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Cliff McGann 28 Jul 97 - 10:52 PM
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Subject: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Cliff McGann
Date: 28 Jul 97 - 10:52 PM

Heard this song by Englishman Vin Garbutt about how this monkey ends up being hung because the townsfolk ended up mistaking it for Napolean. Hilarious song. Never been able to find the words for it. Any help?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY
From: Catfeet
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 12:03 PM

It's actually called THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY, but I couldn't find it in the DT either, so here goes it. ^^ Well, it's up and up in Hartlepool about the time of France,
The Emperor Napoleon was leading all the dance,
When up along the coast came a British man-o-war
And the captain’s own good monkey got washed up on the shore.

CHORUS: Singing old folks, young folks, every man and beast
Have come to see the Frenchie who's landed on the beach.
He's got long arms and a great long tail and he's covered down in hair.
We think that he's a spy, so we'll hang him in the square!

Now the Lord Mayor of Hartlepool was walking down the shore
When he saw this funny thing he'd never seen before.
A-sitting in the sand was a little hairy man,
Clutching a banana in his little hairy hand.

Well the Lord Mayor fetched the Town Clerk who hurried to the shore.
There they found this little man where he had been before.
And a crowd had gathered 'round him 'cause he was the strangest sight
Since the Sporting Club got fired on the previous Friday Night!

Now, Constable Parsons, he hurried to the scene.
He viewed the situation and he licked his pencil clean.
He said, "Causing a disturbance is a serious offence
And every thing you say, it will go down in evidence!”

Well, when this little man spoke, a funny thing was heard,
And Constable parsons couldn't understand a word.
But the reason for his puzzlement the crowd could plainly see:
This little man's a foreigner from far across the sea!

So they hung... hung... this little Frenchie from the gallows in the town
With a rope... rope... around his little necky-weck, and his tail all hanging down
As a warning to Napoleon to make himself a rule
And not to send his little hairy spies to dear old Hartlepool!

Here are some sleeve notes: The song was written in the early sixties by Tee-sider Alan Wilkenson. It's the true story of how, during the Napoleonic wars, the people of Hartlepool tried and hanged a monkey as a French spy.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 18-Mar-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY (Alan Wilkinson)
From: Rick
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 12:05 PM

The Hartlepool Monkey (Alan Wilkinson)

Chorus:

Singing old folk, young folk everyone to the beach
Come and see the Frenchie who's landed on the beach
He's got long arms and a great long tail and he's covered all in hair
We think that he's a spy so we'll hang him in the square

More to follow....


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Rick
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 12:11 PM

Catfeet - obviously faster than my fingers...

Thanks for the obvious correction to the chorus first line. I think the first verse first line should be

Well it happened up in Hartlepool...

but Vin's accent is pretty difficult.

The monkey legend is fascinating, although I was told by a local Hartlepool historian many years ago that there is no proof of the hanged object being an ape - it is as likely to have been a local smuggler from the Monkey gang who were apparently notorious wreckers along the north east coast in Napoleonic times.

Cheers

Rick.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Catfeet
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 12:11 PM

Sorry about that, Mudcat was having a hard time submitting the message. Ah, the wonders of living in a technological society...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY
From:
Date: 17 Aug 98 - 02:42 AM

The Hartlepool Monkey

The best known tradition and legend associated with the fishermen of Hartlepool is the story of the hanging of the monkey. Tradition attributes this legend to the Napoleonic wars at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was a December day and the coast at Hartlepool was subject to a heavy battering of gales and snow, through which a French vessel called the Chasse Maree could be vaguely seen just off the Hartlepool headland.

The fisherfolk of Hartlepool fearing an invasion kept a close watch on the French vessel as it struggled against the storm but when the vessel was severely battered and sorrowful looking survivor, the ship's pet monkey dressed to amuse in a military style uniform.

