Maid in England by Buz Collins Well fire up the engine and bring in the lines And make sure you coil them up neat We're away navigating so it's all hands on deck And the skipper's the best you will meet The air it is fresh, the water is clear But we've got no reason for staying round here We'll be off just as soon as I've got me a beer And I'm steering the 'Maid in England' Chorus : With the smoke in your eyes, the wind in your hair The throb of the engine down in its dark lair The water behind you, the tiller in hand When you're steering the 'Maid in England' The bridges arch over, the towpath runs past As we bid the city adieu Now the green fields surround us and the hedges grow free There's herons and kingfishers too But now a lock looms before us, someone runs ahead To sweat with the windlass 'till they wished they were dead ‘Well I’d do it myself but I'm busy’, I said For I'm steering the 'Maid in England' We stride 'cross the valleys on mighty stone legs In the dark we bore straight through the hills Through cuttings, embankments through woodlands and moor Past cottages, minings and mills But there, up before us and coming our way Another bold skipper did thoughtlessly say, ‘Do you like my boat?’, and I had to say ‘Nay!’ For I'm steering the 'Maid in England' The sun it is setting in the fiery sky And the darkness is drawing in soon So we'll find a good mooring and snuggle in tight By the light of the slow rising moon The engine is silent, this rest it has earned We’ll doze by the stove and we’ll watch the logs burn But first thing tomorrow I’m back at the stern And I'm steering the 'Maid in England' Son of Dolly Collins, nephew of Shirley, Buz Collins was a talented songwriter and musician. Working with his wife Sam, living on their narrowboat “The Maid in England”, the influences of the waterways and railways on his work were obvious. With an eye for detail and a delightful sense of the comic, he tackled social history, romance and snobbery with equal vigour and passion. Tragically, Buz died in late summer 2002. Recorded on :
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