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Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

"ADGE CUTLER'S FAMILY ALBUM"   LP


This was the second 'live' album released by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, originally released in early October 1967 as a 12" vinyl LP on the Columbia record label. It was initially released in mono only (catalogue number SX6165). It was subsequently repressed in mono between 1973 and 1979 with a stereo pressing issued in 1976 (SCX6165) accompanied by a cassette tape version. A release on CD was made in 2009.

The Band Line-Up:

Soon after the first album by Adge and his Wurzels was released Brian Walker left the band and the line-up was then left as Reg Quantrill, Reg Chant and John Macey. By the time the disc was released in the October of 1967 both Reg Chant and John Macey had also moved on. Reg's full-time job was landlord of the Midland Hotel in Bristol and he found it hard to balance the responsibilities of his 'proper' job with playing in Adge's newly formed group. John Macey just felt that full time work in a 'band on the road' wasn't for him having previously tried and been unhappy with a similar role with Acker Bilk's group. In their absence Pete Shuttler (of 'Yetties' fame), and Ken Scott, stood in until Tommy Banner joined the group on a permanent basis in November 1967 just after the album had been released.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. Easton-in-Gordano (Cutler)
    2. Sweet Violets (Coben-Green)
    3. The Wild West Show (New words & music
        adapt. by Bob Barratt)
    4. Barcelona Blues (Cutler)
    5. The Somerset Space Race (Cutler)
    6. Freak-Out In Somerset (New words &
        music adapt. by Bob Barratt)
  • Side 2
  • 1. Moonlight On The Malago (Cutler)
    2. Sniff Up Thy Snuff (Macey)
    3. Drunk Again (Macey-Quantrell)
    4. Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton (Detroit)
    5. Avonmouth Mary (Cutler)
    6. The Shepton Mallet Matador (Cutler)

The Album:

As the sleeve notes and local newspaper coverage make clear this album was recorded 'live' on May 3rd 1967 at the Royal Oak in Nailsea, Somerset - in the same upstairs room as the group's previous album six months earlier. This album was again a great success and although it did not enter the UK album charts EMI were again able to discuss future projects with the band

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Like the first album recording session, this was again a lively night with a full crowd, but on this occasion entry was by ticket-only in an effort to overcome the overcrowding experienced then. There is no evidence that this strategy worked!

The 'Western Daily Press' reported on the recording of this second LP with their photographer capturing Adge holding court with (on the left) the EMI recording engineers sat at their recording desks and on the right Johnny Macey and Reg Quantrill. Reg Chant is out-of-shot to the right of the group.

The Tracks:

All the tracks on this album were previously unreleased with the exception of 'Easton In Gordano ' (side 1 track 1) which had been the B side of a single released in the promotional run-up to the album - the single was actually a straight lift from the album master with the introduction slightly edited - and it is undoubtedly a studio recording rather than part of the 'live' recording session for this album. (The A side of the single was 'I Wish I Was Back On The Farm ' also a previously unreleased track).

Unlike Adge's first album this one included six tracks which were not self-penned - although two of these were actually credited to band members John Macey ('Sniff Up Thy Snuff' side 2 track 2) and Reg Quantrill ('Drunk Again ' side 2 track 3 along with John Macey).

This album also contained three adaptations by the record producer Bob Barratt: 'The Wild West Show ' (side 1 track 3) - this song is actually a cante-fable with only the chorus sung and is also known under the titles "The Hamburg Show" and "Larry Turn the Crank". The earliest printed text can be found in 'Immortalia' dating from 1927. The second adaptation is 'Freak-Out In Somerset' (side 1 track 6) The adaptation is of the well-known rugby song 'Four & Twenty Virgins' with this version describing the dubious goings on at a freak-out where the participants have been indulging in too much of that Sixties hallucinogenic substance known as scrumpy! ​

'The Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton ' (side 2 track 4) is credited to 'Detroit'. Until recently nothing was known about Detroit, or Dwayne Detroit as he is believed to have been (as this person wrote several similar songs) but latest research has found this person to be none other than Bob Barratt again - the first of many contributions Bob would make to the Wurzels recorded output over the years.

