WEEKLY WALKABOUTSVERSE, E.G., 117 OF 230: WYTHENSHAWE PARK

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Poem 117 of 230:  WYTHENSHAWE PARK - SUMMER 2000

Wythenshawe Hall
    Is elegant -
Although, in all,
    Extravagant.

Cromwell above
    A pyramid -
Symbolic stuff
    On what he did.

The plant centre
    Has well-kept ground -
Seems gardener
    Likes fish around.

Sports and leisure
    Places abound -
A good measure
    Of games are found.

A farm venture
    Has food at hand,
...

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Walkabout with my Pen (Chants from Walkabouts -1)

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Poem/song 2 of 230:  WALKABOUT WITH MY PEN

(TUNE:

C2 F3 G1 G3 A1 A3 G1 G3
C2 G3 A1 A3 G1 G3 F1 F3
C2 A3 A1 A3 G1 G3 F1 F3
C2 G2 A2 G2 A2 G2 F2 F3

C2 F3 G1 G3 A1 A3 G1 G3
C2 F3 G1 G3 A1 G1 F1 F3)

Once drove an old sedan up north,
    From a place in Sydney to Cairns;
Then to Kuranda I went forth
    By train, to look without set plans.

(Whistle)

I browsed through the trendy market,
...

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State to State (Chants from Walkabouts - 2)

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Poem/song 5 of 230:  STATE TO STATE

(TUNE:

C F G F
C F G F
C F G F
C F G F
F G F C
F G F C
F G F C
C F F F)

From Sydney Town,
    In uni. break,
I drove out west
    To earnings make
Onion picking,
    On the fields
Of Echuca,
    That year’s yields.

                                          After day’s work,
 ...

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Land's End to John o' Groats (Chants from Walkabouts - 3)

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Poem/song 10 of 230:  LAND’S END TO JOHN O’ GROATS

(TUNE:

D2 G3 A1 A3 B1 B3 A1 A3
D2 A3 B1 B3 A1 A3 G1 G3
D2 B3 B1 B3 A1 A3 G1 G3
D2 A2 B2 A2 B2 A2 G2 G3)

At the bold age of twenty-one,
    Via Hong Kong, China, Macau,
I flew from Sydney to London -
    Land’s End to John o’ Groats my vow.

I took a train out of London,
    Found a highway and thumbed a ride;
I headed down toward Brighton,
...

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To Care and Share (Chants from Walkabouts - 4)

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Poem/song 33 of 230:  TO CARE AND SHARE

(TUNE:

D E F# F# G A A G
G A B C#’ C#’ B B A
D B B B C#’ C#’ B B
D A A A A-B A G G
A B B B C#’ C#’ B B
A B B B C#’ B A A
D D B B B-C#’ C#’ B B
D A A A B A G G
D B B B C#’ C#’ B B
D A A A B A G G

D D B B C#’ C#’ B B
D A A A B A G G
D B B B C#’ C#’ B B
B B B C#’ B A A A
D B B B C#’ C#’ B B
D A A A B A G G)

Within sunny Ca...

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Impressions of London in 1997 (Chants from Walkabouts - 5)

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Poem/song 42 of 230:  IMPRESSIONS OF LONDON IN 1997

(TUNE:

E3 F#3 G1 G1 A3 G1 F#3 F#3
E3 F#1 F#1 F#1-G3 F#2 E2 E3
E3 G1 G2 G3 A2 A2 G1 G3
E3 F#1 F#1 F#1-G3 F#2 E2 E3)

Cabs all uniform in their shape.
    Good galleries make one gape.
Hard-going people on the move -
    Things matter much in this groove.

About the weather lots of moans.
    Solicits stuck on pay-phones.
Summer weather - not...

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Just Subsist (Chants from Walkabouts - 6)

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Poem/song 101 of 230:  JUST SUBSIST

(TUNE:

D F# G F# G A G G
D A A G F# G G G
D B B A G A G G
D A A G F# G G G
D A A G F# G G G -
i.e., each last-line repeated)

At times when I’ve had time to take,
    I’ve thought of a plot by a lake.
The place would be of fertile ground,
    With native flora all around.

The plot’s dwelling would be bas...

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On Honeymoon! (Chants from Walkabouts - 7)

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Poem/song 107 of 230:  ON HONEYMOON!

(TUNE:

F# E A A A A G
G A B B A A
F# G A B B B
B C#’ B-A A A

A C#’ C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B A
A B B B A B A
A A C#’ C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B A
A B B B A B A)

‘Twas a Saturday morning,
And our weekend was free,
When this great idea
Just came through to me:

“If he’ll be my macho tomorrow,
I’ll be his muse for today;
Yeah, if he’ll be my macho tomorrow...

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Your Salt Upon My Lips (Chants from Walkabouts - 8)

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Poem/song 108 of 230:  YOUR SALT UPON MY LIPS

(TUNE:

F# G A A B B C#’ C#’ A
A C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B A
A C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B C#’ A
A C#’ C#’ C#’ B A A B C#’ A

A B B C#’ C#’ B A B A
B B C#’ C#’ B A B A
B C#’ C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B C#’ A
A C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B A
B B C#’ C#’ C#’ B A B A)

I saw the tears escape your eyelids,
I felt the stinging on your chee...

