For those of you in a Karaoke mood, the lyrics and music can be found below the feedback.
The Humber Bridge song! I can't tell you how much it meant to me to hear it again! I remember Dr. Clarke's son singing it on stage at the Grammar School, and although I've only heard it that one time, it has stuck in my memory, and I've often found myself singing the chorus to myself! I have told my kids about it, but they thought I was a little crazy, as they believe the Humber bridge has been there for ever! thank you for putting it on the site!
At long last I've heard it again and remembered nearly all the words!! The rest of the album (Songs for Humberside) is worth a listen to as well (if only I still had it). My mum bought it when it came out, but it went the way of many records,the charity shop. Has anyone got a copy that they don't want? There's a good home ready and waiting!
I was intrigued to see the Emails about the Humber Bridge Song on your site and delighted to know that your correspondants liked it.
It is now 38 years since Christopher Rowe and I first recorded the Songs for Humberside EP collection - to be followed by the rather predictably titled More Songs for Humberside and then by the Decca LP. I know there are some copies still around which haven't been turned into plant pots and a number of people have contacted me about digital copies of individual songs now that turntables are almost as scarce as the records.
I'm very sad to say that Christopher died some 5 years ago - a great loss to all his family friends and fans. I'm sure he would be delighted to know that there are still those around who sing about "going round by Goole" and remember the songs with affection. The Haltemprice level crossings, Victoria Square and the William Wilberforce statue all bring back very happy memories of our time in Hull.
Living across in Merseyside and making regular trips back along the M62 I frequently give vent to a verse or two as we pass the bridge. I think I'll have to start singing earlier - as we pass Goole!
Best wishes to all your surfers!
I have a copy of the LP so if Niki Elvige is still looking If she sends me her details I will send it to her for the cost of Postage
Just an update on a message I posted way back in Oct 2005. I eventually got a copy of Songs for Humberside and managed to put it on a cd ,so I can treat my friends and family.
Thanks to those who got in touch,it was much appreciated,
Hull is remembering the 3 lost trawlers of 30 years ago and we are trying to trace Chris Rowe and Ian Clarke's song commemorating the Ross Cleveland, Kingston Peridot et al to play on Radio Humberside. Can anyone help? Thanks
I do have the LP with this song on it and have just copied it on to a CD. Don't know if it is possible to email the track?
The track is called Disaster 68 and is on the Seagulls Ride the Wind LP.
Hi all. I was delighted to see this posting of the lyrics for the Humber Bridge Song. I first heard it and captured it on cassette at The Gate folk club in Coventry in the early 1970's, but the guys who sang it got the verses confused and sang twice about "Duke William was his name", so for the last 30 years I have been missing the bit about what happened after Julius Caesar arrived, and although I've found many references to the song, I've never been able to get the lyrics.
Thank you so much for this - Once I've learned it, I'm looking forward to singing it in Lostwithiel later this summer. If anyone has an MP3 of any of the other material, I'd be more than happy to contribute some beer tokens for a copy!
In the late 1960s I shared Christopher Rowe's address! He lived in the flat adjoining mine in Park Avenue. Our electricity meters were run by shilling coins and he was always running out and coming to me for them! I was sorry to read Ian Clark's note that Christopher had died.
Thank you for letting me download this. I'm doing a dissertation on the cultural impacts of the Humber Bridge, and this song is very useful to me :)
This is a wonderful find. I have been looking for ages to find anything about these two guys and their wonderful songs. Very saddened to read about the loss of Christopher.
Now if I could just find a copy of the Whitby to Scarborough Line, I would be in seventieth heaven, let alone seventh.
I remember with great emotion my very first visit to England in October 1972. After being married for one year in our early 20s we went to see the friends of my wife in Bridlington and they had this song which impressed me so much. Tonight I decided to search for it and found it. Our love with England is still going strong and we are looking forward to our next visit in Filey in January 2009
BODO from Germany
I visited Hull last weekend and It made me remenber my dad having the tape in car when i was a child.
I really want a copy of this on DVD of anyone knows were i can get to from please post.
This site brings back memories of my home town - Hull - I now live on the South Coast. I was fortunate to meet Ian & Chris when they published a poem and song book called "By the Tide of Humber" back in the early 70s. The book featured one of my own short poems and I am proud to say that it appeared alongside the likes of Philip Larkin, Alan Plater and my old work colleague Howard Clarke.
I remember being out for a few drinks with friends and somehow finished the evening at Chris Rowe's house - can't remember how or why but Chris and Ian entertained us with a few songs right there in the living room.
I still have a couple of copies of the book stored away in my 'memory box' and over Christmas was having a nostalgic read. Sad to see Chris is no longer with us.
