JIM BENNETT and his Liverpool Songs
Lyrics for some Merseyside folk-songs by Jim Bennett.
The songs on this page were written Jim Bennett, a Merseyside poet from Wallasey, who sang in various folk clubs, including the Wallasey Wreckers for a time. I am making them available here, in their own page, to give him his rightful place among the composers of the folk songs of Liverpool.

Please note; this is not the main source of information about Jim Bennett.
This is a section of my Liverpool Lyrics web-area, linking Jim's Liverpool songs to the other songs. Similarly, Jim's poetry does not and will not feature here; this is for Jim's songs.

The URLs for Jim and his work are http://www.poetrykit.org/jim/index.htm
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Please feel free to click here to email Gerry Jones, webmaster, with more information about Jim or his songs, and especially if you can offer some more lyrics or answer some of the Questions.
CONTENTS

Docklands,
The Ferryman
The Wrecking Coast
Superlambanana

Bernie Gallaher has permission for this page to display the lyrics-only to SuperLamb Banana

You can hear the three songs by following this link to three songs at Soundclick
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=6343

Dockland is there, Needle with your Name on, (written after the death of the singer Nico), and Victims, (written after Sept 11),. Jim does not intend singing it again, but it can go on that site for those that wanted it. It was top of the download chart in 2002/3 for eight months in the USA done by a tribute band which was actually the songwriter Mick Moss doing all the parts. Proceeds went to the Red Cross. Jim's version is on the Soundclick site.

CONTENTS LIST.

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Song of the Night Shift.


Top of the page.


Here are the other pages of this site:

LYRICS page of Liverpool Lyrics site.
SINGERS page of Liverpool Lyrics site.

OTHER PAGES from Gerry Jones.

MUSIC: the Liverpool Country Dance Band
SONG: the "Travelling People" folk musicians.
SCOTTISH ; Liverpool branch of the RSCDS
IRISH: Merseyside Irish Dancing information.
ENGLISH:Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubs, and inc. bands & callers, as in Newsletters.
Liverpool CONTRA Folk-dance club
my two Country Dancing Clubs in Liverpool.
HOME WATCH; Lingfield Grove L14 3LG
Gerry Jones, the handy musician For other links of interest, see foot of page.

Dockland by Jim Bennett

He was born in a dockland an age ago
he remembered the winters covered in snow
and the smell of the Boss White and verdigris
he breathes like the wind through leafless trees
they're no more

he recalled the depression how he begged for his job
but the boss was a bastard and the foremen a sod
he had to join queues to get picked for a day
but often went home without any pay
they were treated like dogs

He can still hear the sound of the one o clock gun
that kept the ships true till their voyage was done
Now he sits at the Pier Head and gazes to sea
and he remembers the stories and tells them to me
tells them to me

He tells of the long walk to Birmingham
on the road that was trodden by many a man
And the promise of work that turned into dust
he worked where he could and did what he must
to survive

He remembers the ships that sailed from this port
and the ones he built and the ones that they fought
And the smell and the sounds of fire in the night
seeing his brothers going to fight
in a war


He can still hear the sound of the one o clock gun
that kept the ships true till their voyage was done
Now he sits at the Pier Head and gazes to sea
and he remembers the stories and tells them to me
tells them to me

The salt in the water took skin from his neck
he was deafened by riveters up on the deck
and shouts could be heard from men down below
he hears them still and he's ready to go
their callling to him

All the sounds and the smells of the Liverpool Docks
are still in his blood and hold him like stocks
he sits and remembers the things from his past
to him they're real but fading fast
they're fading fast

He can still hear the sound of the one o clock gun
that kept the ships true till their voyage was done
Now he sits at the Pier Head and gazes to sea
and he remembers the stories and tells them to me
tells them to me

Copyright EMI Rocords and Long Neck Media

The Ferryman by Jim Bennett

the ferryman rows against the tide
as he takes us on to the others side
across the river that's deep and wide
the ferryman takes us over

one day he set off in wind and rain
his boat and he were not seen again
though all were drowned he still remains
the ferryman takes us over

he waits at the shore till his boat is full
then on the oars his great arms pull
across the river deep and dull
the ferryman takes us over

he battles on through storm and rain
his mighty arms ignore the pain
as he pulls the oars again and again
the ferryman takes us over

he rows by night and he rows by day
he rows each day of our lives away
and when we'll meet he will not say
the ferryman takes us over

with him we take our final ride
he takes us on to the other side
across the river deep and wide
the ferryman takes us over