'Sweet Violets' was recorded by Dinah Shore with Henri René's Orchestra & Chorus in Hollywood, the chorus is even earlier being taken from a song by Joseph Emmet, in his 1882 play 'Fritz Among the Gypsies'.

Of these six tracks none were in the set-list repertoire of Adge and the band at the time of the album recording.
The remaining six tracks were all self-penned by Adge:

Side 1
1. 'Easton-in-Gordano ' Written by Adge in the 1950's this appeared on the demo disc Adge did with Acker Bilk in 1958. It wasn't part of the normal repertoire at the time of recording this album.

4. 'Barcelona Blues' This song was listed as a song title in Adge's 1965 diary but no lyrics were recorded. This album is the first time it makes an appearance, it was not part of the set-list before this album release.

5. 'The Somerset Space Race ' This is a song that appears at length in Adge's rehearsal tapes from 1967. There is no record of it being sung at gigs. The BBC TV news report on the recording of this album shows this song, in part, being performed although interestingly enough it is not exactly the same take that appears on the LP.​



Side 2
1. 'Moonlight On The Malago ' One of two songs on the album that was being performed regularly at gigs at the time of recording. It is unclear when it was written. ​

5. 'Avonmouth Mary ' On the evening of the recording of the first LP the audience were given duplicated copies of the song lyrics - 'your ancient and modern sheets' as Adge refers to them on the album - and one song in particular stands out namely 'Swansea Susie'. This recording didn't make it onto any albums unfortunately but was resurrected with slightly different words on this their 2nd LP as 'Avonmouth Mary ' - however it was still on the gig set-list being performed as 'Swansea Susie'. ​

6. 'The Shepton Mallet Matador ' One of two songs on the album that was being performed regularly at gigs at the time of recording. It is unclear when it was written. 

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Quite a rare photo of Adge and The Wurzels on stage - this shows the line-up when the 'Family Album' was recorded with, from left to right - Reg Chant on accordion, John Macey on double bass, Adge Cutler and Reg Quantrill. 

Disc and Label Variations:

This LP was originally released on the blue/black Columbia label in mono. It was repressed a few times in mono between 1967 and 1979 on the EMI silver-black single and two box labels. It was released in Stereo in 1976 on the EMI silver-black two box label.

The examples below and the associated statistics are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represent what a collector should expect to find. For more information on references to matrix information (including information on acetates), vinyl tax codes , album sleeves, singles sleeves, and Columbia album labels, then refer to the Vinyl Collecting Guides on the main menu.

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1967 first mono pressing of SX6165, Columbia blue-black label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix. No pressings with a master or mother code other than '1' have been found to date.

This disc comes in a triple flipback sleeve (1963-1971 style) and normally the crimson EMI advertising inner sleeve type F but can also be found in the previous styles A to E. ​ This pressing's vinyl weight is a hefty 159g giving the record good stability and tone. The luxury goods tax code 'KT' can be seen embossed onto the vinyl on side 1.

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Mono pressing of SX6165, Columbia blue-black label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446. No pressings with a master or mother code other than '1' have been found to date.
This disc comes in a triple flipback sleeve (1963-1971 style) and normally the crimson EMI advertising inner sleeve type F but can also be found in the previous styles A to E. With no tax code this disc was pressed post December 31st 1968.
This pressing's vinyl weight is  good 150g, slightly less than the previous example.

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1969 first mono repressing of SX6165 on the silver and black single box label Columbia EMI label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix. ​

This disc comes in a triple flipback sleeve (1963-1971 style) and the crimson EMI advertising inner sleeve type F (1968-69).

