Professor Wurzel's Wurzelmania

The ONLY Index to ALL Officially Released Wurzel Songs: Part 5 (P-S)

Alphabetical list of all known Adge Cutler & The Wurzels  and The Wurzels songs and where they can be found. (UK releases only) This section covers songs beginning with P to S

Peter Crouch In Lederhosen
Collaboration CD released by GWR FM Radio in 2006. The Wurzels teamed up with Bristol GWR FM DJs Bush and Troy jumping on the bandwagon to record a charity World Cup song released to coincide with England's attempt to win the 2006 World Cup.

Pheasant Plucker's Son
(Doug Taylor)
Released on the 1977 album 'Golden
Delicious'. Sounds like it might be difficult to sing after a few pints of cider...

Pill, Pill
(Adge Cutler)
Originally released on the 1967 EP 'Scrumpy & Western' and later re-recorded for the 'Mendip Magic' cassette album and the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West'.  This is Adge's song about the Pill Ferry, which used to run from Pill in North Somerset across the River Avon to Lamplighters and Shirehampton on the eastern bank. This was a vital line of communication across the river - in the days before the M5 viaduct - which had probably run since medieval times, and was eventually discontinued in 1973 (several years after Adge wrote the song). The ferry has gone but the two pubs mentioned in the chorus (the Duke [of Cornwall] and the Star) are still there. 

Pub With No Beer, A
(Gordon Parsons)
Released on the 1968 album 'Cutler Of The West'. A well-known humorous country song. Adapted by Gordon Parsons from the original poem A Pub Without Beer by Australian Dan Sheahan, the song became a hit single for Australian country singer Slim Dusty in 1957 - and was the biggest-selling record by an Australian at that time. Various other artist have recorded it, some adapting it to suit their audiences - including Johnny Cash, Richard Clayderman, Rolf Harris and Midnight Oil! Adge's 1968 version gives the song a happy ending - who needs beer if the pub still has cider!

Remember Me
Released in 2005 as a re-make of a track by the Brighton-based post-punk indie band British Sea Power it was a double A-side limited edition single with BSP performing 'I Am A Cider Drinker' on the other side.

Rig Jig
(Geoff Betsworth, Tommy Banner, Pete Budd)
Released on the 1995 Eddie Stobart EP. An instrumental track on the Eddie Stobart EP, played by Tommy on accordion. Actually a reel, not a jig, but who cares?! Somewhat similar to Tommy's popular Somerset Jigolo, which he played at gigs for many years.

Riley's Cowshed
(Stanley J. Damerell, Robert Hargreaves)
Released on the 1969 album 'Carry On Cutler!'. As Adge said a "bit o' the old gold of the music-hall, or a colour summat like it",

Rock Around The A38
(Tommy Banner, Tony Baylis, Pete Budd)
Released in 1976 as the B side on the 'Morning Glory' single. It was re-recorded for the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West'. A Wurzels song about the A38, the major trunk road that runs through Somerset connecting the West Country to Bristol and beyond. Now quieter since the M5 was built it is still a trap for unwary drivers with its plethora of tractors trundling along. The song has a great hookline - "Let the cider flow!"

Rockstar
(Kroeger/Kroeger/Peake/Adair)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. The song Rockstar was written by Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair and was first released by Nickelback in 2005.

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
(Johnny Marks) 
Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album'. The song Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree was written by Johnny Marks and was first recorded and released by Brenda Lee in 1958. A good cover led by Pete Budd.

Rock DJ
(Williams, Chambers, Andrews, Pigford, Paris)
Released on the 2002 CD 'Never Mind The Bullocks'. A re-make of the Robbie Williams hit single, all Wurzelled up.

Ruby
(Hodgson/Wilson/Baines/Rix/White)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. "Ruby" is a song by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. A powerful performance by The Wurzels.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
(Johnny Marks) 

Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'. A straight but fun cover by The Wurzels.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
 (John Frederick ,
 Coots & Haven Gillespie) 
Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is a Christmas song written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934. 

Sally-Army Teacher
(Doug Taylor)
Released on 1977 album 'Give Me England'. About a Salvation Army lady and the effect she has on the lads...

Saturday Night At The Crown
(Joe Henderson, Bob Barratt)
Released as the B side to the 1969 single 'Ferry To Glastonbury'.  A pub singalong song on the 'Carry On Cutler!' album. Previously recorded in 1968 by the impressionist and comedian Mike Yarwood - both his and Adge's versions were produced by Bob Barratt, who co-wrote the song.

