Does It Get Cold In Winter?

by Phil Underwood

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While cruising on the old canal
You're often in a hurry
So when you see gongoozlers,
Your head begins to worry
It takes good time that long for you
To reach your journey's end
For when you stop the questions start,
It drives you round the bend

Chorus:
Does it get cold in winter in winter?
Gongoozleers always cry
Does it get cold in winter in winter?
It's makes you want to sigh
They're always asking questions
It's enough to make you to spit
Does it get cold in winter?
Of course it does, you twit!

(On account of it being winter, see)

Is it called a long boat?
They always ask that question
You've answered it a million times
It's given you indigestion
No, it's not a bleeding long boat
'Cos we're not Vikings, see
The only Danish round here is the one we had with tea

Chorus

While winding up the old lock gate
Me windlass slipped and spun
It wacked me on my hand
I fell down on my bum
I was rolling round in agony
When I heard a mighty chuckle
And a goozler cheerfuly enquired
Have you broke your knuckle?

Chorus

So when you see gongoozlers
While cruising on the cut
And they start asking questions
Don't even pish or tut
Just start up your jet engine
(Available at all good marine chandlers)
And put it on full power
And treat them to a narrowboat going at 60 miles per hour

Chorus

Does it get cold in winter in winter?
Does it get cold in winter in winter?
Of course it does, you twit!

Award winning folk/roots musician Phil Underwood is a British singer/songwriter and playwright. Instead of being at the National Waterways Museum for the Easter Boat Gathering 2020, Phil and Denise (DryWood) performed a number of original songs celebrating the traditions and heritage of the English canals from their canal boat as a video recording which can be viewed in full here. The video above is a recording of just this one song.

As a canal boatman, Phil Underwood is passionate about the canal system, its history and the communities that live and work on it. He his head of the theatre company Bonnet and Belt which has produced a number of shows about the canals. Phil Underwood is a canal boatman, playwright, actor/musician, singer/songwriter and performer of traditional music. He is passionate about the canal, its history and the communities that live and work on it.