The fishermen apparently questioned the monkey and held a beach-based trial. Unfamiliar with what a Frenchman looked like they came to the conclusion that this monkey was a French spy and should be sentenced to death. The unfortunate creature was to die by hanging, with the mast of a fishing boat (a coble) providing a convenient gallows.sunk they turned their attention to the wreckage washed ashore. Among the wreckage lay one wet and

In former times, when war and strife
The French invasion threatened life
An' all was armed to the knife
The Fisherman hung the monkey O!

The Fishermen with courage high,
Seized on the monkey for a French spy;
"Hang him!" says one; "he's to die."
They did and they hung the monkey Oh!

They tried every means to make him speak
And tortured the monkey till loud he did speak;
Says yen, "That’s French.” Says another, "It’s Greek,"
For the fishermen had got druncky oh!

HTML line breaks added in place of double spacing. --JoeClone, 18-Mar-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY
From: Pelrad
Date: 20 Aug 99 - 10:27 PM

Hmm. Here's the version I learned from Tom Goux and Jacek Sulanowski. Some of the wording is slightly different from the version posted above. I'm not sure where Jacek learned it from, but their sources are usually respectable.

Well it happened in old Hartlepool about the time of France.
The Emperor Napoleon was leading us a dance.
Along our shore came a British Man-O-War,
And the Captain's pet monkey was washed upon the shore.

The Lord Mayor of Hartlepool was walking on the shore
When he saw a funny sight he had never seen before
There was a little fellow sitting on the sand
Holding a banana in his tiny, hairy hand.

CHO:
Old folks, young folks, every one and each
Come and see the Frenchy that's landed on the beach.
He's got long arms, a great long tail and he's covered all in hair.
We think that he's a spy, so we'll hang him in the Square.

The Lord Mayor told the Town Clerk, who hurried to the shore
To see this little fellow where he'd been seen before.
A crowd had gathered 'round, for he was the funniest sight
Since the timber yard had burnt down the previous Friday night.

Constable Parsons came upon the scene:
He took out his notebook and he licked his pencil clean.
Causing a disturbance is a serious offense!
Anything you say will be used as evidence.

CHO

Well when the little fellow spoke, a funny thing was heard.
Constable Parsons couldn't understand a word.
The reason for his puzzlement the Clerk could plainly see:
"The little man's a foreigner, from far across the sea!"

"The little man's a SPY!" The angry crowd did roar,
"Sent by Napoleon to our native shore!"
They grabbed the little fellow by his long hairy tail,
And gave him to the copper, who threw him in the jail.

CHO

They hung the little fellow from a gallows in the town,
A rope all 'round his neck, and his tail all hanging down.
A lesson to Napoleon to make himself a rule:
Never send his hairy spies to old Hartlepool!

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 18-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Jonathan
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 05:38 AM

A word of caution to would-be researchers; the folk of Hartlepool are a wee bit touchy on this subject, so don't ask about monkey hanging down at the pub!

Mind you, I think I might be a bit pissed off if all the folk from neighbouring towns laughed like a drain every time my town got mentioned, so I can sympathise. J.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FISHERMEN HUNG THE MONKEY, O!
From: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
Date: 13 Jun 00 - 02:02 PM

From Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings. With Lives, Portraits, and Autographs of the Writers, and Notes on the Songs. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: T. & G. Allan, 1891.

THE FISHERMEN HUNG THE MONKEY, O!
[Edward Corvan]
^^

"The Fishermen hung the Monkey, O!" These words are the greatest insult you can offer to the Hartlepool fishermen. It is supposed when Napoleon the Great threatened to invade England the Fishermen were loyal and patriotic, and ever on the look-out for spies. A vessel having been wrecked about this time, all on board perished with the exception of a monkey, which was seized by the fishermen for a French spy, and hung because he could not or would not speak English.—Author’s Note.

TUNE—"The Tinker's Wedding."