School Days, Young Days
(Sammy King)
Released on the 1977 album 'Golden Delicious' this song features an attractive-voiced young lady, presumably Sue Martine who is credited on the album.

Sex Farm
(Guest/McKean/Reiner/Shearer)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. The song Sex Farm was written by Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner and was first released by Spinal Tap in 1984.Pete Budd takes lead vocals in a raucous manner!

Shepton Mallet Matador, The
(Adge Cutler)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album'. It was re-recorded for the 1975 album 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious', the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West' and the 2006 CD 'Top Of The Crops'.  The song is a tale about what happened to Jacko when he got back from his holidays in sunny Spain. According to the lyrics, the song Jacko is serenading the farmer's wife with is Cielito Lindo, as recorded by Acker Bilk.

Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton
(Dwayne Detroit)
Released on the 1967 LP  'Adge Cutler's Family Album'. A real Western song (with cowboys and indians)!

Short Time Livin'
(H. Spiro, A. King)
Released on the 1977 album 'Golden Delicious'. A song about making hay while the sun shines.

Shovel It Here
(Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner)
Released as the B side to the 1982 single 'The Coughin Song'. It was re-recorded for the 1983 album 'Freshly Cut'. I'll only give you one guess as to what "it" is!

Sleigh Ride
(Leroy Anderson) 

Released on the 2011 CD 'The Wurzels Christmas Album. "Sleigh Ride" is a light orchestra standard whose music was composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had formed the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946, and he finished the work in February 1948. The original recordings were instrumental versions. The lyrics, about riding in a sleigh and other fun wintertime activities, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.

Sniff Up Thy Snuff
(John Macey)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album'. On Adge Cutler's 'Family Album', Adge offered the other band members a chance to bring their own songs to the table. This is a John Macey composition (he also co-wrote Drunk Again on the same album).
The chorus runs:

"Sniff, sniff, sniff up thy snuff,
There's a mine down in Yatton got tons of the stuff".

Somerset Born And Proud
(Pete Budd)
Released on the 1976 album 'Combine Harvester'. Pete Budd wrote and sang this on the 'Combine Harvester' album. As the title says, it's a homage to Pete's native county...

Somerset Jigolo
(Tommy Banner)
Originally released on the 1978 'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' album it was re-recorded for the 'Mendip Magic' cassette album and the 'Wurzels Live' CD in 2002. An instrumental played on the accordion by Tommy Banner.

Somerset Space Race, The
(Adge Cutler)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album'.
Written in 1967, two years before the moon landing, Adge penned this tale about Somerset's entry into the space race.
The chorus is:

Somerset's joined in the space race
We'm all reachin' out fer the stars,
A cow can calve or bust,
We'm gonna get thur fust
We'm off, off to Venus and Mars

Sousaphone Sam
(Bentley, Orchard, Shaw)
Released on 1977 album 'Give Me England' - about a bloke who "wants to be one of the band". Sung by Tony Baylis.

Sowing The Seeds Of Love
(Orzabal/Smith)
Released on the 2010 CD 'A Load More Bullocks'. "Sowing the Seeds of Love" is a song by the British group 'Tears for Fears'. It was released as the first single from their third studio album, 'The Seeds of Love' (1989), and was a worldwide hit.

Speedy Gonzales
(Buddy Kaye, David Hill, Ethel Lee; new lyric by The Wurzels)
Released originally on the 1975 album 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious' it was re-recorded for the B side of the 1977 single 'Give Me England', and the album of the same name. This song is a parody of the 1962 Pat Boone hit single of the same name. The band 'wurzelled-up' the song for their 1975 The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album, changing the words to give it a West Country feel.

Springtime
(Banner, Baylis, Budd, De Sylva)
Released as the B side for the 1977 single 'Farmer Bill's Cowman'. This is a lively song celebrating spring.

Super Rooster
(Lee Sheridan)
Released on the 1983 album 'Freshly Cut'. Song about a rooster with special powers!

Sunny Weston-Super-Mare
(Tom Hammaerle, Pete Budd)
Released as the A side for a 1988 single.  A re-recording was issued on a cassette single 1986-1988. Another version was released for the 2004 CD 'A Taste Of The West'. It was recorded as a homage to the Somerset seaside resort.

Sweet Violets
(Cy Coben, Charles Grean)
Released on the 1967 LP 'Adge Cutler's Family Album' and recorded at the Royal Oak in Nailsea has an interesting structure, where the word at the end of each line is "oversung" by the first word of the next line - if you see what I mean!

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