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The Fivepenny Piece Songs G-J

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

Gather In The Mushrooms
(Benny Hill)

Lyrics are transcribed on the Benny Hill Songbook website.

One of comedian Benny Hill's comic songs, originally released by Benny in 1961 as a single on the Pye label. Probably the nearest the band ever got to singing "Scrumpy & Western" music!

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

General On A Rocking Horse
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

John on lead vocals on this poignant song about a retired old soldier dreaming of past glories...

Gently Gently
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

This lovely song has Lynda on lead vocals.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing

Gift Of Love, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A new Meeks-Radcliffe composition recorded for the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

Give Us A Smile George
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

Written with Our George in mind. An attempt to get the lugubrious Mr. George Radcliffe to smile meets with a firm refusal.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Going Nowhere
(S. Elson - D. Stephenson)

One of two songs written by this partnership on the Peddlers Of Songs album. I've been unable to find out anything about them.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Gotta Get Away
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

With an arrangement somewhat reminiscent of Fred Neil's Everybody's Talkin', this is a strong song featuring John on lead vocals with great harmonies from the rest of the group. Released as a single in 1973.

single: Gotta Get Away; LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece

Gradely Prayer, A
(music: John Meeks, Colin Radcliffe - words: Allen Clarke)

Lyrics here

A 'Lanky' prayer in the form of a poem written by Lancashire dialect writer Allen Clarke, set to music by John Meeks and Colin Radcliffe. Bolton-born Allen Clarke (1863-1935), who also used the pen-name Teddy Ashton, was editor of the Blackpool Echo. Released as a single in 1972 and re-issued in 1975. A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

single: A Gradely Prayer; single: A Gradely Prayer; LP: Makin' Tracks; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Lanky Spoken Here (1); Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Great Deal Of Difference, A

A new Meeks-Radcliffe composition recorded for the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Hand Me Down Trousers
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Song with Eddie on lead vocals, about a chap who's never had to wear the eponymous garb.

LP: Telling Tales

Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The Fivepenny Piece's second single, this is believed to be the song they sang on the Granada TV show New Faces, when they won the 'talent contest', leading to their recording contract with EMI. A catchy song with a commercial pop arrangement that should have been a chart hit by rights, but sadly wasn't.

single: Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones

He Came To Me
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another lovely song with Lynda on lead vocals.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing

He Willy Nilly
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Cheerful song about a man who lives in the "warm, warm sun" - about the nearest the Fivepenny Piece get to a calypso!

LP: Makin' Tracks

Hear All, See All, Say Nowt
(Noel Gay)

Ideal song for the Fivepenny Piece, based on the old Northern saying. Written by Yorkshire-born songwriter Noel Gay. Has a sing-a-long chorus.

LP: King Cotton; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire

Hencote, The
(Bill Froggatt)

Lyrics are transcribed on the Monologues website.

Monologue in the Marriott Edgar style, written by Lancashire dialect writer Bill Froggatt and performed by Eddie Crotty. Strangely, it's credited to Eddie as writer on the album, even though John's announcement at the start of the track makes it clear that Bill Froggatt was the writer. Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album (also credited to Eddie there too!).

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: Where It All Began

Hiking
(John Meeks - Eddie Crotty)

Another one of Eddie's tales, this time about a hiker chap asking directions from a not particularly helpful local.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Home Made Brew
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe - Eddie Crotty)

Issued on the Makin' Tracks album and as the B-side to the The People Tree single, this cheery and catchy song (with Eddie on lead vocals) extols the virtues of "whoam brewed" ale - I'll drink to that!

single: The People Tree; LP: Makin' Tracks; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

I Ask The Question (Who Am I)?
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

John sings lead vocals on this introspective song.

LP: Telling Tales

I Don't Know If I Wanna Go Home
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lovely wistful song which I could see making a great single - it's got a catchy hummable melody, great lyrics, and the band's performance is spot-on. Sadly it wasn't to be, but it did appear as a track on the band's excellent debut album.

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

I Like The Working Classes
(Meeks - Johnson)

A rare bit of satire from the band as Lynda does a superb imitation of a certain lady prime minister of the day. I'm not sure if the writer was John or Lynda, and I don't know who 'Johnson' is - perhaps it was James Johnson who collaborated with John and Colin on Boozer's Lament?

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

If I Were A Carpenter
(Tim Hardin)

Much-covered song by the American singer-songwriter who died in 1980 aged 39. An unusual choice of material for the The Fivepenny Piece, certainly at that time, but maybe they just liked the song - and why not? Sung by the Meeks siblings in harmony. Re-recorded and released on the band's 2008 Christmas album.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage, CD: A Special Child

I'll Be Still In Love With You
(Tony Hazzard)

Beautiful song by established hit songwriter (and occasional recording artist) Tony Hazzard, issued on a single in October 1978. Sadly this was to be the last single for EMI before the band and the label parted company. It seems EMI was determined to break the band commercially with this song, which could so easily have been a hit, but wasn't in the event. Hazzard had already provided 1960s hits for The Hollies, Manfred Mann and Lulu, among others, as well as issuing a few records himself in the '60s and '70s.

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

I'm A Big Boy
(Mike Lyddiard)

Song by folk singer Mike Lyddiard, about a little lad who thinks he's big now, and can do things without any help from us grown-ups! Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album with John's grandson Matthew on load vocals.

LP: Both Sides Of Fivepenny Piece; CD: Where It All Began

I'm Henpecked
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Humorous song, sung by Eddie, that ends with Lynda doing the henpecking in proper Lanky style!

LP: Makin' Tracks

I'm In Love With...
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

The full title of this song is I'm In Love With Angela Rippon, a tribute to the then BBC TV's female newsreader (a rarity in those days). For some reason the lady's name is not mentioned on the album sleeve or the label. The song is sung with great sensitivity and emotion by George.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

I'm Powfagged
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Sung by Eddie, this humorous song is about a chap who's too tired ('powfagged' in Lanky speak) when he gets home, to show his wife any affection. The orginal version appeared as the B-side to the Gotta Get Away single in 1973. A different version, featuring Lynda as well as Eddie on vocals, appears on the Lanky Spoken Here LP and CDs.

single: Gotta Get Away; LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; LP: Lanky Spoken Here!; CD: Lanky Spoken Here (1); CD: Lanky Spoken Here (2)

In A World Of Three Foot Nothing
(Trevor Chance - Colin Radcliffe)

Song about the innocence of the young, also released as the B-side to It's A Long Way in the 1980s.

single: It's A Long Way; LP: Here We Are Again; CD: Here We Are Again

It's A Long Way
(Judge-Williams; Ford-Novello; Asaf-Powell)

A medley of First World War songs: (It's A Long Way to) Tipperary, written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams; Keep The Home Fires Burning (lyric Lena Ford, music Ivor Novello); and Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag) (George Asaf and Felix Powell). Issued as a promotional tie-in with Eland Travel of Surrey, at the time of the Falklands War in 1982. Hardly typical Fivepeny Piece fodder - rather showing how the later line-up had drifted from the original band's direction.

single: It's A Long Way

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Johnny Beggar
(Trad. arr. The Fivepenny Piece)

Folk song with a sing-along chorus, sometimes known as Johnny Booker, Johnny B*gg*r (to rhyme with 'lugger') and other variants.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Journeys Of My Mind, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

John sings lead on this pensive song.

LP: Makin' Tracks; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece


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