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The Woolston Ferry Song

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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

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