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"Mendip Magic "  Cassette


This was one of only two albums released by The Wurzels solely on cassette tape (the other being IDL22) . It has no catalogue number, being privately released in 1992. It is a live recording (with no studio additions) and is comprised of 11 tracks representing the typical set-list for the group at the time of recording.

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Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • a. The Blackbird Song (Banner,Baylis,Budd)
    b. The Champion Dungspreader (Cutler) 
    c. Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny (Glasgow) 
    d. Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) - (Safka) 
    e. 1.Theme from Love Story (Lai) 
        2.Black and White Rag 
        3.Chitterling (Cutler)
  • Side 2
  • f. Pill Pill (Cutler)
    g. Twice Daily (Cutler) 
    h. Somerset Jigolo - inc Trad. Airs (Banner) 
    i Morning Glory (Fletcher/Flett) 
    j. I Am a Cider Drinker (una Paloma Blanca) 
       - (Bouwens) 
    k. Drink Up The Zider (Cutler)

The Album :

This album was an interesting release. It is a 11 track live recording taken from a gig in Barnstable (quite possibly at the Queen's Theatre) organised by their manager of the time Wally Dent (Wally Dent Entertainments). The date of the recording is unclear: At one point in the proceedings Pete Budd can be heard wishing everyone a prosperous 92 which would tie it down to 1991 or 1992. The release itself would have been in 1992. Present on the recording are Pete Budd, Tommy Banner, John Morgan and Dave Wintour - all of whom are shown on the cassette sleeve. The album was only sold at gigs, it was not marketed commercially. From a musical and performance point of view it is not of the best standard or quality but an interesting item to hear none the less.

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The Cassette:

The examples below are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and it seems possible that other variations may be out there somewhere! Although the cassette case insert is consistently identical there are at least six variations of the cassette tape shell itself. The recording on the tapes is always consistent. Following the original release it appears that the cassette itself was reproduced several times- probably by the original company working under different company names (eg AFS Television and APR Media, both based in Taunton Somerset). The sleeve insert is consistently the same - including the copyright information. The cassette case body changes as indicated below:

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Image 1:

The initial pressing of Mendip Magic 1992

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Image 2:

The second pressing, most likely to have been after the group left the 'Wally Dent Entertainments' management group. Copyright on the cassette body now given as 'AFS Television, Taunton'

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Image 3:

This pressing is identical to image 2 but on a light-cream coloured shell. Probably pressed at the same time. Copyright on the cassette body is again 'AFS Television, Taunton'

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Image 4:

This pressing probably came after image 3 and is of a much poorer quality. Copyright on the cassette body is again 'AFS Television, Taunton'

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Image 5:

This pressing was done using a slightly cheaper method - tape was copied and a preprinted sticker put on a blank case. This was the first copy to have copyright on the cassette body declared to be 'APR Video Taunton'

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Image 6:

This pressing is of the same construction  to the one in Image 5 but is the first version to actually have a date on it. This was probably produced when Tommy Banner was directly managing the group himself as the copyright on the cassette body has now changed to 'T Banner'.

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Collectors' Extras:

The insert for this cassette album in all its variations was always plain. This rare example has been autographed by Pete Budd, Tommy Banner , John Morgan and Dave Wintour.

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This autographed insert is particularly rare - signed by Pete Budd and Tommy Banner it is also annotated with the words 'happiness always' and signed by Yvonne Cutler, Adge's widow.

