Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Paul Reade Origin: Cob a coalin (66* d) RE: Origin: Cob a coalin 26 Oct 13

I was brought up in Oldham, where we used to sing Joe Offer's version when we were kids, with a rather brutal addition at the end:-

Guy, guy, guy, poke him in the eye
Tie him to a lamp-post and let him die

I remember later having a discussion with Harry Boardman about his Failsworth version, which he had collected from local children. He had heard the Oldham version that I sang.

There's a bit of local rivalry between Oldham and Failsworth, even though they're only a couple of miles apart. I was brought up in Oldham, and moved to Failsworth when we first got married. In the local pub, they called me a "yonner", meaning I came from "up yon"!

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.