it’s not true
Please don’t forget to castrate The Met,
Say it’s too old to pursue

It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Nov 21 - 02:24 AM

NO


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 17 Nov 21 - 10:18 PM

Are you surprised?
I don't know... does Trump have a kind bone in his body?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Nov 21 - 01:04 AM

I didn't know that, but am I surprised?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 11:45 PM

Sandra, Boris Johnson and the Tories are pulling the same s*** here in the UK, even though the incidences of voter fraud here are similarly tiny.

Trump and co have a LOT to answer for.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 10:47 PM

And while I'm at it...

I wrote this in response to the 2016 US presidential election. It's to the tune of Si Kahn's "Aragon Mill" except for the last verse, which is to the tune of "After the Ball".

What Have We Done?
to the tune of Aragon Mill and After the Ball
©Vikki Appleton Fielden, Nov 2016

On November the 8th, as I try not to weep
The election is close; it's so scary I can't sleep
And the chorus that I hear, now that hatred has won,
Is a sad, worried wail, crying "What have we done?"


Now the polls have shut down; there are tidings of woe
Tell us where can we go, tell us where can we go?
And the chorus that I hear...

All my friends' facebook posts can't believe that it's true
Tell me what will we do, tell me what will we do?
And the chorus that I hear...

And there's no hope at all, just a sense of despair
Once Obama is gone, dear God, how will we fare?
And the chorus that I hear...

In the town of DC, where the sirens are shrill
There's a new head man heading for Capitol Hill...

After the poll is over
After the voters gone
After the years campaigning
Endless commercials on
Many a heart is aching
Many's the anguished soul
Many the hopes that have vanished
After the poll...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 16 Nov 21 - 10:37 PM

Thanks, Joe! But it's actually from a year ago...

I wrote this a day or two after the 2020 US presidential election (before Joe had started this thread for me), and stumbled across it yesterday when I was trying to come up with something to sing at my Monday zoom sessions. I'm pretty sure I sang it at one of the Mudcat zooms last November, and in general I try not to repeat songs, but I decided to shamelessly drag it back out, with the excuse that it's (roughly) the anniversary of the events which led to my writing it. ;-)

Find Every Ballot
to the tune of Climb Every Mountain
©Vikki Appleton Fielden, Nov 2020

Find every ballot
Near or remote
Absentee or early
Please count every vote

Find every ballot
Search every poll
Honor every voter
Justice is our goal

A goal we extol
In the land of the free
For it's your right to vote
Though you may not agree... with me.

Expats and soldiers
Black, white and gay
Country folk and city
All deserve their say

Count every ballot
Bring more caffeine
Honor every voter
Justice is our dream


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 07:07 PM

latest from our Federal govt is a straight copy from Trump's USA - an attempt to stop "voter fraud" by legislating that voters carry ID. But as we all know Scott Morrison (shown at his best at COP26) was/is? a close friend of Trump.

Fears voter ID laws before Parliament will disenfranchise most vulnerable The Australian Electoral Commission estimates that during the 2019 election, the rate of multiple voting was 0.03 percent ... It told an inquiry into the election that multiple voting is "by and large a very small problem", and usually involves mental health issues rather than deliberate fraud ...

I might mention this ballot problem to songwriting friends.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 06:49 PM

The world is waiting to see the lyrics for Vikki's latest, greatest hit: "Find Every Ballot"!! (or something like that)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 06:29 PM

Sounds very cool, Sandra.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 06:27 PM

my preciouss! new pocket has a black background with white-eyed grey cartoon cats wandering about lines of grey music, must ask a muso friend to play the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 15 Nov 21 - 04:10 PM

Good question, Sandra. There are a fair few I've written this year that I've not done anything with yet. The one I think I'll work on next is about when a loved one has dementia. I have the words, but no tune yet. Then again, things come up unexpectedly (as Sir Gav did! Nothing like a deadline to motivate... ;-) )

And Joe, yes; pockets are preciousss!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 11:53 PM

'tis indeed.

one of my current projects it to put patch pockets on my 2 new summer dresses, can't use an in-seam pocket as I did for another summer dress.