Mendip Magic - Song Lyrics

  • Side 1  
  • a. The Blackbird Song
    b. The Champion Dungspreader
    c. Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny
    d. Combine Harvester
    e1.Theme from Love Story 
        2.Black and White Rag
        3.Chitterling 
  • Side 2 
  • f. Pill Pill
    g. Twice Daily
    h. Somerset Jigolo
    i Morning Glory
    j. I Am a Cider Drinker
    k. Drink Up The Zider 

Side 1    The Blackbird Song

Where be the blackbird to, I knows where he be
He be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get him
With a gurt big stick I'll knock him down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
La la la la la la, la la la la la la (Altogether now)
How's your Father? All right

All me life I'm on the farm, working for me keep
Tending pigs and chickens, and they cows and sheep
But everywhere I'm working, there's one who always mocks me
He's hiding somewhere up thit tree, blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee

Where be the blackbird to, I knows where he be
He be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get him
With a gurt big stick I'll knock him down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
La la la la la la, la la la la la la (Come on now)
How's your Father? All right

Underneath the open sky in Spring we loves to dine
I likes to hear the flapping of the missis washing line
I listens to a tuneful song, a blackbird or a tit
But on me vest and underpants he's scored a direct hit

Where be the blackbird to, I knows where he be
He be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get him
With a gurt big stick I'll knock him down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
La la la la la la, la la la la la la (Upstairs)
How's your Father? All right

No longer can I sleep at night, get peace of any kind
That bird'll be the death of I, he's preyin’ on me mind
And if I chase him long enough, I'll catch him by and by
And celebrate me victory with a gurt big blackbird pie

Where be the blackbird to, I knows where he be
He be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get him
With a gurt big stick I'll knock him down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
With a gurt big stick I'll knock him down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
La la la la la la, la la la la la la
How's your Father? All right


Side 1   The Champion Dungspreader

Now some folks like to boast, of their Father's occupation
Dustman and the like, in other situations
Not so, our old man, working was his pride
In his hobnail boots and gaiters, and a dung fork at his side

(Chorus)
Hi ho, fiddle iddle o, Chesterfield and Cheddar
Hi ho the folks all know he's the champion dung spreader

Now many years ago, when Dad was in his power
With a mighty two hand swipe, he hit the old church tower
Lord help us cried the vicar, t'is judgement come
Not so said the verger, t'is a hundred weight of dung

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Come on let's get those hands clapping now

Now his aim was straight and true, and when his arms start flailing
We'd all duck out the way when they gurt brown lumps go sailing
Just leave our old man where the dung lies piled up thick
And he'll make it fly for miles with his gurt big blackthorn stick

(Repeat Chorus)

Now as you all can see, Father's quite contented
He's got the finest job since working were invented
And when our old man lays him down to die
In a forty-acre field with the dung piled six foot high
{Spoken] Altogether

(Repeat Chorus)

Hi ho, fiddle iddle o, Chesterfield and Cheddar
Hi ho, wo wo wo oh oh oh oh

[Spoken]
[Pete] Don't bloody laugh, you gotta scream girls, scream
Oh was that screaming was it?

[Tommy] Shut up

[Pete] I've heard chickens made more fuss when they'm laying eggs…. What a..

[Tommy] Why should, why should they scream, why?

[Pete] Well what do you mean why, you ought to know that

[Tommy] Why?

We're in the pop business and Shakin' Stevens was here the other week
And they was screaming then, and I was shaking it, won I?
[Tommy] Listen, I can lip read and this 'un said to that 'un there
The Lady Mayoress said to she, she said you are too bloody old to be Shakin' Stevens

[Pete] That's nice innit, I didn't, I didn't come here to be insulted and I was shaking long before bloody Shakin' Stevens was shaking won I, in fact I'm still shaking now, mostly in private but I'm still trying

The folks all know oh woh woh woh oh

[Spoken] Ah, this bit
Yeah yeah
Marvellous how you all laugh at arthritis innit, oh

He's the champion dung spreader


Side 1      Keep yer Hand on yer Ha'penny

(Chorus)
Keep yer hand on yer ha'penny
Cover him well with your palm
Keep yer hand on yer ha'penny
And Molly will come to no harm

When Molly began to go courting
Her Mother was anxious to tell
How certain young fellas could want her
To stray down the pathway to hell

And Molly's old Ma used to sing….

