Canal Song

by Gary and Duncan Wilcox

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Chorus :
All you people won't you gather round me
There's a story that I need to tell
Of tradition that I hold so proudly
I used to work on this big canal
I used to live and breathe for this big canal

Stretching all the way from here to Manchester
And down to Birmingham down there in the South
West to Liverpool, East to Derby
It stretched all over, yes I sure got about
But whilst I was boating and pretending it was ocean
I turned my back and they invented locomotion
Now just like tenements
I'm surplus to requirements
Because they took my job, my home and left me here

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In 1766 down in Middleport
Josiah Wedgewood - he cut the first sod
And for eighty years it was a living thing
Until technology caught up and moved on
And where once I made all of my wages on the water
Riding the narrowboats from company headquarters
If Brindley were here today
Then he'd be turning in his grave!
To see what had become of his work of art

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But whilst I was boating and pretending it was ocean
I turned my back and they invented locomotion
Now just like tenements
I'm surplus to requirements
Because they took my job, my home and left me here

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The song was written by two members of the group 'The Queensberry Rules'. It features on their CD 'take your own roads', Fellside FECD227 (2009).