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The Fivepenny Piece Songs K-O

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

Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny
(Alex Glasgow)

Lyrics here

Song written by the Geordie singer-songwriter, giving advice to young ladies. Vocals by Eddie with support from the others.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: Better Than Ever; LP: 20 Golden Giggles

Kestrel, The
(Trevor Chance - Colin Radcliffe)

Song about the bird of prey, from the Here We Are Again album. Andrea sings lead vocals, with harmonies from the lads.

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

King Cotton
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lyrics here

One of the Meeks-Radcliffe team's very finest songs, about the rise and fall of industrial Lancashire and its lasting effect on the people and environment. New versions of the song were recorded in 2004 for John Meeks' first solo CD, and in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: King Cotton; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs; CD: Where It All Began

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Lady Lovely Lady
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Love song with John on lead vocals.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Lancashire Lyne, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Humorous song sung in appropriately gormless style by Eddie, about a shy lad and his struggles to attract a lass. With sterling vocal support on the chorus from John and Lynda.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire

Lancashire My Lancashire
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Anthem for God's Own County, recorded live at the Broadoak and originally issued on the band's first live LP, then used as the title track for an LP of Lancashire songs.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire

Land Of Half Past Nine, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The B-side of the band's very first single. A folky arrangement with string backing, it now sounds untypical of The Fivepenny Piece's later material.

single: Running Free

Land Of The Musical Telephone
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Is this a children's nonsense song? Or perhaps this song, with its lyrics reminiscent of the Sgt. Pepper era, represents The Fivepenny Piece in their psychedelic phase! In any case it has a lovely melody in 3/4 time, and is beautifully sung, with vocals mainly by Lynda. In hindsight, perhaps a musical telephone isn't such a strange idea in this age of mobile ringtones!

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

Left-Handed Thread
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Song that seems to be about the troubles of getting up in the morning! Strange lyric, difficult to interpret.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing

Let Me Down Easy
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Pop song with a country tinge, with Lynda on lead vocals and good harmonies from the lads.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Life Is A Game Of Chance
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Title track of the band's first album for Philips, with Lynda on lead vocals. The title says it all...

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Little Boy Little Girl
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The B-side of the band's second single. Not a particularly strong or memorable song, but interesting as it shows the band at an early stage of development. A rather folky arrangement similar to those of the first single, in contrast to the more commercial pop sound of the A-side.

single: Hang The Flag Out Mrs Jones

Liverpool Lullaby
(Stan Kelly)

The most famous song from the pen of the multi-talented Scouser, recorded by many other artists over the years. The poignant lyrics are sung by a mother (here sung by Lynda) to her young scallywag of a son, and tell of her hardships bringing up a family in difficult circumstances.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Long Long Time Has Gone, A
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Yet another song with a lovely melody, sung beautifully with Lynda on lead vocals. And another missed opportunity for EMI to issue a hit single!

LP: Wish You Were Here

Look Into My Eyes
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Tender love song, sung beautifully by Lynda on the band's first LP. Re-recorded by the later incarnation of the band on the Better Than Ever album.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Better Than Ever

Lord Of The Dance
(Sydney Carter)

Song with Christian overtones that has become a folk standard and recorded by just about everyone from Abba to ZZ Top - well, the Houghton Weavers to the Spinners, anyroad. Re-recorded for the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: Better Than Ever, CD: A Special Child

Lou-Lay-Lye
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Minor-key song that opens the Makin' Tracks album - perhaps an unusual choice. Another one with lyrics difficult to interpret.

LP: Makin' Tracks

Lucky Lot, The
(John Meeks, Moirano)

A new song recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

CD: Where It All Began

Lunatic Song
(Trad. arr. The Fivepenny Piece)

Short humorous song on the live LP An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece, with the chorus "Come inside yer silly b*gg*r, come inside!". Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Where It All Began

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Manchester Rambler
(Ewan MacColl)

Salford-born Ewan MacColl's famous and much-recorded song written in the 1930s to support the fight to open up the countryside to ramblers.

CD: Better Than Ever

Mary's Boy Child

Modern Christmas song recorded and released on the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs
(Bryan Burke - Michael Coleman)

Song dedicated to painter L.S. Lowry that was a massive UK chart hit for its composers Bryan & Michael in 1978. Eddie on lead vocals.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Mermaid, The
(Trad.)

Old folk song with a rip-roaring chorus, about seafarers and the mermaid "with a comb and a glass in her hand".

CD: Better Than Ever

Mi Grandfather's Day
(John Meeks - George Radcliffe)

Unusually, Colin's brother George Radcliffe collaborated with John Meeks on this evocative song about an old man telling his grandson how things were in his day. A great song - it's a pity George didn't write a few more like this! A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Mi Gronny
(Samuel Laycock - John Meeks)

Another song based on an old Lancashire dialect poem by Sam Laycock, set to music by John Meeks and sung by Lynda. On the King Cotton album.

