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Any sentimental Brit songs about places?

Mr Red 17 Mar 15 - 03:53 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 15 - 04:18 AM
Leadfingers 17 Mar 15 - 04:34 AM
GUEST,Ed 17 Mar 15 - 04:38 AM
GUEST,Ed 17 Mar 15 - 04:40 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 15 - 04:48 AM
Dave Hanson 17 Mar 15 - 04:50 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 15 - 04:51 AM
GUEST,Ed 17 Mar 15 - 04:56 AM
Will Fly 17 Mar 15 - 05:04 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 17 Mar 15 - 05:08 AM
GUEST,Ed 17 Mar 15 - 05:11 AM
Will Fly 17 Mar 15 - 05:12 AM
GUEST,DaveRo 17 Mar 15 - 05:14 AM
Stu 17 Mar 15 - 05:17 AM
GUEST,ST 17 Mar 15 - 05:36 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 15 - 05:42 AM
GUEST,Dave 17 Mar 15 - 06:05 AM
GUEST,Dave 17 Mar 15 - 06:07 AM
Stu 17 Mar 15 - 06:28 AM
MGM·Lion 17 Mar 15 - 06:34 AM
GUEST,M 17 Mar 15 - 06:40 AM
GUEST,M 17 Mar 15 - 06:47 AM
Steve Shaw 17 Mar 15 - 06:51 AM
GUEST,mayomick 17 Mar 15 - 07:42 AM
GUEST,DaveRo 17 Mar 15 - 07:52 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 15 - 08:05 AM
Keith A of Hertford 17 Mar 15 - 08:10 AM
Thompson 17 Mar 15 - 08:10 AM
Thompson 17 Mar 15 - 08:13 AM
Scabby Douglas 17 Mar 15 - 08:17 AM
Steve Shaw 17 Mar 15 - 08:21 AM
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Subject: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 03:53 AM

It has long crossed my mind that British Songs about our places are rare and often specific. Historic songs apart why can't we come up with songs like "Georgia on my Mind" "Train they Call the City of New Orleans", "Nutbush City Limits", "Country Roads"

We have "I Belong to Glasgow" and inevitably a London has to be in on the act "Maybe it Because I'm a Londoner" which, lets face it, are parochial and territorial. "Caledonia" at least stands apart from those but ......

So what songs do we have that compare to the American tradition of allegorical love for a place without saying it directly? I have difficulty coming up with many.

What does the Mudcat community come up with?

My contribution would be the Adge Cutler song rarely sung by Acker Bilk "Down in Nempnett Thrubwell" but if it is a love song it is about the love of cider. And Brit humour replaces any nostalgia. Satisfying two of my passions but not in the same league as the typical American fare.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:18 AM

John Shuttleworth's You're Like Manchester...


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:34 AM

The Yetties - Dorset be Beautiful


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:38 AM

The Kinks: Waterloo Sunset


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:40 AM

The Beatles 'Penny Lane' & 'Strawberry Fields Forever'


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:48 AM

Ferry Cross the Mersey


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:50 AM

Ilkla Moor Baht 'At.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:51 AM

Over the Lancashire Hills


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From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 04:56 AM

Pink Floyd's Grantchester Meadows


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From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:04 AM

The Leaving of Liverpool.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:08 AM

Beautiful dale home of the Swale
Farewell Manchester
Galway Bay
What's the name of the one Sid Calderbank does about Friesland ?


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:11 AM

Bella Hardy - Peak Rhapsody


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From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:12 AM

Noel Coward's "London Pride"


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:14 AM

My contribution would be the Adge Cutler song rarely sung by Acker Bilk "Down in Nempnett Thrubwell"....
Sounds fascinating, but your link is recursive, Mr Red.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Stu
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:17 AM

Dirty Old Town is about Salford.

Lambeth Walk
Bells Rhymney
The Derby Ram
Sweet Thames Flow Softly
King of Rome
Swansea Town

or lotsa pop songs:

Solsbury Hill
Mull of Kintyre
Sunshine on Leith
Birmingham Blues
Northern Sky
At the Chime of a City Clock
The Eton Rifiles
London Calling
Mancunian Way
Blackberry Way
Shipbuilding
Baker Street
Life in a Northern Town
Glastonbury Song

etc etc


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,ST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:36 AM

Have a listen to Dick Henrywood's Both Barrels


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:42 AM

Bit tenuous, Stu.

Since when are Northern Sky, Shipbuilding or Life in a Northern Town about specific places?


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:05 AM

Streets of London (obviously)

Farewell to Whalley Range (which is in Manchester)

Aird Ui Chuain, though in the Irish language, is about a part of the United Kingdom


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:07 AM

Tunnel of Love is about Whitley Bay


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Stu
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:28 AM

"Since when are Northern Sky, Shipbuilding or Life in a Northern Town about specific places?"