Having spent winter wearing pocketed fleece waistcoats, & pocketed jackets, where do I put my tissue, keys or my train ticket? Of course I also have a bag, but why should I dig around every time I need something ...

pockets rule!

so, what's your next song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 07:48 PM

Great links, Sandra, thank you!

I've checked them all out, and found this very useful resource as well: Dresses With Pockets


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 04:25 AM

oops, I forgot to add this Of All the Ways Clothing Is Gendered, Pockets Are the Most Ridiculous


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 02:43 AM

speaking of pockets, they have been all over Sydney & Australian radio this week since Kaz Cooke released her latest book - You're Doing it Wrong. A history of bad & bonkers advice to women Amongst the questions is this one - As a woman, why can’t I find an item of clothing with real pockets?

Kaz is also on twittter @reallykazcooke

VIDEO: Author Kaz Cooke serves up the ridiculous myths told to women

Back in the 80's my friend's 2 year old daughter demanded pockets in all her clothing, & of course grew into a stylish woman, not a dedicated follower of (transient) fashion, but a woman with her own style & proper pockets in all her clothes!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Nov 21 - 11:05 PM

I've always been a major fan of Gollum in The Hobbit, who referred to them as pocketses.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pocketses


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 12 Nov 21 - 05:20 PM

Thanks, leeneia. It IS a remarkably complex plot for a ballad (which is why the original was 50+ verses). Apparently it was the type of ballad that the professional minstrels did, rather than the punters.

I'm a major fan of pockets myself, so much so that the last time I bought jeans (which had pockets made of material that quickly wore out and developed holes that let through coins and keys, and were so stupidly small that folded money tended to climb out of them), I took them to a seamstress and had them replaced with nice deep pockets made of a nice strong material (the kind that are standard on my husband's trousers). It was well worth it, as they're deep enough that I can get away without carrying a handback most of the time.

That said, I must confess it was my husband who gave me the idea to put the desire for pockets in the song, as when I was working on it I told him it was the ballad with the "what women want" riddle, and he immediately said "Dresses with pockets!". (My husband... I think I'll keep him! ;-) )


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 12 Nov 21 - 01:30 PM

That's a remarkably complex plot for a ballad. There's nothing wrong with that, I'm just observing.

Vikki, you have touched on a truth which needs more acknowledgement in our world. Women need pockets. I always try to have at least one pocket in my clothes. A breast pocket is so useful to hold the glasses that I take off and put on several times a day. A pants pocket is good for the tissue without which no real lady starts her day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 10 Nov 21 - 07:19 PM

OK, this one needs a bit of background, unless you're already familiar with the plot of Child Ballad 31, "The Marriage of Sir Gawain".

Here's a summary:
Arthur, apparently some day after Christmas, had been encountered at Tarn Wadling, in the forest of Inglewood, by a bold baron armed with a club, who offered him the choice of fighting, or ransoming himself by coming back on New Year's day and bringing word what women most desire. Arthur puts this question in all quarters, and having collected many answers, in which, possibly, he had little confidence, he rides to keep his day. On the way he meets a frightfully ugly woman; she intimates that she could help him. Arthur promises her Gawain in marriage, if she will, and she imparts to him the right answer. Arthur finds the baron waiting for him at the tarn, and presents first the answers which he had collected and written down. These are contemptuously rejected. Arthur then says that he had met a lady on a moor, who had told him that a woman would have her will. The baron says that the misshapen lady on the moor was his sister, and he will burn her if he can get hold of her. Upon Arthur's return he tells his knights that he has a wife for one of them, and they ride with the king to see her, or perhaps for her to make her choice. When they see the bride, they decline the match in vehement terms, all but Gawain, who is somehow led to waive "a little foul sight and misliking." She is bedded in all her repulsiveness, and turns to a beautiful young woman. To try Gawain's compliance further, she asks him whether he will have her in this likeness by night only or only by day. Putting aside his own preference, Gawain leaves the choice to her, and this is all that is needed to keep her perpetually beautiful. For a stepmother had witched her to go on the wild moor in that fiendly shape until she should meet some knight who would let her have all her will. Her brother, under a like spell, was to challenge men either to fight with him at odds or to answer his hard question. (source – and more info – here: http://71.174.62.16/Demo/LongerHarvest?Text=ChildRef_31 – part of an extremely useful index of the Child Ballads by Ed de Moel)

With that out of the way, here are the words for my re-working of Child 31. I call it "Sir Gav Gets Hitched" ;-).

