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Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee

Joe Offer 11 Dec 20 - 03:33 PM
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Steve Gardham 11 Dec 20 - 04:23 PM
Joe Offer 11 Dec 20 - 05:52 PM
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Joe Offer 11 Dec 20 - 06:16 PM
r.padgett 12 Dec 20 - 02:24 AM
GUEST,Big Al Whittle 12 Dec 20 - 04:08 AM
Cool Beans 12 Dec 20 - 12:44 PM
YorkshireYankee 05 Apr 21 - 08:39 PM
r.padgett 06 Apr 21 - 03:57 AM
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YorkshireYankee 07 Apr 21 - 12:41 AM
r.padgett 07 Apr 21 - 02:32 AM
Steve Gardham 07 Apr 21 - 09:34 AM
YorkshireYankee 08 Apr 21 - 12:09 AM
leeneia 08 Apr 21 - 12:39 AM
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r.padgett 09 Apr 21 - 02:23 AM
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Subject: ADD:Don't Know the Words.(for My Favo(u)rite Thing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 03:33 PM

I'm listening to an online concert by Vikki Appleton Fielden, the Yorkshire Yankee. Vikki writes some interesting songs, but they're scattered all over Mudcat and hard to find. I thought I'd post duplicates here. She sang most of these songs during the performance, and ended the program with "Music in my Mother's House" by Stuart Stotts of Madison, Wisconsin.

Thread #168014   Message #4062116
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
30-Jun-20 - 01:49 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat Worldwide Singaround - On Zoom Mondays
Subject: ADD-Don’t Know the Words.(for My FavoUrite Things)

And here are the words for my UK vs US English parody of "My Favorite Things", as a number of people seemed interested. (I've posted it in a Mudcat thread before now, but I've revised it since then, so might as well share the updated version.)

Below the lyrics, I've added a glossary, for those who may not be familiar with all the terms.

Don’t Know the Words... (for My FavoUrite Things)
TTO: Rodger & Hammerstein’s My Favorite Things
New words: Vikki Appleton Fielden

Jelly is jam here, and jello is jelly
The car has a boot and my foot wears a wellie
Mention “sultanas”, I think "Eastern Kings"
Don’t know the words for my favourite things

Summat is not where you go when you’re climbing
Jumper is not someone into sky diving
Bob is Your uncle, the Beeb is your aunt
Don’t know the words to explain what I want

If my languish causes anguish; if you think me sad
Oh, won’t you remember I’m just a poor Yank,
and that’s why I talk... so bad

Beer’s sold by landlords instead of bartenders
Don’t tell the clerk that your man needs suspenders
Braces are not always worn on your teeth
Rubber is nothing to do with a sheath

I stand in line; over here it’s called queueing
Lines are engaged but they never need wooing
You stop while five while I stay until four
Knob isn’t always a thing on a door

If I speak, luv, like a freak, luv; if you think me mad
Oh, won’t you remember I’m just a poor Yank,
and that’s why I talk... so bad

Biscuits are sweet but a tart can be racy,
a Nice bit o’ crumpet might wear something lacy
Crackers are not always eaten with cheese
Folks don’t wear flannels but you can wear fleece

Chips come with haddock; and crisps in a packet
Soccer is football and baseball’s not cricket
Stockings have ladders and Cricket has runs
Baps is the word for my favourite buns

If you’re thinkin’ I’ve been drinkin’; if I seem a cad
Oh, won’t you remember I’m just a poor Yank,
and that’s why I talk... so bad

Two pints of bitter was not a bad notion
Held up two fingers and caused a commotion
I didn’t quack but you called me a duck
Muffler’s not something to quiet a truck

You call me luv; I don’t know who you are, pet
But when I say shag, ducks, I only mean carpet
Met a cute bloke at the Anchor & Bull
Kept my hands off him but he said I pulled

I get confused but I can’t ask my granny
My knickers are knackered and show off my f...reckles
You can go barking though you’re not a dog,
Everyone goes to the loo in a swamp... (um, bog!)

