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Uploaded on May 11, 2006
For many years there was a chain ferry across the river Itchen from Southampton to Woolston. Also known as the Floating bridge. It was Painted by artist LS Lowry RA. About 30 years ago it was replaced by a bridge. But it was part of Southamptons identity. The Woolston Ferry I looked over Woolston and what did I see Coming for to carry me home That old Woolston Ferry coming towards me Coming for to carry me home (Remainder sung to the tune of 'Midnight Express') If you're ever up in Sholing And you want to go to town Don't you go by Bitterne That's the long way round Take a trip across the ferry Take a trip across the sea And if you're a pedestrian You can go for free Chorus On the Woolston Ferry It doesn't travel very fast It was never built for comfort It was built to last
On two steel hawsers Across the river it will creep The silver glints in the sunlight And flops back into the deep And from the deck of the ferry What a wonderful sight Them shipwrights grafting And Thorneycroft's on the right
Go and see Lowry's painting In the Art Gallery Of the wonderful relic Of a past century And when I speak of it's construction You'll be suprised to learn That the bow going one way Coming back becomes the stern
See the weather-beaten captain With his weather-beaten tan He don't wear no gold braid He's a corporation man But the captains of the ferry They're a dying race There ain't no ex-tram drivers To take their place
But the floating bridge has had it It will have to go The motorists don't like it 16p a throw So they've built a bridge of concrete Very modern, very high Every time I use it I look down and heave a sigh