Sir Gav Gets Hitched
©Vikki Appleton Fielden

"Hey Arfur," said his cousin Gav
"You're lookin' kinda down
Is something wrong? What happened when
You partied in Carlisle town?"
"Oh Gavin, you would not believe
The trouble I am in
I got so drunk I made a bet
I don't think I can win

"Some spotty kid harassed me and when
He threw down the gauntlet
I could not resist, and said
I knew what women wan-ted
"I've really no idea, of course
There is no man who does
But I'll be bankrupt if I don't
Give him an answer, cuz"

But Gavin said, "Do not lose hope
No point in being bitter
Just ask your friends – the female ones
On Facebook and on Twitter"
So Arfur took this good advice
And of women did inquire, all
Before he went to bed that night
And of course his post went viral

So many answers did he get
And no two were the same
But one did stand out from the rest
For its author did proclaim,
"I know who asked this question, Guv
I know the answer, too
But I want something in return:
A man who will be true"

Although she looked a little fey
Our man said, "You're in luck
Me cousin Gav's a lovely guy
I'm sure you'll want to... marry!"
She told him just what words to say
And off he went to meet
The spotty kid on New Year's Day
On a dark, deserted street

He tried some other answers first
His cousin for to spare
But in the end it was no use
And so he did declare (big breath)
The thing that women really want
Should not come as a shock, it's
Simply to have their own will –
And dresses that have pockets!

His enemy said things obscene
And proceeded to complain
"I bet my bloody sister snitched
She really is a pain
Although I'm bound to let you go
You now are in her debt
But if I get my hands on her,
Her words she will regret"

Then Arfur and his crew rejoiced
And went to see this dame
With Gav in tow, to be her beau
His passion to proclaim
When they arrived they were surprised
For there in scarlet clad
The bride-to-be they did agree
Was a very lovely lad

Sir Kay exclaimed in great dismay
But Sir Gav said "Don't be cruel.
I think you'll find I'm so inclined
And everything is cool."
The bride did coo "Now will you choose
For what fate am I bound?
A lass by day, and a lad at night –
Or the other way around?"

Then Gav replied "I cannot decide
For I'm happy either way
And was it you I walked beside
At the Pride March Saturday?"
"Oh, yes," they said, "and with those words
You have made things better still,
For you have healed my mother's curse
When you gave me all my will."

And now these two are so in love
It is time to end this tale
Let us all be kind to those we find
And may love never fail
And if someone should ask you what
A woman's heart requires
Just remember that it's pockets in
A dress she most desires

You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/user-878817332/sir-gav-gets-hitched-child-ballad-31

Superb medieval-sounding guitar part devised and played by the excellent Lynne Morley.
All other instruments played by the brilliant Jon Loomes, who also engineered the sound.
BIG thanks to Lynne & Jon for making this track sound so fabulously medieval! They're both also on SoundCloud, so do check them out.

Note: This was written for Thank Goodness It's Folk, Sheffield's wonderful local folk radio show, at the request of James Fagan, for their weekly spot which focuses on a different Child Ballad each week (brilliantly named "Friday's Child", because the programme airs every Friday). There are some ballads that have not been recorded much/at all, and/or have some problematic content, so James put out a call to see if anyone could help out by writing/recording new versions (starting with Child 30, "King Arthur and King Cornwall", which resulted in some excellent new songs/interpretations). James suggested I have a go at Child 31 the following week (I think because it's a bit misogynistic), put me in touch with Jon Loomes, and this song was the result.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 21 - 05:40 PM

Just added this on the Lyr req: Londonderry Air thread, and thought I might as well post it here as well, while I'm at it...