IN former times, 'mid war an' strife,
When French invashin threatened life,
An' all was arm'd te the knife,
    The Fishermen hung the Monkey, O!
The fishermen, wi' courage high,
Seized the Monkey for a spy.
Hang him says yen, says another he'll die;
    They did, an' they hung the Monkey O!

Chorus.
(To sympathise with the unfortunate Monkey, altogether.)

Dooram, dooram, dooram, da, etc.

They tried ivery means te myek him speak,
They tortor'd the Monkey tiv he loud did squeak;
Says yen that's French, says anuther it's Greek,
    For the Fishermen then gat drunkey, O!
He's all ower hair sum cheps did cry,
E'en up te summic cute an' sly;
Wiv a cod's heed then they closed an eye,
    Afore they hung the Monkey, O!

Spoken.—Ladies an' cheps, a chorus this time to mark our disapprobashin o' the Pugnaeshis Fishermen for closin' the ogle ov the unfortunate monkey.

Dooram, etc.

Some the Monkey's fate they did bewail,
For all the speechless pug had his tail (tale),
He'd been better off i' Durham jail,
    For the Monkey wis tornin funkey, O!
They said he myed some curose mugs,
When they shaved his head an' cut off his lugs,
Sayin' that's the game for French humbugs,
    Afore they hung the Monkey, O!

Spoken.—Chorus in considerashin of the removal and total annihilashin of the Monkey's auricular organ by all those who have an ear for gorilla sensashins.

Dooram, etc.

Hammer his ribs, the thunerin thief,
Pummel his pyet weel wi' yor neef,
He's landed here for nobbit grief,
    He's aud Napoleon's Uncky, O!
Thus to the Monkey all hands behaved,
Cut off his whiskers one chep raved;
Another bawled oot he's never been shaved,
    So they commenced to scrape the Monkey, O!

Chorus.
(After the style of "Lather and shave 'em.")

Dooram, etc.

Now let us hope that ever at sea
We'll still maintain sovereignty,
May France and England long agree,
    An' nivor at each other get funkey, O!
As regards poor Pug aw've had my say,
His times they've past for mony a day,
But in Hartlepool, noo, thou'll hear lads say—

Spoken.—Aw asy, Mistor, mother says it, she telled me te ax ye, te tell me te tell her; if ye tell me,—aw say, Mistor, can ye tell us—

(Sings)—Whe hung the Monkey, O?

Dooram, etc.

CORVAN. Author’s Manuscript, 1862.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHO HUNG THE MONKEY?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 13 Jun 00 - 02:56 PM

I have a version in Everymans Book of British Balads (edited by Roy Palmer) called "Who Hung the Monkey?" which is similar to Conrad's. It has no chorus but it has an extra verse before the last verse in Conrad's version:

5 Then they put him on a grid-iron hot:
The monkey then quite lively got;
He grinned his teeth at all the lot
And rolled his eyes quite spunky, 0!
Then a fisherman up to poor pug goes,
Saying, 'Let's hang him at once to end his woes';
The monkey flew at him and bit off his nose,
Then they off to the Moor with the monkey, 0!

Jon


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL SPY (Michael B. Williams)
From: GUEST,Jim I
Date: 13 Jun 00 - 06:33 PM

A friend of mine some years ago was struggling to find this song but without success. In the end he wrote his own version.

The Hartlepool Spy (Michael B.Williams)

(to the tune of Villikins and his Dinah)^^

1. Come all ye brave fellows and listen to me
I'll tell of a castaway washed in from sea
With a jacket of blue and a face like a dog
An obvious spy, Yes, a manifest Frog

Chorus: Too-ra-loo, Too-ra-leye
Yes, this is the tale of the Hartlepool spy

2. All dripping and wet he crawls slowly ashore
The locals are waiting - a hundred or more
The men they all shudder, the women all wail
They can see he's a Frenchman, he's got a long tail

