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Songs by Matt McGinn

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100,000 UNEMPLOYED
BALLAD OF JOHN MACLEAN
BANNOCKBURN
COORIE DOON
GRIGALOO
LOCH LOMOND 4
LOOKIN' FOR A JOB
MANYURA, MANYAH!
THE PILL
THE ROLLING HILLS OF THE BORDER
THE WEE KIRKCUDBRIGHT CENTIPEDE


Related threads:
Lyr Req: they're going to bless the pill (7)
Lyr Req: I'm the Boy to Freeze 'Em (Matt McGinn) (5)
Lyr Req: The Pill (Matt McGinn) (18)
Lyr Add: I Have Seen the Highlands (Matt McGinn) (12)
Lyr Req: I'm Looking for a Job (Matt McGinn) (13)
Lyr Req: The Witches Song (Matt McGinn) (8)
Lyr Add: Down-a-Down (Matt McGinn) (10)
Lyr Add: Three Nights and a Sunday (Matt McGinn) (27)
Lyr Req: Big Sammy + Lots of Little Soldiers (9)
Lyr Req: Bee from the Old Town of Effen (M McGinn) (21)
Lyr Req: Christine (Matt McGinn) (9)
Lyr Req: Biddy McGrath (Matt McGinn?) (15)
Lyr Req: On the Beach at Portobello (Matt McGinn) (7)
Chord Req: For Matt McGinn Songs (19)
Lyr Req: Big Sammy (Matt McGinn) (5)
Lyr Req: Manura Manyah (Matt McGinn) (24)
Lyr Req: Bread and Margarine (Matt McGinn) (2)
Lyr Add: Rap Tap Tap (Matt McGinn) (16)
New Matt McGinn website (12)
Lyr Req: The Red Yo Yo (Matt McGinn) (12)
Lyr Req: Take Me Back to the Jungle (Matt McGinn) (3)
Chord Req: Depth of My Ego (Matt McGinn) (3)
Lyr Req: Rob Roy MacGregor (Matt McGinn) (9)
Lyr Req: The Big Effen Bee (Matt McGinn) (10)
Lyr Req: Dundee Ghost (Matt McGinn) (10)
Lyr Req: Tinny Can on My Tail (Matt McGinn) (4)
Lyr Req: The Gay Liberation (Matt McGinn) (8)
Lyr Req: Bee from the Old Town of Effen (M McGinn) (16)
Lyr Req: Honesty Is Out of the Fashion (M. McGinn) (4)
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Happy! – Jan 17 (Matt McGinn 1928-1977) (6)
Lyr Req: Effin Bee? / Effen Bee (Matt McGinn) (11)
Lyr Req: Willie Macnamara (Matt McGinn) (22)
Matt McGinn concert in linlithgow (1)
Lyr Req: St Columba and the Masons (Matt McGinn) (10)
Folklore: Matt McGinn's Banjo (18)
Matt McGinn Website (5)
Best of Matt McGinn Volume 2 now out (5)
(origins) Origins: The Magic Shadow Show (Matt McGinn) (3)
Matt McGinn On BBC Scotland (6)
Lyr Req: If It Wisnae for the Union (Matt McGinn) (7)
Lyr Req: On the Road from Aldermaston (Matt McGinn (9)
Whatever happened to Matt McGinn? (31)
Lyr Req: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn) (9)
Tune Req: Butchers of Glasgow (Matt McGinn) (9)
Lyr Add: Lots of Little Soldiers (Matt McGinn) (2)
Lyr Req: Effen Bee? (Matt McGinn) (7)
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GUEST,# 19 Dec 15 - 03:48 PM
Joe Offer 19 Dec 15 - 03:58 PM
The Sandman 19 Dec 15 - 05:04 PM
GUEST,# 19 Dec 15 - 05:07 PM
akenaton 19 Dec 15 - 05:11 PM
Dave Hanson 19 Dec 15 - 06:52 PM
MGM·Lion 20 Dec 15 - 02:04 AM
The Sandman 20 Dec 15 - 10:07 AM
Tattie Bogle 20 Dec 15 - 07:07 PM
Hagman 20 Dec 15 - 07:17 PM
Tattie Bogle 20 Dec 15 - 07:25 PM
GUEST 21 Dec 15 - 02:10 AM
Tattie Bogle 23 Dec 15 - 09:29 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 23 Dec 15 - 09:38 AM
Tattie Bogle 23 Dec 15 - 09:53 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 23 Dec 15 - 12:41 PM
Tattie Bogle 23 Dec 15 - 01:59 PM
Richard Mellish 23 Dec 15 - 06:59 PM
Jim Carroll 23 Dec 15 - 07:29 PM
GUEST,Anne Neilson 23 Dec 15 - 08:49 PM
GUEST,kenny 24 Dec 15 - 03:20 PM
Jack Campin 01 Oct 19 - 03:13 AM
Jim Dixon 30 Dec 19 - 06:48 PM
Jim McLean 31 Dec 19 - 01:52 PM
Tattie Bogle 03 Jan 20 - 07:47 PM
GUEST,ann 20 Jan 20 - 04:07 PM
GUEST,Observer 20 Jan 20 - 05:15 PM
Jack Campin 21 Jan 20 - 06:08 AM
Jim McLean 21 Jan 20 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 21 Jan 20 - 01:50 PM
topical tom 21 Jan 20 - 03:38 PM
Jim McLean 21 Jan 20 - 07:44 PM
GUEST,Bob Blair - Guest 22 Jan 20 - 05:58 PM
Joe Offer 14 May 20 - 12:00 AM
Jack Campin 17 May 20 - 10:40 AM
Jim Carroll 18 May 20 - 10:59 AM
Tattie Bogle 19 May 20 - 06:54 PM
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Subject: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 01:34 PM