I wrote this one a few years ago (not really sure how long ago, so the date below is a guess), just for fun. Thought of the pun and wrote the rest of the song to make it work; it's in Franglais:

London Derrière
© Vikki Appleton Fielden (~2015?)

When Ah was young
Ah left mah 'ome in gay Paris
Ah crossed La Manche
To leeve in Angleterre
To mah soorpreeze
Zee lovely girls of Lohndohn
Sont tres gentil
Et belle beyond compare

So when Ah go to bed
Mah rose Anglaise
Oh voulez vous
Ahccompahnee me zayre
For zo j'adore
Les jolies filles Francaises
Zere's nossing cahn soorpass
a London derriere

(For those who may not know, "la Manche"("the sleeve") is what the French call the English Channel, Angleterre = England and Anglaise = English woman.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 09 Oct 21 - 07:02 PM

Thank you very much, leeneia!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 02 Oct 21 - 10:36 PM

Thanks for two more fine songs, Vikki.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 29 Sep 21 - 08:24 PM

Thanks, Sandra!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Sep 21 - 11:44 PM

well, done!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 28 Sep 21 - 07:11 PM

In March 2018, Sergei and Yulia Skripal – and a police officer – were hospitalised in Salisbury, UK, after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. (In June, two more people were hospitalised (one of whom died) after finding a discarded perfume bottle which had contained Novichok).

I wrote this parody in September, after UK authorities charged two Russian nationals with the poisoning. These men – and the Russian government – claimed they were being unfairly maligned; they were simply innocent sports nutritionists on holiday, visiting Salisbury in order to see the historic cathedral's famous spire, although they never quite managed to get there. Apparently, they had trouble finding it (even though it's so tall it can be seen from anywhere in the town), zig-zagging all over the city, then abruptly cutting short their visit – because the weather was too nasty (Russians being very unused to harsh weather, natch!).


Are You Going to Salisbury Town?
©Vikki Appleton Fielden, Sept 2018
TTO Scarborough Fair

Are you going to Salisbury town?
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
We look for friend to show us around
He once was a comrade of mine

We come on holiday, just to admire
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
One hundred twenty-three-metre spire
He once was a comrade of mine

Spire much harder to find than we thought
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
We spend two days taking 'special' shortcut
He once was a comrade of mine

Weather so bad we decide not to go
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
Russians not used to half-inch of snow
He once was a comrade of mine

I am a simple man – just ask my wife
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
Sports nutrition is my whole life!
He once was a comrade of mine

This all so silly – what is big fuss?
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
Hey, why you not feel sorry for us?
He once was a comrade of mine

And if you still think we telling you lie
Ricin, novichok and strychnine
Here is good perfume that you must try
He once was a comrade of mine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 19 Sep 21 - 01:48 AM

I sang this during Monday's (13th Sept) Mudcat Worldwide Sing. It's a fairly new song, just written this past August, about the steel town I now live in and love, and its rich industrial and musical heritage.

Sheffield Sings
©Vikki Appleton Fielden, August 2021

The music of Sheffield begins with the rivers
Porter Brook, Rivelin, Loxley and Sheaf
They meet in the Don and they daily deliver
The power that brought Sheffield glory and grief

chorus
Sheffield sings with mills and mettle
Open hearths and open hearts
Forging songs of love and sorrow
Burnishing the flats and sharps


The music of Shepherd Wheel turns with the story
Of men doubled over to grind Sheffield blades
Crucible steel sounds a fiery new anthem
Tempering tunes and transposing the trades

chorus

The music of war brought a new pride and purpose
Bugles and marching and medals in bronze
Factory girls making bullets and ammo
Stealing the thunder from siren and bomb

chorus

The music of forges and factories faded
Leaving their hallmark on all who remain
But even the silence belongs to the symphony
Soon we'll be singing and blooming again

Sheffield sings with mills and mettle
Open hearths and open hearts
Forging songs of love and sorrow
Burnishing the flats and sharps
Forging songs of love and sorrow
Burnishing the flats and sharps



Rough recording of me singing it here: https://soundcloud.com/user-878817332/sheffield-sings


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 10 Sep 21 - 10:43 PM

Thanks very much, leeneia!