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1971-1973 mono repressing of SX6165 on the silver and black two box Columbia EMI label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix. No pressings with a master or mother code other than '1' have been found to date. ​

This disc can be found in the triple flipback sleeve (1963-1971 style), the double flipback sleeve (1970-1973 style) or the wrap-round sleeve (1973 onwards) - and a crimson EMI advertising inner sleeve type G or the EMI company sleeves H or J. ​ This pressing's vinyl is 145g, mid-range, giving a reasonable sound. 

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1973-1979 mono repressing of SX6165 on the silver and black two box Columbia EMI label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix. This example is a second mother pressing, quite unusual for an Adge record.​    The outer sleeve is of the new wrap-around design (1973 onwards). This sleeve design resulted in the loss of the information previously appearing on the flaps, so the 'filing' information (previously 'File under STANDARD' and 'Humorous Records' ) and the printer and catalogue reference information (Garrod & Lofthouse etc etc) did not appear. The words 'Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd' only were printed along the bottom edge of the sleeve.  The inner sleeve can be of type G to L covering 1973-1980. This pressing's vinyl is 118g, rather lightweight and flimsy, at the lower range for EMI vinyl. 

1976 saw a huge resurgence in the popularity of The Wurzels both in chart successes and TV appearances. As a result EMI saw fit to re-release Adge's first two mono albums 'electronically reprocessed to give a stereo effect'.

As 'The Gramophone Magazine' reported in December 1976:

"Recent feats by The Wurzels in the hit parade seem to have stimulated a revival of material dating from 1966 and 1967 when they were led by the late Adge Cutler, and “Adge Cutler And The Wurzels” (Columbia SCX 6126; TC-SCX 6126) and “Adge Cutler’s Family Album” (Columbia SCX 6165; TC-SCX 6165) were both recorded at the Royal Oak in Nailsea, the heart of Somerset’s Wurzel country. Both contain liberal helpings of what producer Bob Barratt rightly says is “not really pop and not really comedy”, but surely is some latter-day West Country folk music preserving much of the bucolic charm and traditions of the past. Therefore much credit belongs to the memory of Adge Cutler because he wrote all of the songs in the first album and half of those in the second"

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1976 stereo repressing of SX6165 on the silver and black two box Columbia EMI label with the YAX5155 and YAX5156 matrix. No pressings with a master or mother code other than '1' have been found to date.​ The outer sleeve is of the new wrap-around design (1973 onwards) - design change consequences as above. The inner sleeve can be of type G to L covering 1973 - 1980. In this example the text on 1 has dropped onto the bottom EMI logo box - compare with the next image. ​
The vinyl has the letters 'HTM' in the run-off on both sides. This refers to Harry T Moss. Harry was a respected and long-served mastering/cutting engineer for EMI for many years. He mastered many of the Beatles records and began to include his initials in the lacquer around 1973. His work was greatly admired around the world and produced some very high-quality records.

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1976 stereo repressing of SX6165 on the silver and black two box label Columbia EMI label with the YAX5155 and YAX5156 matrix. No pressings with a master or mother code other than '1' have been found to date. As in the previous example 'HTM' initials appear in the run-off on both sides. ​
The outer sleeve is of the new wrap-around design (1973 onwards) - design change consequences as above. The inner sleeve can be of type G to L covering 1973 - 1980.​
This example is, again, very lightweight at 118g making a rather flimsy record easily prone to warping

Album Sleeve Details:

All sleeve variations are essentially the same content-wise with just minor changes to filing information, printer etc. with the exception of the 1976 stereo sleeve which was amended to reflect Adge's death in 1974.

Version 1:
Triple-flipback album sleeve 1967-1971 with laminated front and flaps, mono version original album release.
Spine text    'Adge Cutler's Family Album with the Wurzels' 

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Version 2:

                     Double flipback album sleeve 1970-1973 with laminated front and flaps, mono repressing.

