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Blaydon Races

To listen to a recording of the Roly singing Blaydon Races with a slide show of pictures, click here.

To download a teaching unit about the song, click here.


The Lyrics:


Aa went to Blaydon Races, ‘twas on the ninth of June

Eighteen hundred and sixty two on a summer’s afternoon

Aa took a bus from Balmbras and she was heavy laden

Away we went alang Collingwood Street, that’s on the way to Blaydon


Chorus - - -

 Oh me lads, ye shoulda seen us gannin

Passin the folks upon the road, just as they were stannin’

There was lots of lads and lasses there

Aal wi smilin’ faces

Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road

To see the Blaydon Races


We flew past Armstrong’s factory and up to the Robin Adair

Just gannin’ doon to the railway bridge the bus wheel flew off there

The lasses lost their crinolines and the veils that hid their faces

Aa got two black eyes and a broken nose

In gannin’ to Blaydon Races


When we got the wheel put on away we went again

But those that had their noses broke they came back ower hyem

Some went to the dispensary and some to Doctor Gibbs

And some to the Infirmary to mend their broken ribs


Noo when we got to Paradise there was bonny game begun

There was fower (four) and twenty on the bus, man how they danced and sung

They caalled on me to sing a song, aa sung them ‘Paddy Fagan’

Aa danced a jig and aa swung me twig that day aa went to Blaydon


We flew across the Chain Bridge, reet into Blaydon town

The bellman he was caallin’ there, they caalled him Jackie Brown

Aa saw him taalkin’ to some cheps and them he was persuadin’

Te gan and see Geordie Ridley’s show at the Mechanic’s Haall at Blaydon


The rain it poured down aal day and made the ground quite muddy

Coffee Johnny had a white hat on, they yelled ‘Whe stole the cuddy?’

There was spice stalls and monkey shows and aald wives sellin’ ciders

An’ a chap with a ha’penny roundabout shootin’ ‘Noo me lads for riders’


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