Interesting theory about Murdoch. My own theory is that he simply doesn't care who he hurts or how much damage he does, as long as he's making money.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 08 Sep 21 - 10:07 AM

Good for you, Vikki. That's very hard-hitting.

My own theory about Murdoch and the foxes is that Murdoch is jealous of America. Jealousy is the crazy emotion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 07 Sep 21 - 06:42 PM

Sang this song during the Mudcat Worldwide Sing a few weeks ago, but forgot to post the words here. (As it happens, I've just (as of 31st August) released it as a single – the first time I've actually released something I've written! Which is why I was so busy I forgot to post it here...)

It refers to the old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times", and explores the idea that there may be more than one kind of "infection" to blame for our current "interesting times".

I wrote it so I could enter it in the 2020 John Birmingham Cup songwriting competiton, which was online and (for the first time) requested that entries be on a specific subject: the year 2020 (it received an honourable mention).

Interesting Times
© Vikki Appleton Fielden, Aug 2020

It's in the air, it's everywhere
My love, we live in interesting times
And anyone at all can share it
Alas, we live in interesting times

SOME are worried, call for change
Others laugh and see no danger

If you got gold, you can buy the news
And facts can be whatever you choose

The world is burnin' up with fevers,
Shakin' with storms and hellish leaders

The real disease ain't nothin' new
It's been around longer than me and you

Friends, the cure we really need
Is for hate and fear and lies and greed

Feeling hopeless? That's too easy
There's work to do, so let's get busy
And let us end these interesting times
There's work to do, so let's get busy
And let us end these interesting times

You can listen to (or even buy ;-) ) the song on Bandcamp – or pretty much any streaming service.

Interesting Times video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFIUB05cR9w
The video of me is from a recording session at Abbey Road Studios in July '21; the graffiti in the video is on a looong wall a few minutes' walk from where I live in Sheffield.

(And while I'm plugging stuff... I may as well mention that I've finally got 'round to doing a website for myself: https://yorkshireyankee.com)

This is the kind of song that's easy to 'update' by adding new verses, so here are some new ones that aren't on the recording:

The PM lies, the press salute
The fields are full of rotting fruit

The NHS is on its knees
The Yanks will buy it, piece by piece

The numbers spike and Twitter sings
The problem here is not the 'ping'

If no-one believes your votes were stolen
Tell Fox News to do some trollin'

The icecaps melt, Australia burns
The forest shrinks, the plague returns

Our troops in Kabul wave goodbye
While those who helped us stay and die


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 10 Jun 21 - 04:54 PM

Here you go, Moorley Man...

The Mother’s Story
©~Feb 2012 Vikki Appleton Fielden

Once I had a bonny daughter
Many suitors sought her hand
Pure of heart and fair of face
Her fame it spread throughout the land

chorus:
(Oh) Cold the wind (and) cruel the sea
That carried o’er the sailor lad
Who stole my daughter away from me


One fine day she met a sailor
Bold and handsome, strong & brave
Speaking words as sweet as honey
And to him her heart she gave

chorus

So the wedding bans were posted
And the couple made their plans
Every morning as they walked
Together across the harbour’s sands

chorus

Then one morning, oh so early
A young sailor did appear
Shot my daughter and her lover
While his crew and captain cheered

chorus

Since I lost my bonny daughter
Here in Bedlam I remain
All because she loved a sailor
William Taylor was his name


Written because it seems rather unfair to me that William Taylor's old girl friend shoots the new one (fair enough if she wants to shoot him! ;-) ), as it's highly unlikely the new sweetheart would be aware of the previous one.)

Very rough recording of me singing it here: https://soundcloud.com/user-878817332/the-mothers-story


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 26 May 21 - 07:42 PM

Thank you very much leeneia and gillymor!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: gillymor
Date: 25 May 21 - 12:43 PM

I haven't read everything here but the first two songs posted are absolute gems, well done.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 25 May 21 - 12:33 PM

Another fine song, Vikki. Thanks.


