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(Every year on the occasion of my birthday my daughter and I take on a challenge in support of Candlelighters, a charity which supports kids with cancer.  We have abseiled, cycled and rowed a marathon.  This year, because she says I am knocking on a bit, she has set us an easy one - a 20 mile walk along the old railway line from Selby Abbey to York Minster.  If anyone would like to contribute to this cause please follow the link below)


We leave from Selby on the dot at nine

We’ll shuffle off when we hear the Abbey’s chime

We hope to make York Minster by tea time

I will be fine.  I’ll walk the line.


We’re raising funds for a cause that’s dear to me

It’s called the Candlelighters Charity

It helps supports kids with cancer.  Won’t you please

Just spare a dime.  I walk the line.


I keep a close watch on these milepost signs

We know we’re halfway when we get to nine

This easy walk has turned out to be a swine

Poor feet of mine.  I walk the line.


The Solar System’s mapped out for your fun

Just north of Riccall’s where it was begun

It starts with Pluto and ends up with the sun

Poor feet of mine.  I walk the line.


This was the old LNER railway line.

Where streaks and Deltics thundered in their prime

The Flying Scotsman would belch out smoke and grime

To make up time.  I walk the line.


We’re getting close when we get to Naburn Locks

Not bad for 67 year-old crocks

It’s time for tea and jam and scones but, shock of shocks!

We’ve five more miles.  I walk the line.


But we press on cos the time is getting tight

Pass the Racecourse; the Ouse is on our right

Now the Minster’s coming into sight

Poor feet of mine.  I walk the line.


I’m all done in and barely can I talk

And we look pretty rough now we’re in York

But we’ve beaten the disused railway walk.

Yes, I feel fine.  I’ve walked the line.

Yes, I feel fine.  I’ve walked the line.




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John Coopey

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 17:49

Thanks, MC. I’m sure the great man wouldn’t mind me purloining his classic.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 15:53

JC - as a Johnny Cash (JC) fan, I reckon this is worth a dime or two.
I keep a close watch on that cash of mine
But I think it's fine you walked the line! ?.

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