Great to see some interest in the songs Chris Rowe & I put together. Please let anyone who wants copies have my email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Ian [SIR!] - I have been in touch with Geoff Gooding recently and we were discussing Songs from Humberside and how brilliant those songs were. Chris took me once to the Look North Studios and I was absolutely amazed by it all - he was such a lovely gentle soul who wouldn't hurt a fly - a gem of a guy - he and Pat were inseperable - it would be great to speak occasionally - Helen [ your best pupil!]
I wrote the below poem on the day of the 25th Anniversary of the Humber Bridge opening-
THE HUMBER BRIDGE 25th ANNIVERSARY
What cause we have to celebrate this day
For twenty-five years now we’ve had to pay
To cross this bridge that they have built
But should not our Government bear the guilt
For we pay tax to fuel and drive our cars
So is not this tax to cross a tax too far.
A bridge to nowhere from Gods own land
Will for the rest of time always stand
As a symbol of our Governments greed
And how they always take no heed
Of those who keep them in such splendid state
So take up your diaries and note well this date.
Michael A. Hellyer
I'm trying to track down a copy of the LP Seagulls Ride The Wind. My brother and I used to listen to it a lot when we were growing up in Withernsea - it was great to hear songs about places that we knew!
Does anyone know where we might be able to get hold of a copy?
PS Our father was the lighthouse keeper at Withernsea. We used to help our dad show people around during the summer holidays. Does anyone remember being given a guided tour by us in the 1970's?
So pleased to have found this website. I also would love a copy -cd for preference, of the Songs for Humberside album. Does anyone know if such a thing is available anywhere?
We had your 'Songs of Humberside' for years but when my husband died last September the family couldn't find it. I'd love another copy.
I want to thank you Ian for the wonderful memories I have of our family singing the choruses and having a laugh over the words, they were so witty.
My husband was delighted when he found that one of you (and I think it was you) was his English teacher when he went back into Adult Education for a course in English, Accounts and Office Practice, years ago.
My son passed this site onto me, thank you again.
Oh what would I give for a "digital" version of the entire LP ?
Just woke from a dream, trying to remember the name of the post war planner who re-designed Hull, and of course, it's mentioned in one of the songs, as the "Abercrombie plan" where the guys sing about Carr lane et al. Memory dading now, but remember listening to this back in the 70's.
Cmon, digitise it and re-launch it for us Oldies !
I tried emailing Ian Clark at the address he gave above on 17/02/09. I got an "Mailbox is inactive" error message. Has anyone got a current address for Ian?
I'm interested in tracking down a copy of Songs from Humberside, More songs from Huimberside, and also Folk Train.
Please can we have all your songs on CD or download!!! I grew up with them and I can still remember all the words. Even my grown up sons know about the man who operates the railway crossing! I was in Hull last weekend for the first time in 20 years and the songs were going through my head all the time. So Ian, if you're out there, make us all happy!!
I first heard this song sung by a young woman at Lowestoft folk club in the mid 80's (the only time I ever heard it) and it's often been in my head since - especially these last 2 months when I have been to Hull twice for the first time and finally seen the fantastic Humber bridge. How wonderful to track the song down tonight on this website and hear it again. Very sad to learn of the composer's death - at least he lives on in this and his other songs. I really like Hull by the way, despite the fact my ex-wife lives there!
does anyone have a copy of this on cd, i would gladly pay costs of cd and postage. i heard this in my early teens and i also can remember the songs " jaffa juice billy " and victoria who overlooks the toilet! no one in my family beleives that this exists and thinks im nuts! i think an early comment by NIKi elvidge states she made her own copy, if youre still there niki , any chance of a copy please thanks
I grew up in Beverley (born 1965) and saw Chris and Ian several times. I recently found their LP and as I still have a turntable gave it a spin-I remebered all the tracks and it really took me back to my childhood. I left Beverley in 77 but went back afew years ago, via the Humber Bridge. I sang the song to myself as I went over.
Sooo pleased with the youtube link as I've been trying to find a CD copy of the Songs for Humberside to give my parents. Chris Rowe was my 2nd cousin & my parents have always been very proud of his songs. Thanks for posting the link, it brought back such memories!
Just played the youtube clip down the phone to my mum & dad, Trevor & Frances Rowe & they were thrilled! It doesn't take much to bring a smile to people & the clip has certainly done that today!! thank you!
Just revisited the site for the first time for quite a while and I'm delighted to see that there is still interest in our songs. Sorry I didn't update my email after a change some time ago. It's now email@example.com. Good to hear the song being used on radio 4's In living memory the other day. That reminded me that in 1970 even after the song had been recorded and sung for about 3 years we still weren't sure there was going to be a bridge. Even four years after Barbara's famous promise!! I remember saying I'd believe it only after I'd driven over it. Such a cynic!!!!