If my diction causes friction; if I’m misconstrued
Oh, won’t you remember I’m just a poor Yank,
and that’s why I talk... so rude!

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GLOSSARY
UK/Yorkshire word – US word
------------------------------------
jelly – Jello
jam – jelly
preserves – jam
boot – (car) trunk
wellie (short for Wellington) – boot
sultana – raisin (sort of: raisins and a sultanas are produced from the same grape but a raisin is dried naturally, and a sultana is dipped in veg oil and acid and then dried.)
summat – something (I think it's a corruption of somewhat)
jumper – sweater
Bob's your uncle – you're all set/in good shape
Auntie Beeb – the BBC
landlord – pub owner
suspenders – garter
braces – suspenders
rubber – condom
queue – line
line – telephone line
engaged – busy
stop – stay
while – until
knob – dick
biscuit – cookie
tart – loose woman
nice bit of crumpet – very attractive woman (usually young)
cracker – very attractive woman
flannel – washcloth
fleece – warm jacket (often woolen)
chips – french fries
crisps – potato chips
football – soccer
ladder – run (as in stocking)
steps – ladder
baps – bread rolls
holding up two fingers is like flipping the bird to someone – rudest possible gesture (but it's ok if you do it like a peace sign).
meduck/ducks – dearie
muffler – scarf
silencer – muffler
luv – darlin'
pet – dear
shag – have sex with
pulled – successfully picked up/scored
knickers – undies
pants – underpants
knackered – worn out
fanny – pussy (as in woman's "front bottom")
barking – mad
bog – bathroom (Brits think we're rather silly to call it a bathroom, especially if there's not even a bath in it)


Vikki's concert is hosted by Piers Cawley, also a good singer.


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Subject: ADD: True Love (Vikki Appleton Fielden)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 03:34 PM

Thread #168211   Message #4063299
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
07-Jul-20 - 11:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: True Love (alternative broken token song
Subject: Lyr Add: TRUE LOVE (Vikki Appleton Fielden)

Hello folks,

Sang this during Monday's world-wide sing and was asked for the words, so here they are (and after the song, a link to a video with the tune):

I wrote this because I was getting tired of all the trad broken token songs where the "fair maid" collapses weeping/vows she'll never marry when told her true love is dead, then falls rejoicing into the arms of her love when he says "Only kidding! It's really me – I just wanted to test your love."
Personally, I think she oughta smack him...


TRUE LOVE
by Vikki Appleton Fielden
©August 2018

As I roved out one May morning, I spied a maiden fair
I asked her if she'd marry me and my love did declare
She said her love was far away and that she must be true
And showed to me one half a coin that had been broke in two
Two-oh, two-oh, had been broke in two-oh...
And showed to me one half a coin that had been broke in two

Then I held up the other half and said, "Tis I, your Will!"
Now twenty years have we been wed and we are happy still
But I've a guilty secret though in wedded bliss we live
Which I will now confess to her, and hope she will forgive
Give-oh, give oh, hope she will forgive oh...
Which I will now confess to her, and hope she will forgive

Your darling Will, he died at sea, a-wounded in the groin
He told me of his love for you and gave me his half-coin
I promised I would tell you this if you I chanced to find
But when I saw you standing there... I somehow changed my mind
Mind-oh, mind-oh, somehow changed my mind oh...
But when I saw you standing there... I somehow changed my mind

Dear husband, what a charming tale, and what a big surprise
To learn that after all these years you told me porkie pies*
So now to you a tale I'll tell about my cousin Nancy
Who tired of waiting for her Will when Johnny caught her fancy
Fancy, fancy, Johnny caught her fancy...
Who tired of waiting for her Will when Johnny caught her fancy

And so to me her coin she gave, the one that was but half
And said, "If Willie e'er returns, 'twill be good for a laugh
I thought that I would tell him this if me he chanced to find
But when I saw you standing there... I somehow changed my mind
Mind-oh, mind-oh, somehow changed my mind oh...
But when I saw you standing there... I somehow changed my mind

