THE BLAYDON RACES
 
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I went to Blaydon Races
'Twas on the ninth of June
Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two
On a summer's afternoon
I took the bus from Balmbras
And she was heavy laden
Away we went along Collingwood Street
That's on the Road to Blaydon

Chorus: Oh me lads, you should've seen us gannin',
Passing the folks along the road,
And all of them were starin',
All the lads and lasses there.
They all had smilin' faces,
Gannin' along the Scotswood Road,
To see the Blaydon Races.

We flew past Armstrong's factory
And up by the Robin Adair
But gannin' ower the Railway Bridge
The bus wheel flew off there
The lasses lost their crinolenes
And veils that hide their faces
I got two black eyes and a broken nose
In gannin' to Blaydon Races

Chorus:

Now when we got the wheel back on
Away we went again
But them that had their noses broke
They went back o'er hyem
Some went to the dispensary
And some to Doctor Gibbs's
And some to the infirmary
To mend their broken ribs's

Chorus:

We flew across the Tyne Bridge
And came to Blaydon Toon
The barman he was calling then
They called him Jackie Broon
I saw him talking to some chaps
And them he was persuadin'
To gan and see Geordie Ridley's show
At the Mechanics' Hall in Blaydon

Chorus:

Now when we got to Paradise
There were bonny games begun
There were four and twenty on the bus
And how we danced and sung
They called on me to sing a song
So I sang 'em 'Paddy Fagan'
I danced a jig and I swung me twig
The day I went to Blaydon

Chorus:

The rain it poured down all the day
And made the ground quite muddy
Coffee Johnny had a white hat on
Shouted 'Wee stole the cuddy?'
There were spice stalls and monkey shows
And old wives selling ciders
And the chap on the ha'penny roundabout
Saying 'Any more lads for riders?'

Chorus:
 
(Submitted by Barrie Mathers- Jan. 2013)
 
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Performed by George Ridley (1834-1864)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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