Goodbye To The Canals by Sue Lee Chorus : So it's goodbye to the canals, the jolly old canals Goodbye to our way of life and freedom For the railway's comin' in, cuttin' prices, what a sin Breakin' boatmen's hearts now that they don't need 'em Where is me boat, me lovely painted boat? That's been me family's home for generations Well they sunk it in the pound, when the butty ran aground Now I share a council flat with me relations Where is me horse, me fine old chestnut horse? Who pulled up the boats from here to Leighton Ah sure he was gettin' thin as our profits they grew slim Now he's kicking up his heels in horses' heaven Where is the wharf, the whopping great big wharf? Alongside canal at the junction Well the cut it got filled in when they brought the dozers on Now a supermarket car park is its function Where is me wife, me dear old 'trouble and strife'? Me life long friend, me mate, and me treasure Well she met this sailor Joe and she left me don't you know Now she's knitting socks for sailors just for pleasure This appears to be the tune 'The Little Beggarman' which was also used for 'Here Come the Navvies' by Ian Campbell. Recorded on :
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