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The Fivepenny Piece Songs D-F

The Fivepenny Piece Songs pages list in alphabetical order all the known songs* (not forgetting the monologues!) recorded or written by The Fivepenny Piece, and give brief notes about each. This is the index page, which gives a complete alphabetical index of all the songs. Further information about the individual songs is given in these pages:

Part 1 (A-C)   |   Part 2 (D-F)   |   Part 3 (G-J)   |   Part 4 (K-O)   |   Part 5 (P-S)   |   Part 6 (T-Z)

or just click on the song title below to go to the appropriate page. If anyone knows of any other songs not in the list, then please let us know.

* songs from the CD 57 Fivepenny Favourites have not been included in this list, as these are all medleys of extracts of songs made famous by others, and are not really typical The Fivepenny Piece material.

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Day Of The Rain, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

One of the more unusual lyrics from Colin Radcliffe, seemingly about a man about to be hanged, who then wakes up and enjoys a hearty breakfast. Did he dream it all?

LP: Makin' Tracks

Dear Albert
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

This humorous song is in two parts on the Life Is A Game Of Chance album. Sung as a duet by Lynda and Eddie.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Diddlers Three, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lively song with a catchy tune about the three roguish old comrades "Uncle Tom and Paddy and me".

LP: Wish You Were Here; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Dieting
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe - Eddie Crotty)

Humorous song bemoaning the proliferation of diets being promoted on radio and TV, with a reference to Terry Wogan (the "Irish chap that spouts on Radio 2") and his 'fight on flab'. At least he's still spouting away on Radio 2 in the 21st century, to prevent the song sounding too dated! See also Weightwatchers.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: One Up Compilation

Dirty Old Town
(Ewan MacColl)

The lyrics are transcribed on the Mudcat website.

One of the most well-known songs written by the legendary Ewan MacColl, originally about his birthplace Salford, but since applied by singers to many other towns across the world.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again

Doctor, The
(words: Nick Brackin, music: Eddie Crotty)

The tale of a doctor who calls out a plumber in the middle of the night, to sort out his blocked lavatory...

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

Doctor Bell (The Quack Doctor)
(John Meeks)

A new song released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Doctor Duck & Sailor Sam
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another song with nonsense lyrics, presumably aimed at children. Unless the lads had been on the ale again?!

LP: Telling Tales

Doggies, The
(Trad.)

A new versions of an old song recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

CD: Where It All Began

Down At Our School
(Trad arr. J. Meeks - L. Meeks - C. Radcliffe - G. Radcliffe - E. Crotty)

Old Lancashire children's street song, performed on the live On Stage album.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage

Down Our Street
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lively song about the friendly folk who live "down our street" - another favourite with the fans.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece

Dutchman, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Evocative song about an old Dutchman plying the streets, giving the children little wooden windmills he carves himself, in exchange for rags and bones. Lead vocals by John, with a bit of C&W-style steel guitar in the arrangement. A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance; CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Early In The Morning
(Trad. arr. The Fivepenny Piece)

Well known humorous sing-a-long chorus song with many different verses and variations, several of them rude!

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Ee By Gum
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe - Eddie Crotty)

One of the band's best remembered songs about a chap who likes to take a drink or two to warm himself up. Has a sing-along chorus:
    Ee bah gum burr'ah'm cowd
    Ee bah gum burr'ah'm cowd
    Mi 'on's 're lahk stone, mi feet's lahk lead
    Ah ha'na bin warm sin' ah left mi bed
    Ah skip reight up tert fire, as near as ah'm allowed
    Till ah might get gradely warm at last
    Ee bah gum burr'ah'm cowd!

Two different versions appeared on single releases - the first (Columbia) version released in 1972 on the B-side of There's A Great Deal Of Difference is the same as all the album ones. A new recorded version appears at the B-side to Big Jim, released in 1975.

single: There's A Great Deal Of Difference; single: Big Jim ; LP: The The Fivepenny Piece; LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Lanky Spoken Here (1)

Emerald Dew
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Medium paced, reflective love song with Lynda on lead vocals.

LP: Makin' Tracks

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Faithless Weaver, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Although credited to Meeks-Radcliffe, this song appears to have been based on an early 19th century poem by John Clare The Faithless Shepherd. A lovely vocal performance from Lynda, of this moving song. For more information about this song, see the John Clare website.

LP: Telling Tales

Fine Feathers
(John Meeks - Eddie Crotty)

Touching and reflective song about a lad who doesn't find it easy to get on with women, and his efforts to improve his chances. A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

LP: The The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Better Than Ever; Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

First Day At School
(Mike Lyddiard)

Song by the Lancashire songwriter Mike Lyddiard, who seemed to specialise in songs about childhood.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again

Fishin'
(Eddie Crotty)

This humorous item is one of Eddie Crotty's tall tales about a couple of chaps who go fishing in a boat.

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Five Merry Minstrels
(Stanley Ashton)

Short unaccompanied song with vocals from the whole band, used to introduce the band at the start of the show on the live album An Evening With Fivepenny Piece.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Flamingo
(S. Elson - D. Stephenson)

One of two songs by this writing partnership on the Peddlers Of Songs album. This appeared on the B-side of the I'll Be Still In Love With You single.

single: I'll Be Still In Love With You; LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Football Match, The
(John Meeks - Eddie Crotty)

Story told by Eddie about a football fan who wakes up his mate at night to ask him a question about the afternoon's match... Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: King Cotton; CD: Where It All Began

Four Bare Legs In A Bed
(Trevor Chance - Colin Radcliffe)

Lively song on the Here We Are Again album, with lead vocals from Eddie.

LP: Here We Are Again; CD: Here We Are Again

Four Strong Winds
(Ian Tyson)

The lyrics are transcribed on the Mudcat website.

Written by Ian Tyson (best known as half of the 1960s folk duo Ian & Sylvia), this song has become a folk standard. The Fivepenny Piece's version was recorded on the album Life Is A Game Of Chance.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Fred Fannakapan
(Reg Low)

The old Gracie Fields hit from the 1930s was given a cracking arrangement by The Fivepenny Piece on the Telling Tales album, with all members contributing to the vocals. The comic song's lyric concerns the eponymous lad who visits his girlfriend's family for tea. The family are anxious to impress and have laid on a spread for him, only to find he is unable to eat any food having left his false teeth at home. They then discover he doesn't drink, and finally his mother comes round to drag him off to bed!

LP: Telling Tales; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece


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