So now my tale is at an end, our love has passed the test
And even after all these years, it turned out for the best
For I love her and she loves me; we found the love we sought
Despite the fact that neither one is who the other thought
Thought-oh, thought-oh, who the other thought oh...
Despite the fact that neither one is who the other thought


*"pork pies" is Cockney rhyming slang for "lies"
Link to video of me singing it, for those who want the tune as well: https://www.facebook.com/100008219862447/videos/2739949582955677/


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Subject: ADD: Ode to Joy (alt lyrics for EU anthem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 03:37 PM

Thread #161747   Message #4062114
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
30-Jun-20 - 01:32 AM
Thread Name: Ode to Joy - other lyrics
Subject: ADD: Ode to Joy (alt lyrics for EU anthem)

Here are the words for the EU Anthem I sang at yesterday's session (I've also added them to the "National Anthems" thread):

ODE TO JOY
(new words ©Vikki Fielden, 15/1/19)

Let us sing in celebration
Of a union strong and free
Though we are of many nations
Europeans proud are we

As we join in joint endeavour
Let us strive for truth and peace
As our nations work together
May our friendships never cease

Let us sing in celebration
Of a union strong and free
Though we are of many nations
Europeans proud are we

Grant us grace, that we may we live our
Lives in peace and unity
And in future we may give our
Children hope and harmony

Let us sing in celebration
Of a union strong and free
Though we are of many nations
Europeans proud are we
Though we are of many nations
Europeans proud are we


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Subject: ADD: April Fool (Vikki Appleton Fielden)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 03:52 PM

http://thedance.net/~roth/SONGS/aprilfool.html

April Fool
(Vikki Appleton)

Come sit ye down beside me and hear my sorry tale
And if you have a mind to, you might purchase me an ale
Me heart is sick and weary and me pride is hurtin' bad
And if you listen, you will hear the time that I have had.
Chorus:
   For there's no fool like an April fool
   I thought I'd learned me lessons, but now I'm back in school
   And there's no fool like an April fool
   So I'll just drink and sit and think, how love can be so cruel.

Now I was just a fool for love -- I guess I lost me head
But she was young and pretty and she winked at me and said
Come sit ye down beside me and we'll have a drink or two
Her charms were irresistible... what else was I to do?

We passed a lovely evening there and when she asked me in
I knew that luck was with me (or perhaps it was the gin)...
The next thing I remember I was lyin' in the street
Without a stitch of clothing or the shoes upon me feet.

So now, your Honour, here I stand, and now I comprehend
Not every lass who smiles at you is bound to be a friend
So if you'll take a tip from me concernin' lovin's game
Don't trust a girl who swears to you that April is her name...



BTW, I've just noticed that the version of April Fool posted here needs updating, as I've tweaked it since it was first written; that line is now:
"Don't trust a girl who tells you, Sir, that April is her name."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 04:23 PM

Great stuff, Joe! I don't know Vikki but we do have mutual friends I believe. The Europe anthem is pretty poignant at the moment!


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Subject: ADD: Email He-male (Vikki Appleton Fielden)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 05:52 PM

Thread #138566   Message #3171731
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
16-Jun-11 - 07:53 PM
Thread Name: Help me get 'exposure' for e-sex song?
Subject: ADD: e-mail He-male (Vikki Appleton)

oldhippie, thanks!

Michael, good idea, but I'm going crazy with getting ready to leave for the US (for 2 months, to visit my family) in less than a week, and I've never uploaded anything to YouTube before, let alone put together a video montage -- I think it would be biting off more than I can chew at the moment. The timing is unfortunate; I wish I'd realised a bit sooner! Thank you anyway...

For anyone interested, here are the words:

=================================

e-mail He-male
(©1995 Vikki Appleton)

I got me an e-mail he-male... cruisin' on the internet
I got me an e-mail he-male... usin' on the internet
Well the man can push my buttons... even though we haven't met.

