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Published on Mar 5, 2008

A dialect story song from around the River Wear, about a myth from the North East of England about a huge 'worm' or serpent that was caught by Lord Lambton and cast down a well in County Durham. While he went to fight in the Crusades it grew and devoured everything that it could. He heard of the monster and returned and killed it. The legend goes that since he didn't follow the instructions to the letter to kill it, every male member of the line of Lambton was doomed and cursed to an untimely end.
"Whisht" means be quiet and listen.
"Haad Ya Gobs" means hold your mouth and be silent.
"He couldn't Fash to Carry it hyem" means he couldn't be bothered to bring it home.
There are many different terms of local dialect that are not as frequently used as in the past but they colour this old song beautifully.
When I was younger this was the kind of song that we were made to sing at school so it has taken a long time to review and regard its merits as a good bit of local legend wrapped in an enjoyable, catchy song

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angela tate
The story is hinting at the fact that all the 'elites' of this world (including that monster the queen) are interdimensional demons. There is so much truth to be found if people would only just take a step back to absorb the whole picture, you need to actually see instead of just looking.
Phil Atkinson
Canny! I have put out a new book of North East folk tales on Amazon. I bet you're familiar with most of them Tony. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Folk-Tales-North-East-England-x/dp/154136371X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485382167&sr=8-1&keywords=Folk+Tales+of+North+East+England
Marvelous! 😍😍😍 I l-l-love it!
It's not really a "dialect story" song if you don't sing it in dialect mate. Otherwise, great stuff.
Oh my god, I'm gonna do it . . . I'm gonna learn the song for my brother.
SiQi Chen
I liked so much 
Good song :)
It's in G with the chords of G C Am D being used in a four-chord turn around.
Dave Hodgson
Fantastic stuff. Love this song.
I have been called many things in my life but 'polished accent' that's nearly up there with a 'ye gods!' I received a few years ago. I take these 'comments' with a huge amount of sodium chloride. It's just a story, and you're not the critic from the Guardian. By the way if, by some chance you do just happen to be the critic from the Guardian...I've always loved your paper and I think that you give a truly representative feel for the nwes.

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