Can anyone provide a list of all or some or even a few of the songs he wrote.here is one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkX3zcg10QE


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,#
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 03:48 PM

Google

Songs by Matt McGinn

You will locate many.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 03:58 PM

I added this thread to our Matt McGinn group. As you can see, McGinn is prolific. Looks like I have a few duplicate threads to combine, though. One Matt McGinn parody that I really like is Down-a-Down, recorded by Pete Seeger.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:04 PM

guest, I know that, I am trying to arouse interest in matts songs, now be a good chap,and have a good holiday.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,#
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:07 PM

Then maybe next time say that in your opening post. Jaysus . . .


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: akenaton
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:11 PM

Bit snappy there Good Soldier!   I knew Matt pretty well and have most of his vinyl stuff.

A man of his time I think, don't believe he would be very impressed with our "liberal democratic society"....Matt said exactly what he thought, but with a sparkle in his eyes.
We often discussed Cuban Communism over a couple of "wee halfs"


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 06:52 PM

Most of Matt's songs are in the Book ' McGinn of the Calton '

well worth the buying.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 02:04 AM

I recall a couple of excellent tracks on the old 'The Iron Muse' album, all those years back.

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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 10:07 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxkOv3U9778


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 07:07 PM

Have you not found his website? A mass of info and recordings of Matt himself, and by various admirers and at tribute nights there.
See: Matt McGinn
We do a Matt McGinn tribute night in Linlithgow every year, which has the approval of his daughters who sometimes have attended: we don't just sing the songs but act them out too, as you'll see from some of the clips on YouTube. The next tribute night(15th)will be on 5th March 2016.
Here's maybe not the best example!
Bar Steward


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Hagman
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 07:17 PM

To paraphrase Cliff from "Cheers," it's a little-known fact (or may in fact be well-known) that one of Matt's commercial hits "I Have Seen the Highlands" features a very young Peter Bellamy playing squeeze-box behind... a Bill Leader production, no less.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 07:25 PM