                     Spine text    'Adge Cutler's Family Album with the Wurzels'

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Version 3:

                    Wrap-around album sleeve 1973 onwards with laminated front, mono repressing.

                    Spine text    'Adge Cutler's Family Album with the Wurzels'

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Version 4:

Wrap-around EMI album sleeve 1973 onwards with laminated front for the first stereo pressing in 1976.

                  Spine text            ADGE CUTLER'S FAMILY ALBUM WITH THE WURZELS SCX6165

                  Top Edge text     ADGE CUTLER'S FAMILY ALBUM WITH THE WURZELS SCX6165 

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This new stereo version of the album (the tracks had now been 'electronically reprocessed') had a few minor changes to the sleeve compared to earlier ones - the back of the sleeve was now a shade of yellow instead of white card, the notes were changed to reflect the fact that Adge had died in 1974 and the EMI logo on the front was updated to match that of other EMI albums of the time. The artwork date was change to 7607 (rear bottom right corner) indicating that it was at the typesetters in July 1976.

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The front of this latest version of the album sleeve had a revised EMI logo top left of artwork (compare with the image at the top of this page)

Album Transcript:

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Collectors' Extras:


Relatively rare copy of 'Cutler Of The West' nicely autographed by Adge - a clear and good sized autograph in blue biro. The album itself is an October 1967 first mono pressing of SX6165 in a triple-flap sleeve.

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An example of the first mono pressing of SX6165 from 1967, Columbia blue-black label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix.

This disc comes in a triple flipback sleeve (1963-1971 style).

This item is of particular interest to musicophiles in that it was used to remaster this album to CD in 2009

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A rare example of a 'factory sample' variation of the first mono pressing of SX6165 from 1967, on the Columbia blue-black label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix.

This disc came from the collection of the record's producer Bob Barrett without the standard LP sleeve and as such was most likely a copy given to him for inspection before the record went on sale.

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A rare example of a 'factory sample' variation of a later mono pressing pressing of SX6165 dating from 1973, on the EMI silver-black label with the XAX3445 and XAX3446 matrix.

This disc came from the collection of the record's producer Bob Barrett without the standard LP sleeve and as such was again, as  above, most likely a copy given to him for inspection before the record went on sale.

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Very rare 7" 45rpm single sided metal acetate for side 1 track 6.

This item came from producer Bob Barratt's collection. With a white EmiDisc label the title and artist appear - handwritten in blue biro - along with the mastering date, 19/5/67, and the play speed (45).

​ This was a test disc produced to check the mastering for the album - it is identical to the album track including the audience participation noises (which was recorded live on May 3rd). 

Adge Cutler's Family Album - Song Lyrics


  • Side 1
  • 1. Easton-in-Gordano (Cutler)
    2. Sweet Violets (Coben-Green)
    3. The Wild West Show (New words & music 
        adapt. by Bob Barratt)
    4. Barcelona Blues (Cutler)
    5. The Somerset Space Race (Cutler)
    6. Freak-Out In Somerset (New words & 
        music adapt. by Bob Barratt)

  • Side 2     
  • 1. Moonlight On The Malago (Cutler)
    2. Sniff Up Thy Snuff (Macey)
    3. Drunk Again (Macey-Quantrell)
    4. Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton (Detroit)
    5. Avonmouth Mary (Cutler)
    6. The Shepton Mallet Matador (Cutler)

Side 1

Side 1, Track 1 - Easton-In-Gordano

I must go back again-o
To Easton-in-Gordano
That's the place where I was born
On the twenty-first of May
I saw the light of day
On a bright and sunny summer's morn
Oh, the cocks'll be crowing
The farmers all a-mowing
The birds will sing so merrily
For in sunshine or in rain-o
Easton-in-Gordano
Is the place for I to be

