Poetry Blog by David Franks: Walkabouts Verse

WEEKLY WALKABOUTSVERSE, E.G., 125 OF 230: BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL

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Poem 125 of 230: BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL - AUTUMN 2000

Just out of the station,
And past a new statue
On human relation
(Mum, kid, and teddy, too),
Lies Blackburn Cathedral,
Which, from my passage through,
Seems very musical
In its newly-formed view.

(C) David Franks 2003 -
Walkaboutsverse.blogspot.com

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Walkabout with my Pen (Chants from Walkabouts -1)

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Poem 2 of 230:  WALKABOUT WITH MY PEN 

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR: 

C2 F3 G2 G3 A2 A3 G2 G3
C2 G3 A2 A3 G2 G3 F2 F3
C2 A3 A2 A3 G2 G3 F2 F3
C2 G3 A2 G3 A2 G3 F2 F3

C2 F3 G2 G3 A2 A3 G2 G3
C2 F3 G2 G3 A2 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...

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State to State (Chants from Walkabouts - 2)

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Poem 5 of 230:  STATE TO STATE

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR:

C2 F2 G2 F3
C2 F2 G2 F3
C2 F2 G2 F3
C2 F2 G2 F3
F2 G2 F2 C3
F2 G2 F2 C3
F2 G2 F2 C3
C2 F2 F1 F3) 

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 - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR:

D2 G3 A2 A3 B2 B3 A2 A3
D2 A3 B2 B3 A2 A3 G2 G3
D2 B3 B2 B3 A2 A3 G2 G3
D2 A3 B2 A3 B2 A3 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 h...

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To Care and Share (Chants from Walkabouts - 4)

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Poem 33 of 230:  TO CARE AND SHARE 

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF D MAJOR: 

D1 E1 F#3 F#2 G3 A1 A3 G2
G1 A1 B3 C#’2 C#’3 B1 B3 A2
D2 B2 B2 B1 C#’3 C#’2 B1 B3
D2 A3 A1 A1 A2-B3 A2 G2 G3
A3 B2 B1 B1 C#’2 C#’3 B1 B3
A3 B1 B2 B3 C#’2 B2 A2 A3
D1 D1 B3 B2 B1-C#’2 C#’3 B1 B3
D2 A2 A2 A2 B2 A2 G2 G2
D1 B3 B1 B2 C#’2 C#’2 B2 B2
D2 A2 A2 A2 B2 A2 G2 G3

D1 D1 B3 B1 C#’2 C#’3 B1 B3
D2 A2 A2 A2 B3 A2 G1 ...

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

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Poem 42 of 230:  IMPRESSIONS OF LONDON IN 1997

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR:

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

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Just Subsist (Chants from Walkabouts - 6)

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Poem 101 of 230:  JUST SUBSIST 

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR:

D2 F#3 G2 F#3 G2 A3 G2 G3
D2 A3 A2 G3 F#2 G3 G2 G3
D2 B3 B2 A3 G2 A3 G2 G3
D2 A3 A2 G3 F#2 G3 G2 G3
D2 A3 A2 G3 F#2 G3 G2 G3 -
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 ...

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On Honeymoon! (Chants from Walkabouts - 7)

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Poem 107 of 230:  ON HONEYMOON! 

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF D MAJOR: 

F#2 E2 A1 A1 A1 A2 G2
G1 A3 B1 B3 A1 A3
F#2 G2 A3 B1 B1 B2
B2 C#’3 B1-A3 A1 A3

A2 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 B3 A1 B3 A2
A2 B2 B2 B2 A3 B1 A3
A1 A1 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 B3 A1 B3 A2
A2 B2 B2 B2 A3 B1 A3)

‘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...

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

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Poem 108 of 230:  YOUR SALT UPON MY LIPS

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF D MAJOR: 

F#2 G3 A1 A3 B1 B2 C#’2 C#’3 A2
A2 C#’3 C#’1 C#’3 B2 A2 B3 A2
A2 C#’3 C#’1 C#’3 B2 A2 B2 C#’3 A2
A2 C#’3 C#’1 C#’3 B2 A2 A2 B2 C#’3 A2

A1 B1 B3 C#’2 C#’3 B1 A1 B3 A2
B1 B3 C#’2 C#’3 B1 A1 B3 A2
B3 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 C#’2 B2 A2 B2 C#’3 A2
A1 C#’1 C#’1 C#’3 B1 A1 B3 A2
B1 B3 C#’2 C#’2 C#’3 B1 A1 B3 A2)

I saw the tears es...