3. They question him sternly in Hartlepool-speak
The poor little wretch gives a desperate squeak
"A real Johnny Crappo" the crowd they all cry
"A Jacobin Frenchman, a Froggie - a SPY"

4. "Oh! We've got a gallows and we've got a rope
Speak up quickly Froggie, it is your last hope"
The castaway waves both his arms in the air
"He talks like a Frenchman!" the crowd they declare

5. They agree then to hang him by popular vote
Stand him under the gallows, a rope round his throat
"You've now had your trial and the verdict is fair"
And they haul on the rope, swing him up in the air

6. "Oh! That's not a Frenchman" a late comer cries
"It's a poor bloody monkey, not a Frog in disguise"
The locals explain 'twas an honest mistake
And one that they feel any Briton could make


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
Date: 13 Jun 00 - 07:04 PM

a tune might be helpful-anyone have it? abc ok!

Conrad


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 08:44 AM

A friend of mine(originally from Hartlepool) is looking for more information on Alan Wilkinson and his song. Did he do any other songs/poems? Is he still alive? Can he be contacted?

Hope there's someone out there can help.

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Quincy
Date: 18 Oct 00 - 03:17 PM

Had to mention the comedian's contribution from the tv last night...he said, imagine the poor monkey being escorted through the town to the gallows. On reaching them, he looked up at the rope hanging and thought,

"Who's stole the tyre off the end of that???!!"

Sorry couldn't resist it, best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Gervase
Date: 27 Oct 00 - 05:02 AM

Poor old Hartlepool. First it gets the monkey jokes, and then it gets Peter Mandelson as its MP.
At the risk of serious thread creep, the urbane and sophisticated Northern Ireland secretary and bon viveur was said once to be campaigning on the stump in Hartlepool when it was suggested he might like to show his street cred by popping into the local chippie for a pennorth of scratchings or what-have-you.
Mandy glances along the serving counter and his eyes alight on a bowl of green goo.
"Ah, so you have guacamole here too?" says Mandy to the bafflement of all.
"No mate, them's mushy peas," was the cruel but honest retort from the man behind the counter.
The tale's almost certainly apocryphal, but for anyone who knows Mandelson and Hartlepool (an unlikely pairing), it's priceless.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,PKD on Teesside
Date: 27 Oct 00 - 08:18 AM

If you go to the Hartlepool Folk Club in the Causeway next to Camerons brewery on any Sunday night, you will see the monkey hanging from a rope in the corner of the room.

Cheers

Paul


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Long Firm Freddie (at work)
Date: 27 Oct 00 - 08:26 AM

Apparently local footy supporters regularly taunt visiting Hartlepool United fans with chants of "Who hung the monkey?".

I always liked Vin Gabutt's T-Shirt, which had a silhouette of a monkey on a gallows, and underneath it bore the legend "Songs for Swinging Primates".

LFF


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Snuffy
Date: 28 Oct 00 - 12:35 PM

Does nobody know anything about Alan Wilkinson?

Vin Garbutt was unable to help.

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: John Routledge
Date: 28 Oct 00 - 02:02 PM

A modern Music Hall style of entertainer Little Billy Fane adds another dimension to the song:

"Some people are uncharitable enough to suggest that the monkey took one look at Hartlepool and then committed suicide.A`m sayin nowt."

Geordie Broon.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 00 - 03:04 PM

still no tune for this song? CB


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Sapper_RE
Date: 28 Oct 00 - 06:09 PM

Gervase. I recently went to a friend's barbie where they actually had some guacamole. After trying it I must say that I'd prefer pie & mushy peas any day to that revolting muck!! Bob


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Gervase
Date: 29 Oct 00 - 08:10 AM

Bob,
I'm with you on that, unless the green goo's got masses of garlic in it - enough to keep any passing vampire gagging!.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: NH Dave
Date: 29 Oct 00 - 02:46 PM

I haven't seen any tune listed but it looks as if it could be sung to the tune of the song variously known as "Darkey Sunday School" or Come to our Sunday School" depending on how PC you are when you sing (or how PC your venues are.)