I must go back again-o
To Easton-in-Gordano
To see the old folks there
Where the foundry summer breeze
Is full of bread and cheese
To sniff once more that tangy river air
Oh, the lads I'll be seeing
There'll be some 'ow bist thee-ing
From Sheep House Lane to Portbury
And there's no need to explain-o
That Easton-in-Gordano
Is the place for I to be

Oh, I must go back again-o
To Easton-in-Gordano
Can't stay away no more
I shan't be satisfied,
Till I'm by the Avon side
Standing again, down by the old Pill shore
When I get down yonder
No more will I wander
Far from the Kings Arms or Rudgleigh
And there'll no more more complain-o
Cos Easton-in-Gordano
Is the place for I to be

Oh, I must go back again-o
To Easton-in-Gordano
Down there in the West
I've searched the whole land over
From John O'Groats to Dover
I still say that Gordano is the best
Thee can talk of Chewton Mendip
Or Burnham by the sea
Good old Shepton Mallet or Chipping Sodbury
But in sunshine or in rain-o
Easton-in-Gordano
Is the place for I to be
The place for I to be



Side 1, Track 2 - Sweet Violets

There once was a farmer who took a young Miss
In back of the barn where he gave her a lecture on horses, chickens and eggs
Told her that she had such beautiful manners that suited a girl of her charms
A girl that he wanted to take in his washing and ironing, then if she did
I could get married and raise lots of…

(Chorus)
Sweet violets, sweeter than the roses
Covered all over from head to toe
Covered all over in sweet violets

The girl told the farmer that he'd better stop
And she told her Father and he called a taxi and got there before very long
For someone was doing his little girl right for a change so that's what he said
If you marry her son well, you're better off single because it's been my belief
Marriage'll bring a man nothing but…

(Repeat Chorus)

The farmer decided he'd wed anyway
And started and planning for his wedding suit which he purchased for only one buck
But then he found out he was just out of money and so he got left in the lurch
Standing and waiting in front of the end of this story just goes to show
All a girl wants from a man is his…

(Repeat Chorus)



Side 1, Track 3 - The Wild West Show

(Chorus)
We're off to see the Wild West Show
The elephant and the kangaroo
Bring along your Mother, your sister and your brother
We're off to see the Wild West Show

[Spoken] Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Bly-Bly bird
(The Bly-Bly bird? Fantastic )
The Bly-Bly bird lives in the North Pole, and flies around all day saying
"Bly-Bly blimey it's cold up yer"
And

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] And now Ladies and Gentlemen, at great expense, the Hellawi Tribe
(The Hellawi Tribe? Fantastic )
The Hellawi Tribe are pygmies who live in the tall grasslands of Africa, and run around all day shouting
"Where the hell are we, where the hell are we?"
And

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] And next, Ladies and Gentlemen, we bring you the laughing hyena
(The laughing hyena? Fantastic )
The laughing hyena only sees his girlfriend once a year
And it's tonight Ha ha
And

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] And now roll up, roll up, for the Oometail bird
(The Oometail bird? Fantastic )
The Oometail bird has no legs, and when he comes into land, he can be heard saying
"Oooh me tail, oooh me tail, oooh me oooh "

And we're off to see the Wild West Show
The elephant and the kangaroo
Bring along your brother, your sister and your Mother
We're off to see the Wild West Show



Side 1, Track 4 - Barcelona Blues

One fine day I took a holiday, oh back in last September
To search for fun down in the sun, t'is well I can remember
Far from the rain in the land of Spain, the people all did greet us
Fierce toreros and caballeros, lovely senoritas

Ole carumba, what have they done to me?
I'm all alone-a in Barcelona, 'stead of in Nailsea

One fine night I felt a little tight, me footsteps started straying
Beneath the stars where they played guitars, and senoritas swaying
One said si si I said 'ow it be, I didn't have much money
When I woke, I were stony broke, weren't very funny

Ole carumba, how lucky can you get?
I'm all alone-a in Catalonia, 'stead of Zummerzet!