They're about place in the north and places wot build ships.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:34 AM

"Ashby-de-la-Zouch By The Sea", where "the skies are full of blue and the cows are full of moo", c 1940 -- actually an American spoof (Al Hoffman / Milton Drake / Jerry Livingston - writers also of Mairzy Doats), based on the fact that the town is in Leicestershire, about as far from the sea as you can get in England.

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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,M
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:40 AM

Will Fly suggested Noel Coward's "London Pride" - I've just taken part in a theatrical production featuring that song, and it's amazing. The "interlude" bit that you don't tend to hear too often is remarkable, taking a surprising turn from the main melody.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,M
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:47 AM

Taking a more folky approach, I'm not sure "sentimental" is quite the adjective, but Jez Lowe's "Greek Lightning" is pretty much anchored in its geography.

And though the places aren't explicitly identified, Huw Williams' songs "The Summer Before The War" and "Travelling By Steam" seem to have a locality in mind.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 06:51 AM

Over The Moor To Margate
Fields of Hythe 'n' Rye
It's a Long Way to Tipton, Mary



I'll get me coat then...


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 07:42 AM

Arrivederci Roma


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 07:52 AM

Summerfield Avenue by Chris Wood recalls a very specific place. But it's also evocative of hundreds of post-war estates and childhoods spent on the edge of the receding countryside.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:05 AM

Richard Thompson's 'Sights And Sounds Of London Town'


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From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:10 AM

Sweet Thames by McColl.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Thompson
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:10 AM

If It Wasn't For The Ouses In Between
Ilkley Moor Bar Tat (sp?)


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Thompson
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:13 AM

The original thread title is "British" songs, which would cut out "United Kingdom" songs… I don't know that there are (currently sung, anyway) loving songs of place in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) in the same way that there are in Ireland; perhaps in Scotland, perhaps in Wales, but I don't know that it's a thing in England. Maybe that intense commitment to a home place is a particularly Gaelic thing.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:17 AM

From a Scottish perspective, there are many of these:
Adam McNaughtan's "The Glasgow That I Used to Know"
Trad: "Bonnie Glenshee"
Michael Marra's : "Mother Glasgow"
R.Y. Bell and Ian Gourley: "The Song of the Clyde"
"The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen"
"Bonnie Udny"
Ian Davison's "Going Home to Glasgow"
and many, many more...


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:21 AM

I Wish I Was Back Home In Derry by Bobby Sands.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:22 AM

RED SMED - Bridgwater


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:29 AM

The original thread title is "British" songs, which would cut out "United Kingdom" songs…
Unless the OP meant from the Britsh Isles.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:30 AM

Of course there's "Trouble Over Bridgwater" too! Sorry, I haven't a clue where that came from!

There's Glorious Devon, best heard sung by Peter Dawson (it's on YouTube but I can't do links), in spite of some slightly curious pronunciations!


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 08:33 AM

They don't come any better than this ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3hqdm0C_d8


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,patriot
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 09:30 AM

John Watt's 'I don't like Dundee' also such gems as

'Take me back to Scunthorpe'

'Sheppey's Lovely Shore'

'Snodland Rhapsody' and

'The Lovely Groves of Hackney'

....doesn't really work, does it?


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 10:40 AM

Dahn to Margate


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From: MGM·Lion
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 10:49 AM

Day Trip to Bangor


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 10:59 AM

Waterloo Sunset, Oh England ,My Lionheart, Pasties and Cream .


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 12:03 PM

"Canny Newcastle"
"North Country Maid"


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From: GUEST,mg
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 12:34 PM

white cliffs of dover


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 12:52 PM

"There'll always be an England"


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 12:54 PM

are we compiling the UKIP campaign trail song book ???


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 01:46 PM

No. we are not. We are naming songs about places, that's all.


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 02:26 PM

English country garden?


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 02:29 PM

Going Up Camborne 'ill Coming Down....


Oops, forgot that Kernow isn't part of the UK....


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: GUEST,patriot
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 03:03 PM

Kernow?- yes it is part of UK- not of England maybe...lucky sods

and don't forget 'Sunset over Spennymoor' and 'Lovely Lochgelly'


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:37 PM

The Bonny Hills of Kielder
The Rolling Hills of the Borders
Byker Hill and Walker Shore


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Subject: RE: Any sentimental Brit songs about places?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 17 Mar 15 - 05:46 PM

'Always Argyll' and 'Home to the Kyles' are songs about the Tighnabruaich area of Cowal Peninsula (and composed locally)


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