[Spoken] Come on girls, altogether now

(Repeat Chorus)

They'll hug you and kiss you so sweetly
Make you feel ever so nice
But handle them fellas discreetly
Follow this simple advice

And follow this simple advice….

[Spoken] And the ones upstairs, everybody

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] That's what she thinks! Hey hey

When Molly and me went out courting
I told her she'd nothing to fear
But down in the cowshed last Sunday
I whispered these words in her ear

Take yer hand off yer ha'penny
Look into me bonny blue eyes
Take yer hand off yer ha'penny
I'll give you a lovely surprise
(And I did)

(Repeat Chorus x 2)

Molly will come to no harm
Molly will come to no harm

Side 1      The Combine Harvester

I drove my tractor through your haystack last night (ooh ar ooh ar)
I threw my pitchfork at your dog to keep quiet (ooh ar ooh ar)
Now something's telling me, that you're avoiding me (ooh ar ooh ar)
Come on now darling you got something I need

(Chorus)
Cos I've got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key
Come on now let's get together in perfect harmony
I got twenty acres, and you got forty-three
Oh, I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key

[Spoken] She made I to laugh

I'll stick by you I'll give you all that you need (oh ar oh ar)
We'll have twins and triplets, I'm a man built for speed (oh ar oh ar)
And you know I love you darling, so give me your hand (oh ar oh ar)
But the thing I wants the most is all your acres of land

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Who loves ya baby, ha ha

Weren't we a grand couple at that last Wurzel dance
I wore brand new gaiters and me corduroy pants
In your new Sunday dress, with your perfume smelling grand
We had our photos took of us holding hands

Cos, I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key
Now that we're both past our fifties I think that you and me
Should stop this gallivanting, and will you marry me
Cos, I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key

[Spoken] Arr you're a fine-looking woman, I can't wait to get me hands on your land



Side 1        Theme from Love Story* / Black & White Rag* / Chitterling

(Chorus)
Chitterling, chitterling, chitterling
Chitterling is all I crave
Fill I up with chitterling
And think of all the cash you'll save
You can do Irish stew or cordon bleu
Stuff it where you stuff your fancy suits
You can buy it soft or hard
By the pound or by the yard
Chitterling's the stuff to give the troops

Now back in Queen Victoria's time they held a grand affair
A real royal spree at the Russian Embassy
Old Albert and Victoria they went there for the ride
Thinking it a change from toast for tea
Her Majesty was not amused when right in front the Tsar
Old Albert coughed, and his false teeth fell out
And as they fell into a bucket full of caviar
The royal consort he began to shout

(Repeat Chorus)

Now when William Shakespeare wrote his famous Taming Of The Shrew
He couldn't sleep at night, he stayed awake by candlelight
He chewed his pen and burnt the midnight oil to no avail
Cos nowt could save him from his sorry plight
When suddenly a knock was heard
[Spoken] Is that acting, is it? Almost, as he went to retire
It was his sweetheart Annie Hathaway
She said oh Will I've come to give you all that you desire
His eyes lit up and he began to say

(Repeat Chorus)

Now on the fifth day of November back in sixteen hundred and five
A stealthy figure went to the Houses of Parliament
And beneath his cloak he carried a gurt barrel in his hand
It was Guy Fawkes that night on mischief bent
[Spoken] I didn't know that, was he?
A soldier of the Royal Guard said 'ello, what's this yer
A-spying of the cask beneath his cloak
Pray tell me Sir what's in that cask, I'm sure it can't be scrump
Old Guy took off his hat and softly spoke

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Come on now

(Repeat Chorus)

Chitterling's the stuff to give the troops
[Note: * Theme From Love Story and Black & White Rag are both instrumental tunes] 








