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Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)

05 Jun 00 - 09:40 AM (#238378)
Subject: hand in hand with mary anne
From: GUEST,jon boden

It's a Graham Miles song but it's not on the Wilson's album and I don't think Windham-Read has recorded it. Chorus is something like

The Tees, the (cherry snow?) black Tees Laps gentle round the jetty Hand in hand with Mary Anne, Waiting for the ferry.

Many thanks,

Jon


13 Jun 00 - 02:09 AM (#241858)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: hand in hand with mary anne
From: SeanM

One last time?

Refresh

M


27 Oct 10 - 06:33 PM (#3017223)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Joe Offer

well, it's been ten years sing the request, and we've increased our Graeme Miles expertise.
Anybody have these lyrics?

-Joe-


27 Oct 10 - 06:41 PM (#3017230)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Herga Kitty

Well, according to this thread it's in the book of Graeme's songs. Did the book manage to make the trip across the Atlantic to Transco?

Kitty


27 Oct 10 - 07:05 PM (#3017258)
Subject: Lyr Add: WAITING FOR THE FERRY (Graeme Miles)
From: Tootler

As you say, it is in "Songscapes"


WAITING FOR THE FERRY

Words and Music: Graeme Miles.

Hand in hand with Mary-Anne waiting for the ferry
The flicker of the iron works fire turns the dark night into cherry
And the Tees the chilly sloe black Tees laps gently round the jetty
Hand in hand with Mary-Anne waiting for the ferry

Here's embracing you dear Mary-Anne it's fondly that I squeeze you
In but a year I will return with a gift I hope will please you
And the Tees the chilly sloe black Tees laps gently round the jetty
Hand in hand with Mary-Anne waiting for the ferry

Here's a kiss for you my Mary-Anne a parting kiss my dear
The bell has rung Port Clarence side and the ferry car draws near
And the Tees the chilly sloe black Tees laps gently round the jetty
Hand in hand with Mary-Anne waiting for the ferry

And so goodbye dear Mary-Anne it's now that I must leave you
The weeks will come and the weeks will pass and for sure I'll not deceive you
And the Tees the chilly sloe black Tees laps gently round the jetty
Hand in hand with Mary-Anne waiting for the ferry

The ferry in question crossed the Tees from Middlesbrough to Port Clarence and was replaced by the transporter bridge. The transporter bridge was opened in 1911 and I believe the ferry did continue for a couple of years after the opening of the transporter bridge but eventually was shut down.

The transporter bridge is still open and functioning and we went across it today.

Somehow "Waiting for the transporter bridge" would not have had the same ring to it.

I'll transcribe the tune and post it later.


28 Oct 10 - 08:06 AM (#3017616)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Ian Hendrie

There's a used copy of Songscapes available on Amazon at 80! Does anyone know a cheaper source?


28 Oct 10 - 08:44 AM (#3017639)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: The Sandman

yes contact, graeme miles, he lives on teeside, in fact member JHW might have a contact, or perhaps Darklander.


28 Oct 10 - 11:57 AM (#3017783)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Charley Noble

Interesting song.

Charley Noble


28 Oct 10 - 12:32 PM (#3017808)
Subject: Tune Add: WAITING FOR THE FERRY (Graeme Miles)
From: Tootler

'Catter nutty is also a possible source of info.

Here is an abc of the tune.
Taken from Songscapes. You could probably simplify the mellisma in bar 2 if you wished.

X:1
T:Waiting for the Ferry
C:Graeme Miles
M:Common
L:1/8
K:G
B3A G3D|EG (AB/A/ GA B2)|B2A2(G2D)D|EG- G4D2|B A3G3D|[M:5/4]E2G2(D B,3)D3/2D/|
[M:Common]E2G2F2D2|EG- G4A3/2B/|c3B c d3|[M:5/4]e2d2B4B2|
[M:Common]c2B2A3G|F A3-A4|B3A G3D|E2G2(D B,3)|E2G2(G2D)D|EG- G4|]


28 Oct 10 - 02:27 PM (#3017909)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Herga Kitty

There was a thread, wasn't there, about having some copies of Songscapes available at Sidmouth a year or two ago, and I've just tried and failed to find it!

Kitty


28 Oct 10 - 02:41 PM (#3017917)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: nutty

Songscapes can be bought from here..........