Anyway - all the best to you. Happy listening.
Hi - I just found your site. It brings back happy memories of my student days. My best friend at uni was an American who had taken her international baccalaureat in England and was going out with a bloke who came from "up north". She brought back a tape with "Songs for Humberside" and I - being German and not very familiar with the regional characteristics of Humberside" tried to figure out what it was all about. I can assure you - I learned a lot. There was a time when I knew all the songs by heart. Great stuff.
I am said friend of the former poster. Slight correction, although my then boyfriend was from Hull, I actually taped the album (via microphone! that was high tec in those days) while visiting 'Our Chalet' a Guide International Center in Switzerland. The songs were a great hit with all my friends - but the story doesn't end there - when I played it for one of my English friends- she said it had been written and performed by her tutors! I did buy the LP quiet a number of years ago and am still waiting for my brother-in-law to transfer it to CD for me! In fact we discussed this just last Sunday. So 'Songs for Humberside' live on!
Thank God there are still people who remember Christopher Rowe's and Ian Clark's wonderful songs. They are sure Hull's answer to Flanders and Swann. I got a copy of Songs for Humberside so many years ago, and I still enjoy listening to the marvellous stuff. Which betrays my age, I guess ....
Dear Mr Clarke
This is a very long shot I know but I was wondering if you have a CD version of "Songs for Humberside" that I could buy. As I remember it so well from my childhood and would love to have a copy that I could now play for my family. I, like you have left the East Riding, and I now live and work in Manchester, but I'm very much an East Riding lass. If you can't help me I wonder if you could direct me to someone who could. I had to use this forum as your e-mail address doesn't work
The Revd Melanie Appleby SCP
Vicar of The Parish Church of William Temple
William Temple Vicarage
Great to find others who love these songs! Got them on vinyl but would love to be able to download them digitially- can anyone do this? Wonderful songs I still play very loudly when the family is out! Thank you.
Decided to pay a last visit to the site this year and saw a number of people looking for digital versions of various songs. Please email on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries and I'll do my best to help. In the meantime all the best for 2012. Keep singing!!
Can I join the clamour for a digital release for 'Songs for Humberside' ; a nice CD with notes perhaps? Brought up in Hull in the 60s and 70s I now live in Glasgow. It's a long way from there to here. Goole pool is great by the way.
My parents had the Songs for Humberside LP when I was a child and we learnt the songs when we were little. I now have a baby who I entertain by singing the songs to her, so in addition to learning nursery rhymes she's learning about the wonderful city of Hull - Queen Victoria's toilets are guaranteed to raise a giggle from her!
I spent some very formative years of my youth in Hull. I have all 3 of the LPs and still play them regularly, they bind me to Hull and are lovely songs in their own right.
Saw the article on the Humber Bridge in the Guardian and the letter today on Chris and Ian's song. Just played it on You Tube. Many happy memories of Chris with whom I sang in my College Days in Manchester. Who remembers The Lakelanders ?!
THe Bridge is still the most iconic in the world and there will never be another Chris Rowe.
Letter in The Guardian yesterday (22-9-2012) points out that there is another song with Goole in the lyrics - Slow Train by Flanders and Swann.
"No-one departs, no-one arrives,
From Selby to Goole,
From St. Erth to St. Ives,
They all passed out of our lives,
On the slow train"
That makes Hartmut Rentsch's comment doubly appropriate (above 19/6/2011).
Was discussion Ian & Chris on the Kelvin Hall Facebook group and found this site.
If any ex Kelvin pupils or teachers (Ian!) want to join contact Geoff Gooding on Facebook.
Off to the loft now to get the LP down.
What an amazing find! By far one of my favourite albums that I still have and play today. Apart from "The Humber Bridge" (obviously) my other favourite song is "The Man Who Put the Halt in Haltemprice" and I still sing that in the car driving around the villages in Málaga!
Thanks for providing the sheet music, chords & lyrics - guess what I'll be playing when I get back home tonight!
On another note, I know that there are now turntables with digital outputs and even USB ports so that you can stick in a pen drive, play the record and volia: you have a digital copy. However, my questions are: 1) Is the quality of the record deck any good and 2) can you select the quality of the resulting digital file (which doesn't matter if the quality of the deck isn't up to scratch)?
I don't know why I got round to "Googling" this song today after so many years. I am now 57 and when 14 or 15 had an R.E. Teacher at my school (Henbury Comprehensive in Bristol) by the name of Don Rowe - was he any relation? Anyway, he played guitar and sang us this song, and I have remembered the lyrics of the first verse and chorus with me ever since. Interested to hear the song again - I've downloaded it and will have a listen just now.
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