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We Go Together (Chants from Walkabouts - 9)

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Poem 109 of 230:  WE GO TOGETHER 

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJORY:

C2 E2 G2 E3 C2 E2 G2 E3
E2 G2 E2 E2 E3
C2 E2 G2 E3 C2 E2 G2 E3
E2 G2 E2 E2 E3
C2 E2 G2 E3 C2 E2 G2 E3
E2 G2 E2 E2 E3

G2 A2 B2 B2 A2 G2 A2 G2
B2 A2 G2 A2 G2
C2 A2 B2 B3 C2 A2 B2 B3
C2 A2 B2 B3 C2 A2 B2 B3
B2 A2 G2 A2 G2
B3 B2 A2 G2 A2 G3)

Does a mortar need a pestle?
A curry a grind?
Does a monsieur need a madame?
An...

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The Mersey at Didsbury (Chants from Walkabouts - 10)

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

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF E-FLAT MAJOR:

Eb2 F2 G2 Ab2 G3
D2 F2 G2 Ab2 G3
D2 F2 G2 Ab2 G3
D2 G2 Ab2 Bb2 Ab3
D2 G2 Ab2 Bb2 Ab3
D2 F2 G2 Ab2 G3)

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 ne...

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Fondly and Vividly (Chants from Walkabouts - 11)

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

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF A MAJOR:

C#2 A2 B2 C#’2 D’2 D’3 C#’1 C#’1 C#’3
G#2 A2 B2 G#2 A3
F#2 F#2 G#2 G#2 A2 A2 G#2 G#2
G#2 F#2 F#2 G#2 A2 A3
C#2 A1 A1 A1 A2 B2 B2 A2
A1 A1 G#2 G#2 G#1 G#1 A2 A3
C#2 A3 A1 A3 B1 B3 A2
A2 A2 A2 A2 B3 G#1 A3

C#2 A3 A1 A3 B1 B3 A2
A2 G#2 A2 B1 G#2 A3
C#2 A3 A1 A2 B2 B1 A2
A1 A3 B...

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Entrée (Chants from Walkabouts - 12)

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

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR:

G2 A2 B2 C’3 B3
C’2 D’2 C’2 B3
B2 C2’ B2 D’3 D’3
G2 E2 D2 C3
C’2 E’2 F’2 E’3 E’3
E’2 E’2 D’2 C’3
C’2 E’2 F’2 G’3 G’3
G2 E3 D1 C3)

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://d...

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Lancashire Sung Simply (Chants from Walkabouts - 13)

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Poem 136 of 230:  LANCASHIRE SUNG SIMPLY

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF F MAJOR: 

D2 A2 Bb2 A2
D2 A2 Bb2 A2 G2 F2 F3
D2 A2 Bb2 A2
D2 A2 Bb2 A2 G2 F2 F3)

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

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

Lancashire:
With your Pennine boundary;
Steeped in hist...

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In a Small Pot (Chants from Walkabouts - 14)

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Poem 141 of 230:  IN A SMALL POT

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR: 

D1 F#1 F#1 F#2
G1 F#1 E1 E2
D1 E1 E1 E2
F#1 E1 D1 D3)

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-...

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Lingolf (Chants from Walkabouts - 15)

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Poem 144 of 230:  LINGOLF

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF B-FLAT MAJOR:

Eb2 G1 G2 G2 A1 A2
A2 Bb2 C’3 C’1 C’2 Bb2
Eb2 F2 G2 A2 A2 A2
F2 A3 Bb2 G3 G2 G3)

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 o...

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Windermere (Chants from Walkabouts - 16)

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Poem 159 of 230:  WINDERMERE - SUMMER 2001

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF C MAJOR:

C2 F3 G2 F3 D1 F3 D2 C1 C3
B2 G3 F2 A1 G3 B2 C’1 C’3
C2 F3 G2 F3 D1 F3 D2 C1 C3
B2 G3 F2 A1 G3 B2 C’1 C’3

C2 F2 B2 E’2
E’1 D’1 C’1 B1 A1 G1 F3
C2 F2 B2 E’2
E’1 D’1 C’1 B1 A1 G1 F3) 

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

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

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

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR: 

E3 F#1 F#1 E3 D2 E3 F#1 F#3
F#3 G1 G1 A3 B2 A3 G1 G3
D2 G2 A1 A3 B2 B2 A1 A3
F#2 G2 A3 B2 B2 A3 A1-G3 G3

D2 D2 F#2 F#2 F#2-G2 F#2 E2 E2
E2 E2 E2 E2 F#3 E2 D1 D3)

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

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Christmas Sung Simply (Chants from Walkabouts - 18)

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

(TUNE - IN THE KEY OF G MAJOR:

D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
E1 E1 D2 G2 F#2 G3
D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
E1 E1 D2 G2 F#2 G3
D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
E1 E1 D2 G2 F#2 G3

D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
E2 D2 G2 F#2 G3
D2 A2 B2 A2 G2 E3
E2 D2 G2 F#2 G3)

As gospellers have said,
Beneath signalling skies,
On land dusty to tread,
A trough in a stable
Wa...

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