The Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Rum Doodle From seventeen hundred and seventy through to eighteen sixteen They decided to build something pretty cool So they chiselled from the lands with their dirty sweaty hands A canal from Leeds to Liverpool for trade and money, business, profit, industrial And that was why they built the Leeds & Liverpool canal Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Two hundred years later the industry has gone But history has left us with a prize Waterfront apartments stand where they used to bring the coal on land All that she carries is the cries of the past, long gone historical As you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool canal Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Up by Bingley Five rises, Dowley Aqueduct Skipton Castle looming on Spring Bank Lock keepers they keep the locks from Granary Wharf to Albert Docks Levers pull gates open and cogs crank their way so the long barges they shall Sail their way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Why don't you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal In the heatwave of the 70's we used to knock off school And we'd fight like gypsies down by Newlay lock In snake belts, tank tops, Oxford bags, Evo Stik & tab end fags Liquid gold, laced up ox blood docs It's like an old long distance pal As we fought our way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal We fought our way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal In the year of 1943 seven airmen ceased to be When a Wellington bomber fell out of the sky Now in a lonely corner on the Keighley Skipton border Above a Polish flag an eagle flies, lest we forget Rest in peace they shall As their spirits fly above the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Their souls they fly above the Leeds & Liverpool Canal From village tales of Yorkshire Dales to Lancashire's red rose The three peaks, rolling Pennine hills By drystone walls, Methodist halls, dales and caves and waterfalls Factories, dark satanic mills all line the banks It's all so magical As you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Rum Doodle are a folk roots acoustic duo from Leeds, Yorkshire. They consist of Martin Brennan (vocals, guitar) and BB Tim (guitar). Their work can be found on Reverbnation and this song can be found on the album 'The Burren' which is available on Bandcamp. My thanks to them for permission to include this song, which was written to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, on this website.
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