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Subject: ADD: Do You Love an Orange? (Yorkshire Yankee)
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 24 May 21 - 07:36 PM

Do You Love an Orange?
to the tune of Do You Love an Apple?
new words ©Vikki Appleton Fielden

Just over six years ago (on 22nd May 2015) the Irish held a referendum on gay marriage, which passed – with 62% of voters in favour (on a turnout of 61%). When I went to my fourth Sunday pub sing that evening (at Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield), one of my friends said, "I wish we had a song we could sing to celebrate the result!"

So I had a bit of a think, and wrote this (with a nod to Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit):

DO YOU LOVE AN ORANGE?
(Vikki Appleton Fielden)

Do you love an orange, do you love a pear?
Do you think allowing gay marriage is fair?
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows

We used to be Catholic, at mass every day
But now the hypocrisy gets in our way
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows

When we were all children, we bought what they said
That only a man and a woman could wed
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows

Now that we're older, we're sure God must feel
That any love's worthy as long as it's real
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows

And why should we say any love deserves shame
When hate, greed and cruelty cause so much pain
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows

Do you love an orange, do you love a pear?
Do you think allowing gay marriage is fair?
Oh, yes we know love, We'll not deny love
We'll vote for love wherever it grows


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 17 May 21 - 07:55 PM

Thanks, Leeneia!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 11 May 21 - 01:22 PM

Good work, Vikki.


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Subject: ADD: Get Your Vaccination (Yorkshire Yankee)
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 09 May 21 - 04:10 PM

I wrote this a couple of months ago, persuaded a few friends to help me sing it and got a couple of pros to help me record it and produce a video: "Come On Baby, Get Your Vaccination"
I'm very pleased with how it turned out!


GET YOUR VACCINATION
to the tune of "The Locomotion" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
new words ©Vikki Appleton Fielden, 15 March 2021         

Everybody's talkin' bout this brand new jab now
Come on baby, get your vaccination
Kudos to the people workin' in the lab now
Come on baby, get your vaccination

Do it for your granny, for your family and friends
'Cos that's the only way this nasty virus will end, so
Come on, come on, get your vaccination with me

You gotta make that call now
Come on, baby, sign up... relax
Well I think that you're on track

After you have done it you will feel so good, yeah (BREATHE!)
Come on baby, get your vaccination
You know you'll wanna tell it to the whole neighborhood, yeah
Come on baby, get your vaccination

It really is so easy now, it won't be long
Til Covid disappears and we can sing a song, so
Come on, come on, get your vaccination with me

And then we'll lose those masks, yeah
Come on, baby, roll up... your sleeve
And a gift you will receive

When it's fin'ly over and the job is done, yeah (BREATHE!)
Come on baby, get your vaccination
We'll get to sing and dance again and have some fun, yeah
Come on baby, get your vaccination

We'll get to live our lives again, and have no fear
We'll see a show and hug our friends and shed a tear, so
Come on, come on, get your vaccination
Come on, come on, get your vaccination
Come on, come on, get your vaccination today


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 12 Apr 21 - 09:00 PM

Adding the song I sang during the Mudcat zoom this evening...

I wrote this in the spring of 2017, after reading about a beautiful golden beach that had disappeared and then returned – after 33 years – to the town of Dooagh on the tiny island of Achill (pronounced Ack-ill) off the coast of Ireland. If you're intrigued, there's more info in this article, and photos, too.

I started to muse about where the beach might have gone to on its 'holiday' had a look (thanks to Google) at various maps of the world's ocean currents, and came up with a route that this beach might have traveled...