Vino tinto, vino blanco, makes you feel like General Franco
Mucho shout-o, mucho gauche-o, manana in the carinosa

Ole carumba, how lucky can you get?
I'm all alone-a in Barcelona, 'stead of Zummerzet!



Side 1, Track 5 - The Somerset Space Race

5-4-3-2-1 

Last night I were walking down the Cheddar Gorge
Said to me old friend, "What's then George”
“Seen a funny sight the other night
Like a cider barrel with her tail alight"
"Well" said George, "Oh hasn't heard
Ter be the Space Programme, sure's me word
Say hereabouts that before next June
They'll put a cider barrel and in orbit round the moon"

(Chorus)
Somerset's joined in the Space Race
We're all reaching out for the stars
Now counting cab or bus we've gotta get there first
We'em off, off to Venus and Mars!

Thought they'd build a launching pad up Brean Down
Cost best part of three half crowns
Thought they'd use a pig to try her out
Fired'n up to heaven with a rocket up his snout
Up! Went the pig in a blaze of light
She hit disaster on her maiden flight
Came a great sound like the crack of doom
For a week it rained chitterling over Templecombe

(Repeat Chorus)

Simple Sam from Somerton he don't know owt
Went and volunteered to be an astronaut
Said he'd take his horse and cart every day
To collect up the churns along the Milky Way
Village Space Committee assembled in the Globe
To pick someone to make a lunar probe
Said Sam were the bloke to represent mankind
Bigger lunar than 'ee, very hard to find

(Repeat Chorus)

Stogursey and Stogumber, Hatch Beauchamp too
Hazlebury Plucknett to name a few
Who'll be the first to open a brewery
On Venus, Saturn or Alpha Centauri?
From Clapton-in-Gordano down to Bridgwater Bay
They're waiting for the blast off any day
They're holding up a rocket ship with barrels of rough
Half a mile of binder twine and a hundredweight of snuff

(Repeat Chorus)

Now if you're a Russian or if you're a Yank
Or even Bernie Lovell from Jodrell Bank
You hear noises that you can't trace
T'aint flying saucers from outer space
You hear voices full of ahh's and arr's
T'aint bug-eyed monsters or men from Mars
Things ain’t always what they do seem
Could be the Charlton Mackrell shove ha'penny team

(Repeat Chorus)

Off, off to Venus and Mars
Off, off to Venus and Mars



Side 1, Track 6 - Freakout In Somerset

Four and twenty maidens come down from Portishead
Long before the sun come up the maidens lost their heads, singing
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night they had the freak out down in Somerset

A thousand came by special train from Bristol Temple Meads
But going home they all got stoned and ended up in Leeds, singing
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night they had the freak out down in Somerset

Hey!

Willie Short the dustman brought his daughter Eloise
Who couldn't wait to demonstrate spontaneous striptease, singing
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night they had the freak out down in Somerset

The village school ma’am she were there, she had us all in fits
Jumping off the chandelier and landing in the splits
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night we had the freak out down in Somerset

Johnny Macey he was there to do his favourite trick
Playing song of India on a B-flat Wurzel stick
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night they had the freak out down in Somerset

Wally Dunn the milkman's son toasted Acker Bilk
By singing Stranger on the Shore ankle deep in milk
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night we had the freak out down in Somerset

At ten to two they served the food, thought I would explode
A gallon bowl of toad in the hole, made with real toads
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night they had the freak out down in Somerset

At half past two the fuses blew from here to Ashton Park
But no one cared they all declared it's better in the dark
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night we had the freak out down in Somerset

Break of day t'is sad to say we had to call a stop
A passing cowman heard the row and telephoned the cop, singing
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night we had the freak out down in Somerset

The Magistrate was really great, acquitted everyone
But said next time make sure that I'm invited to the fun, singing
Drink up thee cider, no one will forget
The night we had the freak out down in Somerset





