Waiting for the Day Trad shanty, adapted by Phil Clayton Recorded by The Light Side Well the worst old Joey that ever did weigh Set off from Tipton on a windy day We're waiting for the day, waiting for the day Waiting for the day when we get our pay She was built in Brindley’s times Held together with tar and twine In ‘ampton town she sprung a leak Hear her poor old timbers creak Her keelson’s buckled and her rudder won’t turn She's steered by a bucket hangin’ over the stern The skipper's in the pub, the mate is too The Hoss is only fit for Findus stew We’re up to ‘Edgeford Basin for thirty tons of coal While the owner’s tucked in bed with a bag of gold Her coal was loaded by a drunken crew The bottom was rotten and it went right through! Now the moral of this story is easy to spin You’re better off in Tipton in the Fountain Inn 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.
Waiting for the Day Trad shanty, adapted by Phil Clayton Recorded by The Light Side Well the worst old Joey that ever did weigh Set off from Tipton on a windy day We're waiting for the day, waiting for the day Waiting for the day when we get our pay She was built in Brindley’s times Held together with tar and twine In ‘ampton town she sprung a leak Hear her poor old timbers creak Her keelson’s buckled and her rudder won’t turn She's steered by a bucket hangin’ over the stern The skipper's in the pub, the mate is too The Hoss is only fit for Findus stew We’re up to ‘Edgeford Basin for thirty tons of coal While the owner’s tucked in bed with a bag of gold Her coal was loaded by a drunken crew The bottom was rotten and it went right through! Now the moral of this story is easy to spin You’re better off in Tipton in the Fountain Inn 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.