As for books: apart from "McGinn of the Calton" there is a smaller book/pamphlet called "Scottish Songs of Today" ("today" being circa 1962-64)which includes a number of lesser-known songs of his: I usually try to do one of these every second year or so in the Linlithgow tribute night. Then there are others that are n neither of these books but some of my friends know and have performed.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Dec 15 - 02:10 AM

Here's links to the recording of "McGiinn of the Calton" by Stramash which was also made into a TV programme



https://www.mediafire.com/folder/a3w40y0a4nsyu/DIsc_1


https://www.mediafire.com/folder/7h4j7fs3pld1r/Disc_2


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:29 AM

The song that Joe mentions is usually called "Two Feet Tall" and has a different refrain of "Hey Laily Laily Laily" rather than the "Down Down" that Pete Seeger sang. Matt and Pete were of course good friends, and it may be that Pete changed it for his own singing of it.
The Hey Laily version is on the Matt McGinn website as "Two Feet Tall", and is on the "Honesty is out of the Fashion" album. We had fun staging that one, with someone having to shuffle around in their knees!

As for a list of all his songs, there are 100 videos and recordings on the Matt McGinn website - as per the link I gave before. Some from Matt's original recordings, others taken at the various tribute nights. And even this does not cover them all......


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:38 AM

Whole lot of songs in alphabetical order and performances by various folk on link below

http://www.mattmcginn.info/


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:53 AM

Er, excuse me, Allan, but that WAS the one I gave on 20.12.15. You don't see the full url as I used the text box facility in creating the blicky!
Merry Christmas.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 12:41 PM

Ach sorry never noticed that Tattie. Not always got enough time to open every link as working but better getting it posted twice than not at all :-)


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 01:59 PM

Aye, nae bother. It's a great resource: I think his daughters have something to do with keeping the site maintained and the content, even if not personally responsible for the tech of setting it all up.
The person who has perhaps put the most clips on YouTube is BigManio, so worth looking at his channel.
Now what am I going to sing this next year?


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 06:59 PM

I've just tried that website. There's certainly some great stuff there BUT the site design is horribly gimmicky. The video pane hides some of the text, which therefore reads
"The Matt McGinn W
McGinn of the Caltc" (letter o partly covered so it looks like c).
And when I play the songs they are accompanied by crackles, implying something awry somewhere.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DUNDEE GHOST (Matt McGinn)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 07:29 PM

One of my favourites
Jim Carroll

The Dundee Ghost
By Matt McGinn

Noo a deid man seldom walks, he very rarely talks,    (dead)
It's no very often you'll see him running aroond,
But I'm a refugee from a graveyard in Dundee
And I've come tae haunt some houses in Glasgow Toon
And I've come tae haunt some hooses in Glasgow Toon.

Noo the reason I arose was to get masel' some clothes, (myself)
For I really get helluva cold below the ground,
And I whispered tae masel', "ah, I think I might as well
Hang aroond a while and ha'e some fun,
I'll hang around a while and ha'e some fun".

Noo a chap put oot his light on a cold and frosty night,
I showed him one of ma eyes and I skelped his head, (smacked)
He said "Oh", and I said "boo" he says, "who the hell are you" ?
I said, "don't be feart, I'm on'y a man that's deid,   (afraid)
Oh no, don't be feart, I'm only a man that's deid".

Well the feller knelt and prayed and this is what he said;
"Oh why, in the name of God have you picked on me"   ?
So I battered him on the lug and I pulled awa' his rug. (ear)
"The reason", I said "is just tae let you see".
"The reason" , I said, "is just tae let you see".

Well he brought the polis in and I belted him on the chin,   (police(man)
The polis turned aroond and he blamed my friend.
And he marched him aff tae jile and he'll be in there quite a while, (off to gaol)
But I'll see naebody taks his single end,      (House of one apartment, flat)
Oh, no, I'll see naebody taks his single end.