LP: King Cotton; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Miners' Life
(John Meeks)

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

CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Minstrel, The
(Alan Bell)

Lovely song from the pen of Fylde folk singer Alan Bell, about a "peddler of songs". Has a wonderful sing-along chorus and always goes down well with audiences. Appeared as a track on one of the group's later albums Better Than Ever.

CD: Better Than Ever

Miss Nightingale
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lovely song with another great vocal performance from Lynda, about a retired schoolteacher held in great esteem by her ex-pupils. There are two recorded versions, one live at the Broadoak and one in the studio.

LP: Telling Tales; LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Miss Prim & Proper
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

From the Life Is A Game Of Chance album, this song about a lass who's changed as she's grown up is sung by John.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Mistaken Identity
(Eddie Crotty)

Lancashire tale written and sung by Eddie about an absent minded old weaver. Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Where It All Began

Molly Kershaw
(Bernard Wrigley)

Love song by the Bolton Bullfrog, sung by Eddie Crotty.

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

Mon Like Thee, A
(Trad. arr. J. Meeks - L. Meeks - E. Crotty - C. Radcliffe - G. Radcliffe)

A favourite old Lancashire folk-song about Lancashire hospitality, recorded by many artists including the Houghton Weavers and the Oldham Tinkers.

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Better Than Ever

Mountain Climber
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Opening track on The Fivepenny Piece's first album, and one of the band's most enduringly popular songs. A rather sad song about an old man who is no longer able to enjoy life as he once did. Lynda on lead vocals with harmony from the band.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Here We Are Again; CD: Here We Are Again; CD: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Camera & Song

My Brudda Sylvest
(Jesse Lasky - Fred Fisher - Sam Stern)

Song originally published in New York in 1908 (with words by Jesse Lasky and music by Fred Fischer), but modified over the years, and credited to Lasky, Fisher (sic) and Stern. Has become a popular club folk song, spawning many variants recorded by many artists including Mike Harding and the Yetties. Concerns a "big strong man" and his exploits. On this occasion George shares vocals with Eddie. A crowd-pleaser if ever there was one!

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage; LP: Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Better Than Ever

My Friend The Mirror
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Song on the Telling Tales  album, sung by Eddie. About a magic mirror that provides its owner with a different face every day, and the consequences...

LP: Telling Tales

My Little Town
(John Meeks)

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

CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

My Morning Friend
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A new song recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

CD: Where It All Began

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Nowt So Queer As Folk
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another song based on an old northern saying, the opening track on the band's second live LP. The audience seem to enjoy singing along with the chorus!

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Old Armchair, The
(Trad.)

A new song released on the 2007 where It All Began album.

CD: Where It All Began

Old Brown Jacket
(John Meeks)

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

CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Old England
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Thought-provoking song at the end of the band's magnificentKing Cotton album, with the line "Will the last to leave Old England please turn out the light". Another song which some might say still has relevance today. This was issued as the B-side of the Watercolour Morning single in 1976.

45 rpm single; LP: King Cotton

Old Tom The Weaver
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

From the Telling Tales album, a sad song about the decline of the textile industry in Lancashire.

LP: Telling Tales

Old Tyrant, The
(John Meeks - Eddie Crotty)

The 'old tyrant' in question is the winter and the bitter weather it brings to the north. This song is a plea for it to be gone. John on lead vocals.

LP: Makin' Tracks

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(J. & L. Meeks - E. Crotty - C. & G. Radcliffe)

Lyrics here

Humorous song to the tune of Villikins and his Dinah (or The Threshing Machine). On the live Fivepenny Piece On Stage album. Credited to the whole group.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage

Onward Onward Soldier
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

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

CD: A Special Child

Our Bill & The Concrete Mixer
(Bernard Wrigley)

Cautionary tale from Bernard Wrigley involving a an open-topped sports car, a concrete mixer, and a chap who suspects his wife of having an affair behind his back. Originally recorded by Bernard himself on the classic 1970 LP Owdham Edge.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again

Our Corner Shop's A Supermarket Now
(John Meeks - Stanley Ashton)

Song firmly in the George Formby tradition, on the album Life Is A Game Of Chance.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Our Dog Fred
(music: John Meeks, words: Colin & George Radcliffe)

On the band's second live album, this tells the strange tale of a dog that walks on water. John on lead vocals.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece On Stage Again

Our Sarah's Getten A Chap
(words: Sam Fitton, music: Eddie Crotty)

Old Lancashire poem by dialect writer Sam Fitton set to music and sung by Eddie Crotty. The singer bemoans the fact that his sister has got herself a new boyfriend, and the whole household has to be on its best behaviour for his visits - even the cat!

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

'Ow Do, 'Ow Are You
(words: Stanley Ashton, music: John Meeks)

Written by Stanley Ashton and set to music by John Meeks, a Lancashire song with some good vocal harmonies from the group.

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

Owd Rimbant
(Eddie Crotty)

Humorous song written and sung on the band's first album by Eddie, about an incredibly mean old weaver.

LP: The Fivepenny Piece


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