Lyrics Kindly transcribed by M.Pelling & E.Bryant

Verified by Professor Wurzel 


Side 2

Side 2, Track 1 - Moonlight On The Malago

They say there's lovely girls in Manchester
Pretty maids in London town
I've heard of the lovely girls of Liverpool
The sort who never get de down
But I don't want a girl from Birnigham *
There's pretty 'uns where I do dwell
When it's moonlight on the Malago
Looking for a Bristol belle

I remember Shirley from Shirehampton
Then there was Lockleaze Lill
Pretty little Jenny from St Georges
Gave I me first big thrill
We had such lovely times on Mutton Tump
Strolling by the Feeder side
When it's moonlight on the Malago
Looking for a Bristol bride

Flirty little Floreo from Fishponds
Really swept I off me feet
Dirty little Dorea from Downend
Made me old heart miss a beat
Tall 'uns, small 'uns and skinny 'uns
And the fattest 'uns thee's ever seen
When it's moonlight on the Malago
Every girly looks a queen

Fred’ol, Brend’ol and Barbara’ol
Used to make I heave a sigh
Monical and sweet Veronical
Each one I thought the one for I
Until I met our Glorio
From Bedminster and there's no doubt
When it's moonlight on the Malago
Glori’ol a and I goes out

So, if you ever goes to Bristol town
Be sure to follow my advice
From Hartcliffe, Horfield or Derham Down
You'll find the girlies very nice
And if you chance to find a sporting one
And you're courting one fine summer's night
Show her the moonlight on the Malago
And everything'll be all right




Side 2, Track 2 - Sniff Up Thy Snuff

If you take snuff it surely shows
With waistcoat stain and so's your nose
But don't 'ee fret, it ain’t so rough
No one's been known to die of snuff

(Chorus)
Sniff, sniff, sniff up thee snuff
There's a snuff mine in Yatton got tons of the stuff

Now Doctor Wills will cure all ills
Without no potions or no pills
He treat his patients like himself
With an ounce of snuff on National Health

(Repeat Chorus)

Bride and groom on honeymoon
First time alone in double room
The bride blushed to her golden locks
When groom pulled out his old snuff box

(Repeat Chorus)

When we get old and turning grey
No longer boasting twice a day
When time comes round to go to bed
We'll take a pinch of snuff instead

(Repeat Chorus)

Old Dannel King who lived near Chew
When he died were ninety-two
He took snuff since he were seven
So, let us pray there's snuff in heaven

(Repeat Chorus x 2)

[Sniff sound] Ahhhhhh!



Side 2, Track 3 - Drunk Again

On Monday night we get dressed up and down the road we go
To play a jolly game of darts down at the old Red Cow
Double tops and double ones and a twenty-five is scored
It's closing time and we add 'em up can't even see the board

(Chorus)
Oh, we're drunk again, and falling about, we'll end up in the hedge
We'll never touch another drop we'll even sign the pledge

On Tuesday night we get dressed up and down the road again
A tug-of-war with a team from Chew, I think it's gonna rain
It's pouring down and we're in the pub, knocking back the beers
We're off again come half past ten and it's running out our ears

(Repeat Chorus)

On Wednesday night we get dressed up and down to Wick we go
It's skittles night and we'll all get tight, but we'll beat 'em 'fore we go
Hard luck Jack, hard luck Tom, they be our anchor-men
More pints went down than skittle pins and it's closing time again

(Repeat Chorus)

On Thursday night we'em all dressed up and down the road we stroll
Tonight, we take the women folk to bingo in the hall
The caller's shouting numbers out as he lifts them from the tub
He hasn't even noticed yet we've all gone down the pub

(Repeat Chorus)

On Friday night we're all dressed up, the coach is on its way
We're going down to Yeovil town shove ha'penny team to play
Shine the discs, chalk the board, the game is underway
I wonder if these blokes can drink as well as they can play

(Repeat Chorus)