The Wrecking Coast by Jim Bennett

Mother Redcap stands her ground
she waves and twists her light around
she watches ships as they grind aground
on the wrecking coast of England
so pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
from the wrecking coast of England And the Wallasey wreckers make their way
across the rocks out to the bay
they strip the ship till glint of day
tips the wrecking coast of England
so pull on the rope (heave ho)...

then in tunnels underneath the ground
where contraband will not be found
the wreckers move without a sound
from the wrecking coast of England
so pull on the rope (heave ho)

so pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
from the wrecking coast of England

casks of wine and ale stand by
weapons, sheets and ropes piled high
tobacco rum and spirits by
the wrecking coast of England
so pull on the rope (heave ho)

Mother Redcap stands her ground
she waves and twists her light around
she watches ships as they grind aground
on the wrecking coast of England
so pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
pull on the rope (heave ho)
from the wrecking coast of England

Chorus

Superlamb banana

super lamb banana is an icon by the docks
standing head high pointing out to sea
we celebrate his differences
by painting him bright yellow
and putting him were very few can see

super lamb banana is alone in all the world
the only super lamb that we will ever know
apart from the ceramic ones
that sell to all the tourists
and the postcards that come ready stamped to go

(Ch) but super lamb banana has a job to do
as he stands there with his head held high
he points towards our future
and reminds us of our past
and he does it with a twinkle in his eye

Super lamb banana?s life has not been very easy
he?s been moved around the city site to site
he?s lived down in Clayton Square
and by the Liver Building
like the homeless he?s moved in the dead of night

Super lamb banana has to live with thoughts of failure
knowing that many think that he?s a waste of time
and as he?s the only one there is
here?s no one else to mate with
so life really hasn?t been so kind

(Ch) but super lamb banana has a job to do
as he stands there with his head held high
he points towards our future
and reminds us of our past
and he does it with a twinkle in his eye

and he does it with a twinkle in his eye super lamb banana is an icon by the docks
standing head high pointing out to sea
and we celebrate his differences
by painting him bright yellow
and putting him were very few can see

(Ch) but super lamb banana has a job to do
as he stands there with his head held high
he points towards our future
and reminds us of our past
and he does it with a twinkle in his none-existent eye
and he does it with a twinkle in his none-existent eye

he points towards our future
and reminds us of our past
and he does it with a twinkle in his none-existent eye

(c) 2002 Jim Bennett
Published by Starwood and EMI records

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SINGERS' PAGE?
I have made another page to hold information about the various singers and writers of Liverpool folk-songs, so that such information as comes my way will be made available, while leaving the Songs page to be just that. Some items may prove to be inseparable from their composer, but I'll be giving it a try. Anybody got any suggestions of people to be included? Anybody got some information, data, or appreciations that they feel should be available on internet?

Some other sites that may interest you:

The folksong index from Nottingham Univ. Ramblers.(RamSoc)
The Spinners song "Ellan Vannin"history, words and audio.
MacLennan Scottish Group (Kent).
LIVERPOOL TALES a miscellany of stories, poetry, and writings about Liverpool and Merseyside.
Lyrics and Tune Archives. A resource from many lands by Henry Kochlin from Germany.
The WIRRAL SOUND. the marching band of Moreton (Wirral) Boys & Girls Brigades
"Lancashire Folk" : details of folk activities in Lancashire, inc. bands & callers.
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Disclaimer:
These lyrics have been dredged up from my memory, or contributed by various composers. The lyrics on this page may be protected under various owners' copyrights. Use of these lyrics should not be charged for under any circumstances. For any commercial use you must have owners consent. I truly believe the lyrics contained within this site are legal, I cannot guarantee that there are no copyright infringements. To the best of my knowledge I have abided by copyright laws and ethics. If anyone has a claim to any lyrics on this page, and wish for it to be removed or credited please contact me via e-mail. If there is anyone I have failed to acknowledge please excuse the oversight, & contact me by mail with the necessary details to deal with the situation. GBJ.

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