Dave


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,Murray on Saltspring
Date: 29 Oct 00 - 09:19 PM

The sad story might not just be a Hartlepool one--I heard one time a fellow from Aberdeenshire sing (to the tune of "The Tinkler's Waddin", a fragment ending "The Boddamers hung the monkey, oh!" -- Boddam being a town just south of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY (Alan Wilkinson)
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 May 01 - 10:38 AM

We' ve finally found Alan Wilkinson - the Hartlepool United fanzine put out an appeal for info and the man himself replied as follows:
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 3:00 PM
Subject: Song "Hartlepool Monkey"

Lo,
I am he!

I wrote the song when I was a member of the Teesside Fettlers folk group (best known members were Ron Angel and - now Radio Cleveland's Stuart McFarlane - "Big Mac").

As far as I can remember, the words are more or less as I wrote them, but here, anyway, is a more "original" version based on my memory:

The Hartlepool Monkey
By Alan Wilkinson

Well, it happened up in Hartlepool, about the time that France,
And the Emperor Napoleon were leading us a dance,
The Froggies took the crew of a British man of war,
But the captain's pet monkey got washed up on the shore.
Chorus: Old folks, young folks, everyone and each,
Come and see the Frenchie who's landed on the beach,
He's got long arms, a great long tail, he's covered all in hair,
We think that he's a spy so we'll hang him in the square.
The Lord Mayor of Hartlepool was walking on the shore,
When he came upon a funny sight, he'd never seen before,
A hairy little man was sitting in the sand,
Holding a banana in his hairy little hand.

Chorus

The Mayor he went to tell the Clerk, the clerk ran to the shore,
And there they found the little man, where he had been before.
The crowd that gathered round him thought he was the finest sight,
Since the fire at the timber yard the previous Friday night.

Chorus

Constable Parsons, hurried to the scene,
Took out his notebook and licked his pencil clean.
He said 'Causing a disturbance is a serious offence,
And everything you say will be used in evidence'.

Chorus

When the monkey answered, a funny thing occurred
Constable Parsons couldn't understand a word.
The reason for his puzzlement the Clerk could plainly see,
"This little man's a foreigner from far across the sea."

Chorus

The little man's a spy, the angry crowd did roar,
Sent over by Napoleon to invade our native shore.
They grabbed the little fellow by his long and hairy tail,
And handed him to Parsons, who hoyed him into jail.

Chorus

The little man was tried, and found to be a spy,
The judge put on his little black cap and told him, "You must die".
When he heard the verdict, he didn't turn a hair -
He was peeling a banana, and he didn't seem to care.

Chorus

So they hung the monkey from the gallows in the town,
With a rope around his neck, and his tail hanging down,
As a warning to Napoleon to make himself a rule,
Not to send his little hairy spies to old Hartlepool.

Chorus


The Fettlers made a recording of it nearer the time, which will probably have an even more "authentic" version of the words. I think it was included in an album called, "Ring of Iron"

My current potted life story is on my website - along with a sample of my paintings (I am now an artist). I'd be delighted if your readers were to visit it at
Alan Wilkinson

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 May 01 - 10:44 AM

Alan Wilkinson's website disappeared from that posting. See if this works - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan.wilk

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Shields Folk
Date: 19 May 01 - 04:17 PM

The Hartlepool Monkey, he's now living is Sunderland, goes by the name of Peter Reid.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,Scott
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 08:09 PM

does anyone know the song lyrics for the peter reid song by a folk band?

it mentioned different places in sunderland and always wnt back to a chorus of dirty mackems dirty dirty mackems

anyone can help me?

please email me at   s_d_1975@hotmail.com

Many thanks


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 08:39 PM

We don't normally do that - the answer will usually be posted here on Mudcat - eventually!. Saves us worrying whether you are a spam address harvester...