Wave Goodbye
©April 2017 Vikki Appleton Fielden

My name is such a mouthful that I pray you call me Sandy
My home's a tiny village where the tides they love to tarry
I there resided gladly for more years than can be counted
Until one day I ran away to see the world about me

Chorus:
Wave goodbye, wave hello
There are so many places to go
Wave goodbye, wave hello
You're always welcome home


I hitched a tide to Iceland, then to Greenland made my way
And drifted continental to a Caribbean bay
I surfed the South Atlantic, took a quick Antarctic tour... 'til
Pacific currents left me Russian for Alaska's shore

Chorus

I sang a song in Singapore, Australia was a blast
I rolled around South Africa, Sahara waved me past
But then in southern Europe I began to miss my home
After three-and-thirty years upon the roam

Chorus

For in 1984 I left my home on Ireland's coast
I hear they missed me greatly, though I know I shouldn't boast
So in 2017 I caught an April storm and then
How the town of Dooagh cheered to have a golden beach again

Chorus

My name is such a mouthful that I pray you call me Sandy
My home is Achill Island where the tides they love to tarry
I've played the wild rover and around the world migrated
But now I'm back where I belong, my wanderlust abated

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 05:22 AM

Thanks, Gerry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: GerryM
Date: 10 Apr 21 - 12:08 AM

"s.o.e." = "SomeOne Else".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 10:39 PM

Very interesting, Steve, thanks. (I don't know what "s.o.e." stands for, though.)
The tune is the same as Rolling Home; I don't know John personally, so I don't know if an email from me would get through...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 09:39 AM

Okay, Vikki
I believe a parody is counted as an original composition so the text is fine. However if the tune is as one presumes the same, we would need permission to record that, and presumably you singing it. Regarding localised placenames in Sheffield, that's all fine too. If any explanation is needed that comes in the provenance notes. Once you or s.o.e. has got permission to use the tune from John, unless of course it's a traditional tune, which I don't think it is.(then we'll need to get it recorded). The verse tune is quite close to one of those tunes used for 'The Dolphin' with a different rhythm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: r.padgett
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 02:23 AM

Yes Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern ~ referred to as KIT and

Shakespeare(Gibraltar Street) all quite close to each other ~ all folkie pubs ~

Kelham Island Industrial Museum with its iron and steel exhibits worth a look if visiting

Sheffield has in the past suffered some high flooding levels ~ hopefully sorted now

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 10:09 PM

Hi leeneia! That's odd, as I've just copy-pasted the link and it works when I do that. (It also works when my husband tries it.) It is a link to a post in the Mudcat group on fb, so if you don't do fb, maybe that's why? Anyway, if you PM me your @ddress, I'd be happy to send you an mp3.

Steve, I've thought of something I've written that might qualify as a Yorkshire song... inspired by the Sheffield flooding of 2007. Only problem is that it's a parody – of John Tams' wonderful Rolling Home. He is aware of it, thanks to a friend of mine who sent it to him (without telling me) and has given me his blessing – verbally, though not in writing, so he may or may not remember doing so at this point. But it's not entirely original, so may not truly qualify...

Rowing Home
with apologies to John Tams
new words ©July 2007 Vikki Appleton Fielden

There goes the River Don, luv,
Just watch it bloody rise
There’s a place we go to sleep each night,
Waits on the other side
There’ll be p’lice & mud aplenty,
And Skodas in the foam
As we go rowing home,
As we go rowing home

CHORUS:
Rowing home, as we go rowing home,
When we go rowing, rowing,
As we go rowing home.


From Meadowhall to Brightside,
The helicopters roar
The river tops The Wicker,
And tide’s in down Shalesmoor
There are no trams or buses,
Or taxis we can phone
So we’ll go rowing home,
We will go rowing home

CHORUS

They kicked us out of Fatcat*,
Although the beer weren’t gone
They said it were not safe no more,
Though we had us wellies on
So it’s a little damp, miluv
There’s still no need to moan
As long as tap still flows,
We won’t be rowing home

CHORUS

The rain is on my hedgerow...
So is the River Don
And now I can go fishing
Where once I mowed the lawn
So Walkley’s lost their power
I’ve lost me garden gnome!
I hope it’s rowing home,
I hope it’s rowing home

CHORUS

So Summer’s brought us flooding
Now winter drought has passed
If this i’n’t global warming,
George Bush can kiss my... knee
If we don’t pull together,
We’ll reap what we have sown
As we go rowing home,
As we go rowing home

CHORUS

*If singing for people who don't know Sheffield, substitute "pub, lads" for "Fatcat".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 12:39 AM

AAAGRHH! The video is unavailable.

I love the song True Love.


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