Sounds Like Richard Burton

(This is not a really serious verse but here goes anyway . .)


I say ‘was’ instead of ‘were’

And I come from a council estate

Wish I had a voice like Richard Burton

But instead I talk like this


I spent years in a no hope comprehensive

And maybe lack of grammar shows me up

Maybe I should get myself a tutor

-Can’t be that expensive


So would my friends still recognise me

If my pronunciation improved?

Who does he think he is they’d say;

A BBC presenter for a day?


So; I’m a northern lad with a northern voice

And I’ll always talk this way

I'll no longer hide behind a curtain

(Though I wish I sounded  like Richard Burton.)


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<Deleted User> (6895)

Fri 5th Jul 2013 22:14

ps-howsyer ferrits n pijjinz Higginsy?

<Deleted User> (6895)

Fri 5th Jul 2013 22:06

as we say in Rossendale-this is reet nice!xx

Ste J Bee

Fri 5th Jul 2013 21:46

Thanks for reading The Seagulls are watching Steve, them seagulls get everywhere. Just read 'Sounds like Richard Burton' other comments, there's nowt wrong wi' bein' northern.

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Yvonne Brunton

Thu 27th Jun 2013 22:28

Accents are great whatever they are.It would be sad to become homogenised. XX

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Simon Marks

Mon 24th Jun 2013 16:22

Be Northern and proud - Steve! Anyway, Richard Burton grew up in a poor Welsh mining village. And that voice was the result of 100 fags a day and a bottle (or three) of Scotch. High price to pay.

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Laura Taylor

Mon 24th Jun 2013 14:02

The Northern accent is perfect as it is. Like all things Northern, it comes from God :)

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Sun 23rd Jun 2013 08:32

This is an interesting one Steve and something that's quite topical. How can you expect anyone from a particular locality to speak differently from their peers and why should they feel the need to?

And yet, there's now an instruction from the education department that teachers should be speaking and teaching the queen's English. It's going to be a hard one to enforce in the North of England - cos very many don't.

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Joshua Van-Cook

Sun 23rd Jun 2013 00:57

This is a very entertaining piece, enjoyed it hugely.

Take care and please keep it up,
- Josh

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Steve Higgins

Sat 22nd Jun 2013 21:07

My nickname at my last job used to be 'terry Christian' you can imagine why, but I'll see if I can dig out a microphone and have a go!

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sat 22nd Jun 2013 20:47

Hi,Steve! It could be nice to hear your northern voice. Why didn't you record it?

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