and usually it is better to post the request for a song different from the one in the current thread in a new thread, helps the rest of us to keep the place a little less tangled and help us all find things.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,ritchie
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 02:01 PM

yes I've got a copy on CD ...let's see it perhaps would be easier if i sent you a copy but I'm not sure what

"Saves us worrying whether you are a spam address harvester.."

means. lets see.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: shepherdlass
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 06:20 AM

Some people reckon that Ned Corvan's song was based on a rumour that was brought about as a result of early 19th century competition between the North and South side of Hartlepool as to who would get the railway connection. One side slurred the others by saying "Do you know they're so thick they hung a monkey?..." etc. Corvan just tapped into this - and apparently performed the song in Hartlepool! Further twist to the story is that the folk of Hartlepool have a sense of humour - a few years back they voted in the football mascot monkey as their mayor.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Tam the man
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 07:41 AM

Hartleypool, very nice place to go to see the Amercan ships full of toxins and poisons, Thanks America, sending your ships of death over here, treating Britain as your dustbin.

Aye we'll do your dirty work.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Tam the man
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 07:50 AM

Only kidding. about doing your dirty work


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: Tad
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 09:16 AM

hi
Can anyone post me the chords for playing THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY please ,just something basic as im only learning.Up till recently was getting a bit of instruction from an ex fettlers man (John "chalky" White) but he sadly passed away on christmas day.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: EBarnacle
Date: 27 Feb 07 - 11:20 AM

At out chantey sings at the Seamen's Church in New York, it is ususally done in C. Next sing is March 17, Mr. Patrick's Day.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,ruler
Date: 28 Feb 07 - 08:49 AM

I had heard that the reason for the hanging was to ensure there were no survivors on the ship so the locals could claim the salvage.

Probably urban myth or a defence given out by the fair burghers of Hartlepool to explain away their actions in hanging a monkey.

As for it being a bit of shame, didn't the Hartlepudlians elect, for their mayor a bloke dressed in an ape suit claiming his name was Monkey H Angus?

Unlike the Ruardean Bear, but that's another story, and one which can still end in violence (apologies for the thread creep).

Steve.


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Subject: RE: The Hartleypool Monkey
From: GUEST,Northerner
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 07:57 AM

I've heard the same rumour attached to parts of Aberdeen. Hartlepool isn't alone.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BODDAM MONKEY
From: Effsee
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 05:11 PM

Here's a version I cut out of an Aberdeen newspaper over 30 years ago.
Attributio was given to an anonymous bluemogganer.(resident of Peterhead). Quelle surprise!

THE BODDAM MONKEY

Eence a ship sailed roond the coast
An' a' the men in her were lost
Barran' a monkey up a post
An' the Boddamers hanged the monkey-o!

Noo the funeral was a grand affair
A' the Boddam folk were there
It mind't ye on the Glesga Fair
Fin the Boddamers hanged the monkey-o!

Noo a' the folk fae Peterheid
Cam' oot expecting t' get a feed
So they made it int' potted heid
Fin the Boddamers hanged the monkey-o!

chorus.

Durra ma doo, ma doo-a-day
Durra ma doo ma daddy-o
Durra ma doo, ma doo-a-day
The Boddamers hanged the monkey, o!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: radicaljoe
Date: 07 May 07 - 05:17 PM

I too would love giutar chords for Alan Wilkinson's song. Can anyone help please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: smurf
Date: 11 May 07 - 12:35 PM

I've heard it said that the monkey took a quick look around Hatlepool and hung itself.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: Carol
Date: 11 May 07 - 01:49 PM

It's not that bad!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: GUEST,hartlepudlian
Date: 19 Jan 08 - 12:03 AM

Did you manage to get the guitar chords of 'who hung the monkey o'?
I would like them myself.   Joan-golfer


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: Joe G
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 08:36 AM

As it seems I may be the only Hartlepudlian (though exiled in Bradford) around here I'd just like to add my tuppence worth.