Noo the polis thought him daft and a lot of people laughed
When the feller said a ghost was in his hoose,
But what the feller said was true and I might be visiting you,
So just remember. I'm still on the loose,
Aye, just remember, I'm still on the loose.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 08:49 PM

A favourite song of mine too -- sung by Bob Blair on our group's (Stramash) CD. of Matt McGinn songs, 'McGinn of the Calton'.


And just to confirm, Stramash used 'Two Feet Tall' as our encore!


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 24 Dec 15 - 03:20 PM

I always liked "Lots Of Little Soldiers", which was recorded in the 70s by Barry Dransfield, and has been sung in recent years [ in Scotland ] by Barbara Dymock.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Oct 19 - 03:13 AM

This was just posted on the "Lost Glasgow" FB group:

For Christmas he bought her a wee golden ring
But later it made him embarrassed
He’d forgot the first thing
to turn green in the spring
Is jewellery bought at the Barras.

Matt McGinn


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 06:48 PM

These are all the songs I can find on Mudcat that were recorded by Matt McGinn:

100,000 Unemployed
Bannockburn
Biddie McGrath
Big Sammy
Boomerang
Butchers of Glasgow
Christine
Coorie Doon
Down-a-Down
Honesty Is Out of the Fashion
I Have Seen the Highlands
I'm Looking for a Job
If It Wisnae for the Union
Lady Chat
Loch Lomond
Lots of Little Soldiers
Magic Shadow Show
Manura Manya
Old Johnny Bull
On the Beach at Portobello
On the Road from Aldermaston
Polly Had a Poodle
Rap Tap Tap
Rob Roy Macgregor
Skinny Ma Linky Long Legs
St Columba and the Masons
Take Me Back to the Jungle
The Ballad of John McLean
The Ballad of Q4
The Big Effen Bee
The Big Glasgow Polis
The Can o' Tea
The Depth of My Ego
The Dogs' Party
The Dundee Cat
The Dundee Ghost
The Footba' Referee
The Foreman O'Rourke
The Gay Liberation
The Hielan' Man
The Man They Could Not Hang
The Pill
The Red Yo Yo
The Rolling Hills of the Border
The Swan Necked Valve
The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede
The Witches' Song
Three Nights and a Sunday
Tinny Can on My Tail
Troubled Waters
We'll Have a May Day
Willie Macnamara


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim McLean
Date: 31 Dec 19 - 01:52 PM

Recorded by Matt but not all written by him as I wrote Lady Chat.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 07:47 PM

And there are some on YouTube that he sings, but were not written by him: e.g. The Jeely Piece song, written by Adam McNaughtan.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,ann
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 04:07 PM

Hi
What's the name and lyrics of the song which was sung yesterday at the burnt barns?
It's about going underground.
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 05:15 PM

Two of his best:

1. Rolling Hills Of the Borders

2. His lyrics to "Loch Lomond"


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 06:08 AM

The "going underground" song will have been "Coorie Doon" aka "The Miner's Lullaby".


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim McLean
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 11:25 AM

Lyrics to Loch Lomond "As sung by Matt McGinn". The Corries also recorded this but I don't know who wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 01:50 PM

I always enjoyed Matt's visits to our club in Marsden, South Shields in the 60s.
in later years, I was interested to find that the words of 'Coorie Doon' had been used in the glossy commemorative book about the 25th anniversary, in 2018, of the closure of the Arigna Mines in the Leitrim/Roscommon area of Ireland.

In the years before closure of the coalfield, Scottish experts had been advising the mine owners (Ireland's mines were always privately owned) about keeping it all afloat- maybe that's how the song finished up as an anthem for the Irish miners?


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: topical tom
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 03:38 PM

Did Matt not also write "The Pill" or was that already
          mentioned?


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim McLean
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 07:44 PM

The version of Loch Lomond sung by Matt is a traditional version printed in Robert Ford's Songs and Ballads.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: GUEST,Bob Blair - Guest
Date: 22 Jan 20 - 05:58 PM

Matt used go stay with us when he came south in the 1960's when I helped to run the Grimsby folk club with John Connolly and Bill Meek. Lots of lovely stories and memories of those days.