Now I never seen his hardware, but I really could not care
And he cannot touch my software... sister, ask me if I care
'Cause he can turn me on... even though he isn't there.

Well I know he's user-friendly... he can tell me what to do
Honey, he's a friendly user... knows exactly what to do
And I don't know how he does it, but I'm smilin' when he's through!

Bridge:
    Well, the man knows how to send me... he's got a magic hand
    When I open up my mailbox, I just come at his command
    Oh, I love to see him upload... he don't ever need no rest
    'Cause the guy ain't got a floppy... yes, his hard drive is the best.

So I get my satisfaction... from a man I do not know
Yes, I get some satisfaction, honey... from a man I'll never know
'Cause cyberluv is better, baby -- it's the only way go
'Cause cyberluv is safer, honey! It's the way to... come and go!

===============

Interestingly, I wrote e-mail He-male in 1995. A few years later, I met the man who is now my husband -- online (much to my surprise). Thus did life imitate art imitating life, and I ended up moving to Sheffield (from the Detroit area).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 05:54 PM

Wow!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 20 - 06:16 PM

And besides that, she's such a nice person!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: r.padgett
Date: 12 Dec 20 - 02:24 AM

Yes I know Vikki

Football is football ~ American football is American football end of!


Soccer does not exist in UK

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 12 Dec 20 - 04:08 AM

Lovely to hear from her after all this time. Very urbane lyrics too. Please pass on my warmest regards.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Cool Beans
Date: 12 Dec 20 - 12:44 PM

Vikki, these are wonderful!!
Marty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 08:39 PM

Wow! I only check in on Mudcat sporadically these days, so I've only just happened across this thread (while googling for my April Fool song; was wondering whether or not I'd posted the words here).

Thank you, Joe! I consider it a real honor that you took the time to do this. I might add a few songs when I have a spare moment.

Steve, I don't think we've met, but we've both attended events in Sheffield (including the Wanton Seed book launch and Trad Song Forum meetings). I'm certainly aware of all your good work in the field. Perhaps we will eventually meet, post-Covid...

Hi Ray, hope to see and sing with you again one of these months...

Al, good to hear from you, too! Hope you're well and enjoying your retirement.

Marty, coming from you, I consider that to be very high praise indeed.

Thanks again to Joe and the rest of you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: r.padgett
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 03:57 AM

"there's no fool like an April Fool" missed it!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 09:29 AM

Vikki,
Do you have any specifically Yorkshire songs we could add to our Yorkshire Garland website if ever we get the chance to add more songs?

Do you have a website? Ours are www.sparehands.org and www.yorkshirefolksong.net among others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 12:41 AM

Wow, Steve, I'm very flattered that you would ask!

I don't have any specifically Yorkshire songs; I'm a transplanted Yank (hence the "Favo(u)rite Things" song, inspired by the steep vocabulary learning curve when I moved from the Detroit area to Sheffield 20+ years ago), so it might be a bit presumptuous of me to write a Yorkshire song (then again, maybe someday)...

I don't have a website, although I should probably do something about that one of these days.

Raymond, yes, this is definitely the time of year I'd sing April Fool. (Have been doing it at some zoom sings, though it's not the same, of course.)

BTW, I've just noticed that the version of April Fool posted here needs updating, as I've tweaked it since it was first written; that line is now:
"Don't trust a girl who tells you, Sir, that April is her name."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: r.padgett
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 02:32 AM

Hy Vikki ~ not really sung anything last 12 months or so ~ though I bring songs to mind and pick up the concertina for tunes ~ a bit of a problem without fellow singers around

Hopefully we will get the all clear before long now ~ fingers crossed

Ray

New songs in the making then Vikki?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 09:34 AM

Hi Vikki,
You have every qualification to write a Yorkshire song, not least being an excellent songwriter. Some of the world's best songs are about places the writer has never been to. I write songs about the trawling industry. I've never been to sea on a trawler but I've read lots of books and talked to people who have. Added to that is the fact sometimes a newcomer's perspective is desirable.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 12:09 AM

Steve, thank you very much for the kind words. That's food for thought – and definitely motivation to have a go at writing a Yorkshire song!