Songscapes


28 Oct 10 - 04:04 PM (#3017969)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Ah! The happy memories of cold winter nights huddled cround the fire in the back snug of The Colpitts (1988-1999) warming to Robin Dale's sublime renderings of this & a host of other Graeme Miles songs, all sung to perfection.

One wonders - Jon Boden opened this thread in 2000, at which point, though living in Durham, we would have been in hiatus from The Durham City Folk Club (mainly because I was trying to quit smoking & couldn't face a pint of OB without a fag; also because Rachel's shiftwork scuppered our social routine for 5 years). Anyhoo - according to DCFC lore Jon was a regulsr at The Colpitts at this time - though I never knowingly met him myself, though Thor insisted I did. Whatever the case, he's sure to have heard Robin sing it - the source, perhaps, of this enquiry?

Does Robin ever come Mudcat way? We've still got one of his scarecrow posters on our wall - signed (to Rachel) of course!


29 Oct 10 - 05:20 AM (#3018320)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Carol

Apparently I posted this in 06, it was asking how to get hold of the book
'His songs and Robin Dale's photographs are in a book called Songscapes, published in 2001 by Red Scarecrow, POBox 539, Billingham,TS23 3XS and if memory serves me right it cost 25 but worth every penny - it doesn't contain all of Graeme's songs just over 50 of them!! I don't think he's published any songs since 1972.
PM me if you want any more details'

I think I could contact Robin but don't want to post tel nos.
Great book of songs and pictures.


09 Dec 13 - 01:01 PM (#3582958)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Mick

anyone know the chords??


09 Dec 13 - 04:24 PM (#3583017)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Commander Crabbe

I play it in key of F using open D tuning but mostly fingerpicking. If no one comes up with chords I'll work out the main changes and post when I've got a bit more time.

CC


14 Jan 14 - 11:30 AM (#3591994)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie

I for one would be very pleased to know the chords.


14 Jan 14 - 04:57 PM (#3592118)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie

Taking Commander Crabb's Open D tuning and key of F I've come up with the following chords with capo on 3. Lovely slow tune. This is open to correction/improvement.

[D]Hand in hand with [G]Mary-[D]Anne [G]waiting for the [D]ferry

The flicker of the [G]iron works [D]fire turns the [G]dark night into [D]cherry

And the [G]Tees the [D]chilly [G]sloe black [D]Tees laps [G]gently [D]round the [A7]jetty

[D]Hand in hand with [G]Mary-[D]Anne [G]waiting for the [D]ferry


21 Jan 14 - 05:58 AM (#3594174)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: Ian Hendrie

This is a fantastic song.

However, I'm puzzled as to what it's about.
At first sight it's about a (boat) ferry but in verse 3 it refers to a bell ringing and the 'ferry car' drawing near - clearly a description of the bridge. Is the word 'ferry' being used to describe the bridge (poetic license)?

Perhaps someone with 'Songscapes' or more knowledge of Graeme Miles and the song can provide an answer?


08 Mar 16 - 03:01 PM (#3777445)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Fil Tebbutt

I heard Robin sing this last Friday at the Robin Hood's Bay F/C at The Dolphin, and was so taken with it..and Robin's superb rendition.. that I decided I wanted to learn it. You could have heard a pin drop, until the entire room came in on the chorus. The howling northeasterly outside was hushed...Hair-raising.


23 Feb 17 - 05:20 AM (#3840911)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Graham

Sometime around 1998, both Graeme and Robin afforded us the great honour of coming down to Cornwall to stay with my wife Angie and I. An exceptional stay I might say, with many, many fond memories. During their time with us, Graeme presented me with a cassette of him singing several, in his opinion 'less sung songs', which he thought might suit/interest me. 'Waiting for the Ferry' was one of those songs which I then went on to record in 2000 on 'In this Heart' co-produced/engineered by Tim van Eyken & Rob Harbron.


23 Feb 17 - 06:30 AM (#3840929)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: JHW

'Is the word 'ferry' being used to describe the bridge (poetic license)?'

Songscapes doesn't say but I'm sure the 'ferry' means the Transporter. There's a photo of the Transporter by Robin among the plates pages in Songscapes.


23 Feb 17 - 08:53 AM (#3840952)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: OldNicKilby

Songscapes is a wonderful testament to Graeme and Robins creativity. I am really proud to get a "Thank you " in the acknowledgements.


21 Apr 17 - 04:21 PM (#3851726)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Waiting for the Ferry (Graeme Miles)
From: GUEST,Geoff

I'm pretty sure that the Transporter replaced the old ferry.