Golden Boys Words : Phil Clayton Tune : Tavistock Goosey Fair Recorded by The Light Side I am a true born Brummie, I was schooled in Deritend, The coins and buckles that I make I truly recommend. But looking to the future, I don’t think it’s with toys That I shall be remembered with these two more Golden Boys For my name’s Matthew Boulton, over Birmingham I’ll tower. I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have - POWER. Here in my manufactory at Soho near the cut, I build my engines and my wealth with many schemes afoot. My name it is James Watt, sir, by profession engineer, I came down here to Birmingham to further my career. It’s steam that drives me on, sir, for steam it is my passion, When I have done, the steam engine will be the best of fashion. The old engines were wasteful for they burnt up too much coal, To make them more efficient, this I set to be my goal, It was a mighty problem, I applied myself intenser And changed the course of industry with my separate condenser William Murdoch if you please, the one most don’t remember, I came to Soho for a job in ‘77, September ? It was my hat that brought me to Matthew Boulton’s liking, For I had made it out of wood on a lathe of my own contrivin’. From lathes to engines soon I passed, a natural inventor, I’d built a wooden trike aged ten, then planet with sun at centre, I cut the price of beer by making finings out of cod And made my own steam carriage, sir, the very first hot rod. Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, oh, there is no mystery, In Birmingham we met and there we altered history, And so they built our statue, on Broad Street we deploys, A true and fit memorial to Birmingham’s Golden Boys. In 2019, on the 200th anniversary of the opening of the original Birmingham Canal into the town, Phil Clayton put together a musical, Birmingham Lads .... and Friends, telling something of the history of the canals in the Birmingham and Black Country area. Although focusing on the BCN itself, it started from a song he’d written for the 2012 Golden Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Stourbridge’, The Lions of Stourbridge. Over the years Phil added more songs, mixing contemporary songs, of which this is one, and more up to date canal standards to make an hour long show supported by much visual material. The group The Light Side performed the musical for the BCN Society’s celebratory cruise into Brum marking the anniversary at the Crescent Theatre’s Studio. The show is available on DVD and can be viewed on this website.
Golden Boys Words : Phil Clayton Tune : Tavistock Goosey Fair Recorded by The Light Side I am a true born Brummie, I was schooled in Deritend, The coins and buckles that I make I truly recommend. But looking to the future, I don’t think it’s with toys That I shall be remembered with these two more Golden Boys For my name’s Matthew Boulton, over Birmingham I’ll tower. I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have - POWER. Here in my manufactory at Soho near the cut, I build my engines and my wealth with many schemes afoot. My name it is James Watt, sir, by profession engineer, I came down here to Birmingham to further my career. It’s steam that drives me on, sir, for steam it is my passion, When I have done, the steam engine will be the best of fashion. The old engines were wasteful for they burnt up too much coal, To make them more efficient, this I set to be my goal, It was a mighty problem, I applied myself intenser And changed the course of industry with my separate condenser William Murdoch if you please, the one most don’t remember, I came to Soho for a job in ‘77, September ? It was my hat that brought me to Matthew Boulton’s liking, For I had made it out of wood on a lathe of my own contrivin’. From lathes to engines soon I passed, a natural inventor, I’d built a wooden trike aged ten, then planet with sun at centre, I cut the price of beer by making finings out of cod And made my own steam carriage, sir, the very first hot rod. Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, oh, there is no mystery, In Birmingham we met and there we altered history, And so they built our statue, on Broad Street we deploys, A true and fit memorial to Birmingham’s Golden Boys. In 2019, on the 200th anniversary of the opening of the original Birmingham Canal into the town, Phil Clayton put together a musical, Birmingham Lads .... and Friends, telling something of the history of the canals in the Birmingham and Black Country area. Although focusing on the BCN itself, it started from a song he’d written for the 2012 Golden Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Stourbridge’, The Lions of Stourbridge. Over the years Phil added more songs, mixing contemporary songs, of which this is one, and more up to date canal standards to make an hour long show supported by much visual material. The group The Light Side performed the musical for the BCN Society’s celebratory cruise into Brum marking the anniversary at the Crescent Theatre’s Studio. The show is available on DVD and can be viewed on this website.