Llangollen Dreams by Ian H Bruce (2009) On the way from Llangollen on each long lockless pound This boatman’s on auto, my brain has shut down But memories are stirring of far distant days Which through age are now viewed through a rose-tinted haze The time the stove rattled and the chimney pipe shook That night we made love above the locks at Grindley Brook In my dreams Refrain : In your dreams On each tiresome straight stretch time itself slows The tiller’s inactive and the brain’s comatose But memories are stirring of far distant days Which through age are now viewed through a rose-tinted haze Of the time the boat rocked as if t’were at sea That night we made love beside the bridge at Wrenbury Now canal-sides in Wales appear covered in sheep But constant exposure makes eyes heavy with sleep So memories are stirring of far distant days Which through age are now viewed through a rose-tinted haze Of the time we made tidal waves crash on the shore That night we made love outside the pub at Willey Moor As the current flows onward, we drift across Whixall Moss But for flora and fauna, well, I don’t give a toss So memories are stirring of far distant days Which through age are now viewed through a rose-tinted haze The time I lay lifeless like a chicken freshly plucked That night we made love on Pontyscyllate Aqueduct The monotonous channel, the engines dull thud But brain cells are stirring in their sea of thick mud So to hell with those memories, there’s ambition left yet I’m no washed-out old tom-cat that’s been seen by the vet A thought leaps from nowhere, my heart is now racing I think we’ll make love in the new Llangollen basin Notes from the song writer : On canal holidays with friends I have sometimes been called upon to sing a few songs at the end of the day. A few risqué comedy songs have gone down well but songs with lengthy choruses have not. Whilst on a recent trip to Llangollen during a period of boredom I resolved to write a humorous canal song which had a short chorus. My wife insists that I make it clear that this is in no way based upon any real-life events. After a request by Kevin Lewis I was very happy to provide him with a recording to accompany his time lapse video of boats passing through Grindley Brook. His website contains some amazing photos and is well worth a visit. Ian H Bruce Recorded on :
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