When I moved back to Scotland and helped form Stramash we worked up a programm to launch his book " McGinn of the Calton" It was a real pleasure to do that show in front of Glasgow audiences.    Get them singing along with some of Matt's chorus songs and then hit them with one of Matt's more serious songs like Kevin Mitchell singing "Deep In My Ego" Talk about hearing a pin drop!

There's a link to Stramash's Greentrax recording thats still active in a post above if anybody would like to hear it.

Just today however I was pointed in the direction of another video recording that Stramash had done on Matt, which includes one of his lesser known songs "Paper and Board" It was included that night because, as Adam McNaughtan says in the intro, that we wanted a song where Stramash knew the chorus and the audience didn't. ( to begin with that is) Never heard it sung before or since

Here's the link    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72hdOxjtveA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72hdOxjtveA

He was a dear friend and sadly missed.

Bob Blair


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 May 20 - 12:00 AM

Are these lyrics from the DT right?




       THE WEE KIRKCUDBRIGHT CENTIPEDE
(Matt McGinn)

Oh, the wee Kirkcudbright Centipede, oh, she was very sweet
She was very proud of every one of her hundred feet
Early every morning, her neighbors came to glance
She always entertained them with a beautiful little dance.

Chorus
As leg number 94 gave 95 a shunt
Legs number 1 and 2 were twisted out in front
Legs number 9 and 10 came wriggling up the side
73 and 74 were doing the parlor glide.

Now her neighbor, Jenny Longlegs, with jealousy was mad
She went out and bought herself a pencil and a pad
She came to look one morning, she made a careful note
Of every step the centipede made and this is what she wrote:

Chorus (substitute Well for As)

Now with her exact notations, little Jenny Longlegs tried
To dance just like the centipede, she failed and nearly cried
She grabbed hold of the centipede, and said, "Now have a look,
Show me how to do this dance I've written in my book."

(no chorus)

The centipede said, "Do I do that?" tried to demonstrate
She hadn't thought it out before, and didn't do too great
Her hundred feet got twisted and she wound up in a tangle
She fractured 14 kneecaps, 7 shinbones and an ankle.

Chorus (this verse only)
As legs number 1 and 2 were tied with 3 and 4
Legs number 5 and 6 were canceled on the floor
Leg number 17 was attacked by number 10
98 and 99 will never dance again.

Oh, the wee Kirkcudbright Centipede she suffered in terrible pain
And all the bugs were very surprised the day she danced again
And now she tells her neighbors, anyone who comes to see,
"Never try an explanation of what comes naturally!"

Chorus

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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:40 AM

Joe - check your email. I've send you photos of the relevant bits from the book.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:59 AM

UP WI' THE CREAM FOR ME
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:54 PM

Just managed to get our annual Matt McGinn tribute night in on the first Saturday in March in Linlithgow - perilously near to Covid lockdown. Great night, but all seems a bit of a dream now after 8 weeks in lockdown!


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 May 20 - 03:13 PM

Joe: Lyrics to THE WEE KIRKCUDBRIGHT CENTIPEDE were posted by Dale Rose on 9-Aug-99 in another thread: Songs about bugs, insects, spiders, snails, worms. I just listened to Matt McGinn's recording on Spotify, and I believe the lyrics posted by Dale are accurate. There are numerous differences to the version in the DT; for example "parlor glide" should be "Palais Glide"--the name of a popular dance from 1938 which is demonstrated in this old British Pathé newsreel.


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 May 20 - 03:18 PM

Correct, Jim!


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Subject: RE: Songs by Matt McGinn
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 May 20 - 03:21 PM

I emailed Joe Offer a photo of the relevant pages from the book (which have at least one significant difference from what's in this thtead) but never got an acknowledgement.


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