Lyrics Kindly transcribed by M.Pelling & E.Bryant,
Verified by Professor Wurzel

Side 2    Pill, Pill

When the nights are dark and stormy
And the bitter North wind blows
From the fields of Shirehampton
Where the muddy Avon flows
Where the Pillites gently ride
Floating on the river from the other side
The boat starts heaving, you'll hear them singing
Floating on the tide

(Chorus)
Pill Pill I love thee still, even though I'm leaving
Pill Pill I love thee still, when the ferry boat starts heaving
When the rain downpours, thunder roars, lightning flashes bright
I'll be better by far in The Duke or The Star
Than on the old Pill ferry tonight

[Spoken] Come on then, let's get those hands clapping now

On the seven seas I've wandered
Back to Pill I shall return
When the hard-earned cash is squandered
For the local girls I yearn
Captain Captain carry me
Sail me up the Channel past Portbury
Head me down South towards Avonmouth
And happy I will be

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Any Morris dancers out there, here's your big chance now

[Instrumental]

(Repeat Chorus)

Take me where it's warm and cosy
Down there with they happy boys
Where the cheeks are red and rosy
Hobblers, hobblers, hobble-de-hoys
Where the bitter winter sleet
Creeps across the riverbank and chills your feet
For miles around, you'll hear the sound
Coming down Pill Street

(Repeat Chorus)

Well I'll be better by far in The Duke or The Star
Than on the old Pill ferry tonight
Woah woah woah oh



Side 2 Twice Daily
[Spoken] You all know this little song

When I were a lad, I were so glad to go out in the daytime
With me fork and a bottle and a cork and help out in the haytime
Tossing hay upon the mound, I met young Lucy Bailey
I said “my dear are you often here?” she said “yes sir, twice daily”

[Spoken] She made a man out of I, she did

We had such fun in the summer sun, Lucy were so thrilling
Sweet and pure, and I weren't sure, that that young maid were willing
Till one day among the hay, we was working gaily
When her upped and slipped, and summat ripped and I went there twice daily

[Spoken] Happened down Butcher's row that did ha ha

She said “my dear, I do feel queer, I think I oughta tell 'ee
It aint new bread”, her sadly said, “the swelling of me belly”
I ordered her to go to Dr Joe and she went off quite gaily
He gave her a dollop, a gurt thick jollop and said take that twice daily

[Spoken] Syrup of figs went straight through it did an' all

Lucy's Dad, he were very mad 'er chased I round the hay mound
He said “my son, you've had your fun, the time has come to pay now
My girl you'll wed,” the old man said as he waved his shotgun gaily
“If you don't” he said, “I'll put some lead where you won't go there twice daily”

[Spoken] That put some bloody colour in me cheeks, I'll tell you an' all

Lucy's joy, she had a little boy 'er was a lickle darling
He were round and fat like a Cheshire cat, perky as a starling
Skin were smooth as a cider jar and they called him Buster Bailey
They fed him on swedes and charlock weeds and a pint of scrump twice daily

[Spoken] Little bugger never did like that Cow and Gate see

Very next day in the month of May they held the ceremony
They paid off thit vicar with a gallon of liquor and went to church on a pony
Village folks from miles around, waved and shouted gaily
That there's no doubt, you'll get caught out, if youm goes there twice daily

[Spoken] Very easiest thing to fall in with, that one

Now we're old, and me story's been told, forty years together
And we often stray in the summer hay in the good old summertime weather
Kids we got full ten or more and I goes on quite gaily
Though I'm old and I'm grey-ey-hey, I can still get me hey hey hey

[Spoken] Yeah, and I can still go there twice daily


Side 2    Somerset Jigalo (instrumental)


Side 2    Morning Glory

(Chorus)
One for the morning glory, two for the early dew
Three for the man who stands his round
And four for the love of you, my girl
Four for the love of you

I like a little drink at the end of the day, to raise up me voice and sing
Spend an hour or two with a fine brown brew and I'm ready for anything
At the Cross Keys Inn there were sisters four, the Landlord's daughters fair
And when all was quiet on a Winter's night, I tiptoed up the stairs