On Saturday night we get dressed up and to the dance we go
The wives have dragged us all along to do a quick quick-slow
Charlie Green, wife Irene are all who danced so far
But the only dance we lads do know is a quickstep to the bar

(Repeat Chorus x 2)

Drunk again, we’re drunk again, drunk again, oop



Side 2, Track 4 - Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton

(Chorus)
Give me a home, where the cider be grown
And the wenches are there for the courting
Six guns at me side, over Mendip I ride
I'm the Sheriff of Midsomer Norton

I loved cowboy movies when I were a lad
Singing yippee I addy I addle
And now when I see them again on TV
I long to be back in the saddle
From Farrington Gurney to Radstock and Frome
Apaches I deal with at leisure
I'm quick on the draw, I just shot Maw and Paw
And me Grandmother just for good measure

(Repeat Chorus)

I practice lassoing on my grey-haired wife
That's why she's dowdy and dumpy
She'd up and she'd out, if t'weren't for her gout
And inordinate passion for scrumpy, oh

(Repeat Chorus)

This morning a cowboy disputed my claim
That on six guns there's nobody quicker
But me aim went awry, so who wants to buy
Three dead pheasants, two hens and the vicar?
So now here I languish in old Horfield jailhouse
Deprived of my conjugal rights
I just asked the Sarge, oy what be the charge?
He said parking a horse without lights, oh

(Repeat Chorus)

He's the Sheriff of Midsomer Norton



Side 2, Track 5 - Avonmouth Mary

Down where the tall chimneys tower
Beneath where the cranes and the derricks look down
There lives sweet Mary my flower
The pride, of Avonmouth town

(Chorus)
Oh Mary, I don't know when
I'll see Shirehampton again
But there's one thing I'm sure
The things you've been doing have led me to ruin
I'll never see Bristol no more

Now it was strolling down Park Street I met her
Her eyes they were lovely and black as Welsh coal
And though I should've known better
Well she took me, body and soul

(Repeat Chorus)

Now her friends were the town's finest ladies
There was Bedminster Bertha and Polly from Pill
And a dozen more gin swilling babies
Who’d drink, every glass you could fill

(Repeat Chorus)

Well I thought that to marry I'd ask her
And she answered me yes and we planned for the day
But she left me for Alaska
On a tanker, bound for Bombay

(Repeat Chorus)

So, beware all you Bristol bound sailors
Of the girlies who smile and give you the eye
For the ladies of Park Street
Are the fairest, that money can buy

(Repeat Chorus)



Side 2, Track 6 - The Shepton Mallet Matador

Now Jacko were so happy, working on the farm
With the cows and chickens, he couldn't do no harm
For years and years, he worked and scraped and saved
To take one day that holiday he craved
But now he'll never be the same again
Since he took that holiday in Spain

[Instrumental]

So…

(Chorus)
Make way for that Timsbury torero
Ole for that Somerset senor
He's a real West Country caballero
The Shepton Mallet matador

Now the boys of the village all think it's very queer
Oh, the way that Jacko drinks wine instead of beer (didn't like beer anyhow)
And they say he's swapped his favourite cider jar
For a bottle of sherry and a thirty-bob guitar

Oh, oh…

(Repeat Chorus)

Now the pigs and chicken are kicking up the dirt
When Jacko comes waving his old red flannel shirt
And he's always chasing round the old red cow
Cos, he thinks that he's a real bullfighter now

Oh, oh…

(Repeat Chorus)

Now on the farm if you hear hoots and howls
It's Jacko playing flamenco with the fowls
And every time he clicks his castanets
Instead of eggs the hens lay omelettes

Oh, oh…

(Repeat Chorus)

Now the farmer's missis went wild with delight
When Jacko serenaded her last night
But farmer stopped him playing Cielito Lindo
With a pot of summat he threw from the upstairs window

Oh, oh…


(Repeat Chorus)

The Shepton Mallet matador
The Shepton Mallet matador

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