As I understand it, the song refers to the old town of Hartlepool, the Heugh, and not to the larger settlemtnt of West Hartlepool which was just a collection of villages I think at the time the song is set. Therefore you will probably find that those of us from West are not upset by the song at all as there was always a healthy rivalry between the two towns. I remember the ceremonial hanging of the monkey at the folk club in the Nursery and I'm glad to see that this is still continuing. I first heard the song sung by Alan Todd at the club who also had another brilliant (self penned?) song called, I think, ' No more Frying Bacon' which was a play on 'No more firing Beacons' - now if anyone has the words to that one I'd love to see them - the line I remember is 'You'll have to buy paatties from Verill's Fish Shop'

Cheers
Joe G


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: GUEST,Hartlepool Monkey Hartlepool
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 07:09 AM

Yes, JoeG,you are quite correct when you talk about the Heugh or the 'Croft' part of Hartlepool in reference to the hanging of the Hartlepool Monkey.

A little bit of Googling on the web will lead you to the Fettlers lyrics,the song itself in wma format and the exact lyrics as written by Alan Wilkinson.

Whe people say to me about being a Monkey Hanger I usually joke and say "Watch it, there's plenty of rope left!"


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BEACON SONG
From: GUEST,Sean C
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 07:37 AM

Here ye are Joe G...recently received a bunch of songs from the late Alan Todd's daughter Gill including the Ghost of the Cos, Queen St Girls and Keep the Plague out of Town. Next time your back in town try and get yerself to the Pot House on the Headland where we've a fortnightly Friday folk club (see the dates at www.folkfolk.co.uk)

The Beacon Song (tune: Tom Brown)

It happened in the days of Good Queen Bess
England was in dire distress
Phillip of Spain was giving it crutch
And Lizzy the first didnt like it much

No more firing beacons, no more firing beacons
No more firing beacons, that's what the letter said

So she caused some beacons to be manned
Day and night all around the land
When the Spanish Armada hove in sight
Rub two sticks together and set it alight

Good Queen Bess thought a letter should be sent
To Hartlepool so off it went
Threepenny stamp (second class rate)
it didnt get delivered, it was 10 days late

Now our Lord Mayor was nobody's fool
He'd been taught at Galley's Field school
But at reading letters he wasn't very strong
And that's how he came to read it wrong

He read the letter, he addressed the crowd
"Frying bacon's not allowed
Good Queen Bess says it has to stop
So you'll have to buy patties from Verill's fish shop"

Constable Parsons heard the plans
And went round collecting all the frying pans
First from Southgate, then from the Croft
Northgate, Heugh and the Spion Kop

He went to St Hilda's at the dead of night
And dug a grave by candlelight
He buried those pans I'm sorry to say
He'd filled in the hole by the break of day

That's my story and I've made it plain
Hartlepool's still at war with Spain
What with that and the trouble with France
British Foreign Policy's got no chance



cheers

Sean


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 08 - 07:41 AM

sorry the tune's William Brown/Keep that wheel a turning.not tom brown!
sean


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: Mr Happy
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 10:29 AM

The chorus, I think, is 'borrowed' from 'The Darkie Sunday School' song


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Subject: Chord Req: hartlepool monkey chords
From: GUEST,one moretimeplease
Date: 30 Dec 10 - 03:01 AM

please please and again please does any one have the chords to this alan wilkinson song please!!!! No anecdotes, variations words (I have these) but THE CHORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: hartlepool monkey chords
From: allybeag
Date: 30 Dec 10 - 04:17 AM

What key would you like it in? I just play the obvious chords,but they work perfectly well, and the composer's original version must be more or less the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hartleypool Monkey / Hartlepool Monkey
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Dec 10 - 04:28 AM

refesh


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