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We Go Together (Chants from Walkabouts - 9)

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Poem/song 109 of 230:  WE GO TOGETHER

(TUNE:

C E G E C E G E
E G E E E
C E G E C E G E
E G E E E
C E G E C E G E
E G E E E

G A B B A G A G
B A G A G
C A B B C A B B
C A B B C A B B
B A G A G
B B A G A G)

Does a mortar need a pestle?
A curry a grind?
Does a monsieur need a madame?
An ooh need two la’s?
Does a work-bee need some pollen?
And flowers a bee?

Yes,...

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The Mersey at Didsbury (Chants from Walkabouts - 10)

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Poem/song 111 of 230:  THE MERSEY AT DIDSBURY - SPRING 2000

(TUNE:

Eb F G Ab G
D F G Ab G
D F G Ab G
D G Ab Bb Ab
D G Ab Bb Ab
D F G Ab G)

Took bus one-four-three,
    From Piccadilly,
Along Oxford Road,
    Passed the old uni’s,
Those shops with saris,
    And my first abode.

At Didsbury Village,
    The Old Parsonage
Looked neat, and gave sound,
    As I walk...

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Fondly and Vividly (Chants from Walkabouts - 11)

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Poem/song 123 of 230:  FONDLY AND VIVIDLY/AN OLYMPICS-SPARKED MEMOIR SONG - AUTUMN 2000

(TUNE:

C# A B C#’ D’ D’ C#’ C#' C#'

G# A B G# A
F# F# G# G# A A G# G#
G# F# F# G# A A
C# A A A A B B A
A A G# G# G# G# A A
C# A A A B B A
A A A A B G# A

C# A A A B B A
A G# A B G# A
C# A A A B B A
A A B B G# A
C# A A A B B A
A G# A B G# A)

From way up high in Sydney Tower,
Y...

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Entrée (Chants from Walkabouts - 12)

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Poem/song 130 of 230:  ENTRÉE/AT BOLTON’S ALBERT HALL: OPERA SONG - WINTER 2000/1

(TUNE:

G A B C’ B
C’ D’ C’ B
B C’ B D’ D’
G E D C
C’ E’ F’ E’ E’
E’ E’ D’ C’
C’ E’ F’ G’ G’
G E D C)

From novel, and play,
To opera,
La Traviata
Was my entrée
To an art forma
I find is a
Fine way to relay
A storia.

(C) David Franks
From http://davidfranks.blogspot.com

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Lancashire Sung Simply (Chants from Walkabouts - 13)

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Poem/song 136 of 230:  LANCASHIRE SUNG SIMPLY

(TUNE:

D A Bb A
D A Bb A G F F
D A Bb A
D A Bb A G F F)

Lancashire:
Cut by rivers/met by sea;
Patched by farmland,
Mills and other industry.

Lancashire:
With your links-lands by the sea - 
Rough left wild/
Greens and fairways clipped neatly.

Lancashire:
With your Pennine boundary;
Steeped in history,
Through your bu...

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In a Small Pot (Chants from Walkabouts - 14)

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Poem/song 141 of 230:  IN A SMALL POT

TUNE:

D F# F# F#
G F# E E
D E E E
F# E D D)

I like Acers
    But rent a flat,
So mimic one
    In a small pot:

As for starters,
    I made a plat
Of ivy run
    Out from one spot;

To this basis,
    All round the mat,
In a trunk-bun,
    Dirt - soaked a lot;

Without traces
    (Not got down pat),
A moss-lawn spun
    A...

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Lingolf (Chants from Walkabouts - 15)

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Poem/song 144 of 230:  LINGOLF

(TUNE:

Eb G G G A A
A Bb C’ C’ C’ Bb
Eb F G A A A
F A Bb G G G)

Your honour, Your Honour.
    Watch out - he’s a burglar.
I’m to school on your putt.
    That’s one heck of a cut!

It’s my bread and butter -
    A left-to-right cutter.
That’s where elephants die.
    That’s a grave - not a lie.

I’m in the old plumb-duff;
    Tough - I’...

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Windermere (Chants from Walkabouts - 16)

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Poem/song 159 of 230:  WINDERMERE - SUMMER 2001

(Tune:

C F G F D F D C C
B G F A G B C’ C’
C F G F D F D C C
B G F A G B C’ C’

C F B E’
E’ D’ C’ B A G F
C F B E’
E’ D’ C’ B A G F)

Some thirteen years from my first visit
    (Then, dropped from hitching, just near;
This time, by train and a downhill walk),
    I arrived at Windermere:

A Wainwright-like
Wi...

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Tees to Tyne: first impressions (Chants from Walkabouts - 17)

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Poem/song 162 of 230:  TEES TO TYNE:  FIRST IMPRESSIONS - SUMMER 2001

(TUNE:

E F# F# E D E F# F#
F# G G A B A G G
D G A A B B A A
F# G A B B A A-G G

D D F# F# F#-G F# E E
E E E E F# E D D)

Where traditions are not so rare;
    Sea, country and works scent the air;
A multitude of monuments,
    Planted tubs and patterned pavements.

The longish pedestrian m...

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Christmas Sung Simply (Chants from Walkabouts - 18)

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Poem/song 230 of 230:  CHRISTMAS SUNG SIMPLY/AS GOSPELLERS HAVE SAID

(TUNE:

D A B A G E
E E D G F# G
D A B A G E
D A B A G E
E E D G F# G
D A B A G E
E E D G F# G

D A B A G E
E D G F# G
D A B A G E
E D G F# G)

As gospellers have said,
Beneath signalling skies,
On land dusty to tread,
A trough in a stable
Was the strawy first-bed
Of a divine baby -
The forgiving Godhead.

A season for new hope -
There then, and here ...

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