This site is aiming to gather together and provide links to songs, old and new, which relate to British and Irish waterways. It has been produced as a hobby project and has no commercial purpose. Lyrics for songs are given with tunes and/or chords where possible. Some song lyrics have been difficult to transcribe and I am sure I will have made some mistakes. Contributions of missing tunes/chords and corrections are always welcome. Small snippets of commercial recordings, generally one or two verses (and chorus), are included to give a better idea of the songs' rhythms and melodies but listeners are urged to support artists by purchasing full recordings where possible. Some full recordings of songs are included on the site. These have generally been provided by the songwriter or are not readily available from other sources. An increasing number of videos have been appearing on the site. Historical and other information about the songs is included when it is known, along with links to appropriate web-sites. Contributions from song-writers who might wish to make their songs available to others would be most welcome. Similarly, if any artist objects to the inclusion of lyrics or recordings, please let me know. I have taken the liberty of including some of my own songs which might otherwise never be heard. Please e-mail ian@waterwaysongs.co.uk with any comments or contributions. Many thanks to all those who have already contacted me with songs and information. Over 300 songs related to the British canal system can be accessed via the Song Menu which lists them alphabetically. You can move directly through the songs alphabetically once one is selected. The collection can also be searched with a conventional Google search box. The Reference Section lists song books and recordings of canal songs. Further details about these recordings can be accessed via the CD or lp cover image. Whilst some of the songs in this collection are over 100 years old, there don't appear to be many 'traditional' canal songs as such, if by that we mean songs sung by the canal workers and boaters from the days when the canals were a working system. The Tommy Note and The Greasy Wheel being, perhaps, solitary examples. Most canal songs are of more recent origin, starting in the days when the canals were in danger of closure and their subsequent restoration. Since then many leisure boaters and canal enthusiasts have added to their number. Where possible the origins of a song have been tracked down and the author(s) given full credit. Some full recordings of older long-playing records can be accessed via the Reference section. There appears little chance of these being made commercially available and some are available elsewhere on the Internet anyway. These are included for the benefit of the canal song enthusiast. If any copyright holder objects to their inclusion I will remove them.
This site is aiming to gather together and provide links to songs, old and new, which relate to British and Irish waterways. It has been produced as a hobby project and has no commercial purpose. Lyrics for songs are given with tunes and/or chords where possible. Some song lyrics have been difficult to transcribe and I am sure I will have made some mistakes. Contributions of missing tunes/chords and corrections are always welcome. Small snippets of commercial recordings, generally one or two verses (and chorus), are included to give a better idea of the songs' rhythms and melodies but listeners are urged to support artists by purchasing full recordings where possible. Some full recordings of songs are included on the site. These have generally been provided by the songwriter or are not readily available from other sources. An increasing number of videos have been appearing on the site. Historical and other information about the songs is included when it is known, along with links to appropriate web-sites. Contributions from song-writers who might wish to make their songs available to others would be most welcome. Similarly, if any artist objects to the inclusion of lyrics or recordings, please let me know. I have taken the liberty of including some of my own songs which might otherwise never be heard. Please e-mail ian@waterwaysongs.co.uk with any comments or contributions. Many thanks to all those who have already contacted me with songs and information. Over 300 songs related to the British canal system can be accessed via the Song Menu which lists them alphabetically. You can move directly through the songs alphabetically once one is selected. The collection can also be searched with a conventional Google search box. The Reference Section lists song books and recordings of canal songs. Further details about these recordings can be accessed via the CD or lp cover image. Whilst some of the songs in this collection are over 100 years old, there don't appear to be many 'traditional' canal songs as such, if by that we mean songs sung by the canal workers and boaters from the days when the canals were a working system. The Tommy Note and The Greasy Wheel being, perhaps, solitary examples. Most canal songs are of more recent origin, starting in the days when the canals were in danger of closure and their subsequent restoration. Since then many leisure boaters and canal enthusiasts have added to their number. Where possible the origins of a song have been tracked down and the author(s) given full credit. Some full recordings of older long-playing records can be accessed via the Reference section. There appears little chance of these being made commercially available and some are available elsewhere on the Internet anyway. These are included for the benefit of the canal song enthusiast. If any copyright holder objects to their inclusion I will remove them.
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