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The Fivepenny Piece Songs P-S

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

Paddle Your Own Canoe
(Colin Radcliffe - George Radcliffe)

A rare collaboration between the brothers Radcliffe, this is a bright, catchy song which the band sang on TV during the 1970s. It's a shame George and Colin didn't write a few more together!

LP: Telling Tales

Paint A Perfect Christmas
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

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

CD: A Special Child

Pal Of My Cradle Days
(Al Piantadosi - Marshall Montgomery)

Sentimental 1925 song dedicated to the writer's mother. For some reason, particularly popular among Irish female vocalists.

CD: Better Than Ever

Parrot, The
(Nick Brackin)

Humorous monologue credited on the album to Nick Brackin, but elsewhere credited to Bill Froggatt. Very similar story to the old Stanley Holloway monologue Sam's Parrot, written in 1934 by VF Stevens and Lauri Bowen.

LP: On Stage Again

Passing Of Today, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Slightly melancholy minor-key song, sung beautifully by Lynda and John. A recurring theme in Meeks-Radcliffe songs is regret at the passing of time, and how short our lives are - this is one of those songs.

LP: Makin' Tracks

Peddlers Of Songs
(Stanley Ashton - John Meeks)

Title track of the album, with a lyric reminiscent of Alan Bell's The Minstrel.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Pendulum
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another song about how quickly time flies and how short a time we have to live. Lynda on lead vocals, with harmonies from the others, sung to the rhythm of a pendulum clock, gathering pace at the end.

LP: Wish You Were Here

People Said
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Catchy song with a whistled introduction, sung by Lynda. The song is about how little each of us knows, even after a lifetime of learning.

LP: King Cotton

People Tree, The
(Leslie Bricusse - Anthony Newley)

Song from the musical The Good Old, Bad Old Days, also recorded by its writer Anthony Newley. A somewhat unusual choice of material for the Fivepenny Piece, this was released as a single but never appeared on any album. Lynda was the lead vocalist.

single: The People Tree

Pete Was A Lonely Mongrel Dog Who Lived In Central Wigan
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A children's song with the longest title of any Fivepenny Piece song, about the eponymous dog's adventures when he runs away to join the forces.

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

Piddling Pete (Riders In The Sky)
(Stan Jones)

Humorous parody by the music hall artist Leslie Sarony about a dog with prodigious piddling powers! Sung to the tune of Stan Jones' 1949 western song Ghost Riders In The Sky. It's not known whether Piddling Pete and the "lonely mongrel dog from central Wigan" are one and the same!

LP: On Stage Again

Polar Bear
(Nick Brackin)

Yet another of Nick Brackin's humorous items, about a young polar bear questioning his parents.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Put Wood In Th'Ole
(music: J. Meeks, words: C. & G. Radcliffe)

A duet with Eddie and George playing the part of a wife and husband, respectively, with hilarious results!

LP: On Stage Again

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Rainbows
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Pop (or perhaps even C&W) oriented song, opening track on the album Both Sides Of Fivepenny Piece.

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

Rawtenstall Annual Fair
(Bob Weston - Bert Lee)

Old Lancashire music hall song which is always popular wherever it's sung. In fact it's become a kind of national anthem, not just for folk around the Rawtenstall area (between Rochdale and Blackburn) but for Lanky folk everywhere. Written by the team who composed such well known songs as Knees Up Mother Brown, What I Want Is A Proper Cup Of Coffee, and the First World War song Goodbye-ee. They also wrote some of Stanley Holloway's monologues and songs including Brahn Boots, My Word You Do Look Queer, Beat The Retreat On Thy Drum  and With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm.

CD: Better Than Ever

Reflections Of Emily
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A gentle song with John on lead vocals and some good harmony singing from the others. This song appeared as the B-side to the single A Gradely Prayer released in 1972 and re-issued in 1975.

single: A Gradely Prayer; single: A Gradely Prayer; LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Rembrandt
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Country-tinged song on the Makin' Tracks album, sung by John, about the great painter.

LP: Makin' Tracks

River
(Gosling - Hurdle)

Strong pop song on the Peddlers Of Songs album, with Lynda on lead vocals. Another contender for a single which wasn't to be...

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Royton Sands
(Trad. arr. The Fivepenny Piece)

Old Lancashire song popularised by the Oldham Tinkers, about the legendary "sands" at Royton (near Oldham), with the chorus:
      We kept eatin' parkin,
      We kept eatin' parkin,
      We kept eatin' parkin,
      That's why we are so breawn!

LP: On Stage

Running Free
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

This song was the first ever single by the Fivepenny Piece. Not really typical of the band's later material and perhaps it was a bit too 'folky' to be a mainstream chart hit.

single: Running Free

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Sail Away Tin Soldier Friend
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

One of the group's most popular songs, this evocative number from the King Cotton album is sung beautifully by Lynda and the lads. It concerns the influx of immigrant mill workers and their adoption of the Lancashire way of life in the post-war era. A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

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

Sandstone Castle
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The lyrics of this reflective song were inspired by a castle that Colin saw while on holiday in the Algarve. On the live On Stage album. John on lead vocals.

