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Gary Miller 'Folk Song For Thomas Spence', Heureka, Vienna 20.07.10

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Published on Aug 2, 2010

Gary Miller performing 'Folk Song For Thomas Spence' at Cafe Heureka, Vienna on 20th July 2010.
Unfortunately only the first half of the song was recorded (as I only had a 4gb sdhc memory card with me which became full before the end of the concert - I've since invested in some more memory cards! Too late though to capture a powerful shipbuilding medley of 'Land of the Dinosaur' / 'I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In' / 'The Man Who Sold His Town' and a storming 'Albatross and Endurance' - The Whisky Priests song that got away! - bugger!). The lyrics to 'Folk Song For Thomas Spence' are by Keith Armstrong and the tune is by Gary Miller. This song was first performed at the unveiling ceremony of a plaque in honour of Thomas Spence at Newcastle Quayside on Monday 21st June 2010.

FOLK SONG FOR THOMAS SPENCE

Down by the old quayside
I heard a young man cry
Among the nets and ships he made his way
As the keelboats buzzed along
He sang a seagull's song
He cried out for the Rights of you and me

Oh lads, that man was Thomas Spence
He gave up all his life
Just to be free
Up and down the cobbled Side
Struggling on through the Broad Chare
He shouted out his wares
For you and me

Oh lads, you should have seen him gan
He was a man the likes you rarely see
With a pamphlet in his hand
And a poem at his command
He haunts the quayside still
And his words sing

His folks they both were Scots
Sold fishing nets and socks
Through the fog on the Tyne they plied their trade
In this theatre of life
The crying and the strife
They tried to be decent and strong

Oh lads, that man was Thomas Spence
He gave up all his life
Just to be free
Up and down the cobbled Side
Struggling on through the Broad Chare
He shouted out his wares
For you and me

Oh lads, you should have seen him gan
He was a man the likes you rarely see
With a pamphlet in his hand
And a poem at his command
He haunts the quayside still
And his words sing

(lyrics: Keith Armstrong / music: Gary Miller)

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