[Spoken] Let me hear you now

(Repeat Chorus)

I got the call from foreign shores, to sail and fight the foe
And I thought no more of the sisters four, though I'm sad to go
So, I sailed away in a ship, ‘The Morning Glory’ was her name
And we'd all fall down when the rum went round, but we'd get up and fight again

[Spoken] Come on now everybody

(Repeat Chorus x 3)


Side 2    I Am A Cider Drinker

When the moon shines on the cowshed
And we're rolling in the hay
All the cows are up there grazing
And the milk is on its way

(Chorus)
I am a cider drinker
I drinks it all of the day
I am a cider drinker
It soothes all me troubles away
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay

[Spoken] Come on my darlings ha ha

It's so cosy, in the kitchen
With the smell of rabbit stew
When the breeze blows 'cross the farmyard
You can smell the cowsheds too

[Spoken] Oh, I never smelt nothing like that lot in all me life

When the combine wheel stops turning
And the hard day's work is done
There's a pub around the corner
It's the place we'll have our fun

[Spoken] We can all have some fun an' all

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Look at old Mabel out there now

Dear old Mabel, when she's able
We take a stroll down Lover's Lane
And we sink a pint of scrumpy
And we play old nature's game (Wo ho ho, ooh arr)
And we end up in the duckpond
When the pub decides to close
With me britches, full of tadpoles
And newts between me toes

[Spoken] I want everybody sing with me now, come on

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Everybody hands above your head, let's go

(Repeat Chorus)

Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay

[Spoken] Let cider be the spice of life ah

[Spoken] Thank you, thank you

Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay

[Spoken] Everybody

Ooh arr ooh arr ay (I can't hear you) ooh arr ooh arr ay

Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay

[Spoken] I want 'ee all to sing

I am a cider drinker, I drinks it all of the day
I am the cider drinker, it's soothing all me troubles away
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay
Ooh arr ooh arr ay, ooh arr ooh arr ay

[Spoken] Well sincerely Ladies and Gentlemen of Barnstaple, I'd like to thank you all so much for being such a lovely warm crowd here tonight. I'd like to wish you all a long and happy life, but most of all a most prosperous ninety-two. Until we all meet again, goodnight and God bless you one and all, thank you


Side 2      Drink Up Thee Cider


Drink up thee cider George, pass us round the mug
Drink up thee cider George, the garden's ver’ nigh dug
Your cheeks been getting redder, from Charterhouse to Cheddar
And there's still more cider in the jug

Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider
For tonight we'll merry be (Merry be)
We'll knock the milk churns over, and roll ‘em in the clover
The corn's half cut and so be we

Drink up the cider George, thee bissen’t going far
Drink up thee cider George, youm getting quite a star
There's dung all over your taters, and halfway up your gaiters
And there's still more cider in the jar

Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider
For tonight we'll merry be (Merry be)
We'll knock the milk churns over, and roll ‘em in the clover
The corn's half cut and so be we

Drink up the cider George, get up off the mat
Drink up thy cider George, put on your Sunday hat
Cos we'em off to Barrow Gurney, to see my brother Ernie
And there's still more cider in the vat

Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider
For tonight we'll merry be (Merry be)
We'll knock the milk churns over, and roll ‘em in the clover
The corn's half cut and so be we

[Spoken] Everybody now

Drink up thee (cider)
Drink up thee (cider)
For tonight (for tonight we'll merry be) merry be
We'll knock the milk churns over, and roll ‘em in the clover
The corn's half cut and so be we

[Spoken] Here we go now

Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider
For tonight we'll merry be (Merry be)
We'll knock the milk churns over, and roll ‘em in the clover
The corn's half cut and so be we

[Spoken] People of Barnstaple, put your hands above your head, everybody, I want you all to sway from side to side and I want you all to sing with me, and so be we

And so be we….

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