LP: On Stage

Saturday Cowboys
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

Song from the Lanky Spoken Here! album, about the "Saturday morning rush" when the children would all go to the picture house to see the latest western films. A great performance of the song from the band. A different version was recorded on the live album An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece.
Note: the first issue of the Lanky Spoken Here! (later withdrawn) featured Bernard Wrigley's own version of the song instead of The Fivepenny Piece's - The Fivepenny Piece version was rightly reinstated for the second issue.

LP: Lanky Spoken Here!; LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Lanky Spoken Here (2)

Save Your Last Kiss For Me
(Roger Greenaway - Tony Macaulay)

Strong pop performance with Lynda on lead vocals, of this song written by the two established writers who had notched up many chart hits between them during the 1960s and '70s. Issued on a single with a picture sleeve, showing EMI's commitment to its success, but sadly it came to nought. The track reappeared on the LP This is Fivepenny Piece.

single: Save Your Last Kiss For Me; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Scarlet Ribbons

Recorded for the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

See-Saw Song
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Cheerful nonsense song - a bit of out and out fun, with John and Lynda prominent on vocals.

LP: Makin' Tracks

Seth Davey
(Glyn Hughes)

This popular song, variously known as Seth Davy, Whiskey On A Sunday or Come Day, Go Day, concerns the Liverpool street entertainer with his dancing dolls, who died in the early 1900s. Now a bit of a folk standard.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Sha La La
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Romantic love song with doo-wop style vocal backing, crooned with great tenderness and feeling by George, in a rare demonstration of his balladeering skills.

LP: Wish You Were Here

Silent Night
(Trad. - arr. John Meeks)

Well-loved Christmas Carol arranged by John and recorded for the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

Simon Gavin
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Love song from the band's 'pop' album, with Lynda on vocals.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Sing No More For You My Friends
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Short song used to end a performance - can be heard at the end of the live LP Fivepenny Piece On Stage.

LP: On Stage

Soft Summer Nights
(Trevor Chance)

Romantic song penned by Trevor Chance and sung by Andrea.

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

Sometimes When We Touch
(Dan Hill - Barry Mann)

1978 hit song written and recorded by Dan Hill, and covered by many artists. Not really typical 5PP material, but included on the early 1980s LP Here We Are Again.

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

Songs We Like To Sing
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The catchy title track of the band's third album, with some good vocals from John and Lynda. Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing; CD: Where It All Began

Sowie
(Trevor Chance - Colin Radcliffe)

Trevor sings lead vocals on this atmospheric number.

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

Spanish Holiday
(Peter Christie)

Lyrics here

Humorous song in the Lanky tradition, written by Peter Christie (about whom I know nowt!), which suits the Fivepenny Piece down to the ground and could have been written for them - perhaps it was?

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

Special Child, A
(Colin Radcliffe)

A previously unreleased song with Lynda singing. The song is about 25 years old and has been sung at Christmas concerts over the years, but never recorded until September 2007. Written by Colin Radcliffe, it features John and Lynda on vocals. First released on YouTube.com, it became the title track of the band's 2008 Christmas album.

CD: A Special Child

Stalybridge Market
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Nostalgic song about the old Saturday night market in Stalybridge, where all manner of things could be seen and bought (or stolen!), reminiscent of the old Lancashire poem Eawr Market Neet. A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

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

Stalybridge Station
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Song about the decline of the old railway station at Stalybridge, and a railway system "determined to die", which still seems just as relevant in the 21st century as it was back in the 1970s! A new version of the song was released in 2004 on John Meeks' first solo CD.

LP: Wish You Were Here; LP: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Stalybridge Wakes
(John Meeks - Eddie Crotty)

Jaunty song with Eddie on lead vocals, and a whistled introduction.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire

Stamford Street Lament
(John Meeks - Stanley Ashton)

Melancholy song about the main street in Ashton-under-Lyne - written by another Ashton.

LP: King Cotton

Stories From The Wishing Well
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Children's song with nonsense lyrics - great fun and very singable. A highly popular song from the band's very first album.

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

Straightforward Lancashire Lad
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Song dedicated to that straightforward Lancashire lad Eddie Crotty (from Cheshire!), on the live On Stage album.

LP: On Stage

Streets Of London
(Ralph McTell)

Ralph McTell's world-famous song about down and out society in London, included on the album An Evening With Fivepenny Piece. Vocals are shared between John and Lynda.

LP: An Evening With The Fivepenny Piece

Supposin'
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another pop-oriented song with a very catchy melody, which could easily be imagined hitting the charts had it been issued on a single.

LP: Wish You Were Here


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