Ray, have you tried any of the zoom sings? I can definitely recommend the Mudcat sing on Monday evenings! I've been singing more this past year than before Covid; I manage 7-10 a week, and I think they've helped keep me sane during lockdown. I do sorely miss 'wall of sound' sessions like Kelham Island Tavern, but it's been lovely getting to meet/hear other folkies from various countries and time zones.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: leeneia
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 12:39 AM

AAAGRHH! The video is unavailable.

I love the song True Love.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 10:09 PM

Hi leeneia! That's odd, as I've just copy-pasted the link and it works when I do that. (It also works when my husband tries it.) It is a link to a post in the Mudcat group on fb, so if you don't do fb, maybe that's why? Anyway, if you PM me your @ddress, I'd be happy to send you an mp3.

Steve, I've thought of something I've written that might qualify as a Yorkshire song... inspired by the Sheffield flooding of 2007. Only problem is that it's a parody – of John Tams' wonderful Rolling Home. He is aware of it, thanks to a friend of mine who sent it to him (without telling me) and has given me his blessing – verbally, though not in writing, so he may or may not remember doing so at this point. But it's not entirely original, so may not truly qualify...

?Rowing Home
with apologies to John Tams
new words ©July 2007 Vikki Appleton Fielden

There goes the River Don, luv,
Just watch it bloody rise
There’s a place we go to sleep each night,
Waits on the other side
There’ll be p’lice & mud aplenty,
And Skodas in the foam
As we go rowing home,
As we go rowing home

CHORUS:
Rowing home, as we go rowing home,
When we go rowing, rowing,
As we go rowing home.


From Meadowhall to Brightside,
The helicopters roar
The river tops The Wicker,
And tide’s in down Shalesmoor
There are no trams or buses,
Or taxis we can phone
So we’ll go rowing home,
We will go rowing home

CHORUS

They kicked us out of Fatcat*,
Although the beer weren’t gone
They said it were not safe no more,
Though we had us wellies on
So it’s a little damp, miluv
There’s still no need to moan
As long as tap still flows,
We won’t be rowing home

CHORUS

The rain is on my hedgerow...
So is the River Don
And now I can go fishing
Where once I mowed the lawn
So Walkley’s lost their power
I’ve lost me garden gnome!
I hope it’s rowing home,
I hope it’s rowing home

CHORUS

So Summer’s brought us flooding
Now winter drought has passed
If this i’n’t global warming,
George Bush can kiss my... knee
If we don’t pull together,
We’ll reap what we have sown
As we go rowing home,
As we go rowing home

CHORUS

*If singing for people who don't know Sheffield, substitute "pub, lads" for "Fatcat".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: r.padgett
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 02:23 AM

Yes Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern ~ referred to as KIT and

Shakespeare(Gibraltar Street) all quite close to each other ~ all folkie pubs ~

Kelham Island Industrial Museum with its iron and steel exhibits worth a look if visiting

Sheffield has in the past suffered some high flooding levels ~ hopefully sorted now

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 09:39 AM

Okay, Vikki
I believe a parody is counted as an original composition so the text is fine. However if the tune is as one presumes the same, we would need permission to record that, and presumably you singing it. Regarding localised placenames in Sheffield, that's all fine too. If any explanation is needed that comes in the provenance notes. Once you or s.o.e. has got permission to use the tune from John, unless of course it's a traditional tune, which I don't think it is.(then we'll need to get it recorded). The verse tune is quite close to one of those tunes used for 'The Dolphin' with a different rhythm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 10:39 PM

Very interesting, Steve, thanks. (I don't know what "s.o.e." stands for, though.)
The tune is the same as Rolling Home; I don't know John personally, so I don't know if an email from me would get through...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: GerryM
Date: 10 Apr 21 - 12:08 AM

"s.o.e." = "SomeOne Else".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of the Yorkshire Yankee
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 05:22 AM

Thanks, Gerry.


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