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The Fivepenny Piece Songs T-Z

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

Tadpoles In A Jam Jar
(John Meeks)

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

CD: Just Me And Some Of Mi Songs

Take Me With You
(Dominic Bugatti - Frank Musker)

Pop song from the writing team who penned hits for Sheena Easton (Modern Girl), Chaka Khan and other artists.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece

Teacher, The
(words: Nick Brackin, music: John Meeks)

Tale of the posh-speaking new teacher (played by Lynda) at a Lancashire school, trying to teach the childer to speighk proper! I don't know who the lyricist Nick Brackin is.

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

Tell Us It Ain't So
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Gospel-tinged song written for the TV Programme Get The Drift. A group harmony effort.

LP: On Stage

There's A Great Deal Of Difference
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Issued as a single and on the band's first LP, this medium paced song has a brass-led accompaniment. Although it's pleasant to listen to, it was perhaps not the best choice for a single.

single: There's A Great Deal Of Difference; LP: The Fivepenny Piece

They Tell Us Owt
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe - Eddie Crotty)

One of the band's best-remembered songs, bemoaning the state of everything including rising prices, lower quality food, and what would now be called government 'spin' (sound familiar?). In spite of this it's a light-hearted song with plenty of Lancashire humour, typical of the band's best material.

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

Time Is Now, The
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Catchy, medium-paced song with mainly Lynda on vocals - another one which could be imagined issued as a single, but never was.

LP: Makin' Tracks

Today I Am A Mountain
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another song with slightly odd lyrics. Lynda on lead vocals.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing

Tummeld In
(words: Mary Smith, music: John Meeks)

Spoken tale (by Lynda) of a young lad who comes home in a bit of a state, having fallen somewhere he shouldn't have. I haven't been able to find out anything about the lyricist Mary Smith.

LP: Telling Tales

Tuppence Change
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lovely song on the first album, sung by Lynda with harmonies from the rest of the group, about a poor old man who has apparently been swindled out of his money by heartless businessmen.

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

TV Addict
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Humorous song about someone who watches too much 'telly' for their own good. That probably goes for many of us! Because of the references to 1970s TV shows, it now sounds a bit dated.

LP: King Cotton

Twelfth Of Never, The
(Paul Francis Webster - Jerry Livingston)

Based on the old folk song The Riddle Song, this pop song has been recorded by many artists over the years since its first appearance in 1957. Not typical 5PP material - included on the LP Here We Are Again.

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

Two Soldiers
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Regarded by many as one of the Meeks-Radcliffe partnership's finest songs, with an anti-war message. John sings lead vocals, with Lynda and Eddie joining in on the chorus. Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: Wish You Were Here; LP: This Is Fivepenny Piece; CD: Where It All Began

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Union Silver
(Mike Shepstone - Mario Capuano)

Lovely song on the band's 'pop' album Peddlers of Songs.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Up North
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

Anthem celebrating the North and all it stands for, and a bit of a dig at the South!

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Water Is Wide, The
(Trad.)

Beautiful folk song so well known it probably doesn't need much description here, recorded by many artists over the years.

CD: Better Than Ever

Watercolour Morning
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lyrics here

A bright and cheerful song celebrating love and life, inspired by Colin's love of painting. Issued as a single but sadly didn't get anywhere chart-wise. Nevertheless, it remains one of the group's most enduringly popular numbers.

single: Watercolour Morning ; LP: King Cotton; LP: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: This Is The Fivepenny Piece; CD: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Hit Kaleidoscope; CD: Best Folk Album

Watering Can
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A catchy children's song with a singalong chorus, popular with Fivepenny Piece fans.

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

Waterloo Silent Band
(Colin & George Radcliffe, Trevor Chance)

The band in question doesn't spend a lot of time practicing on their instruments! Eddie on lead vocals.

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

Weightwatchers
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Another song about slimming, in the same mould as Dieting.

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

Well I Tell Thee Dick
(Mike Lyddiard)

From the pen of Lancashire folk singer Mike Lyddiard, this humorous song is about a young lad telling his pal about his newly arrived baby sister.

LP: Wish You Were Here

What A Splendid Character
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Strange song with unfathomable words, seemingly about a tree. Not sure what to make of this one! John on lead vocals.

LP: Songs We Like To Sing

What Can You Do When Your Clogs Let In Water?
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

Another humorous song by the King of 'Lanky' and the Bolton Bullfrog, this time about the perils of leaky footwear.

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

When Granny Sang Me Songs
(Dave Dutton - Bernard Wrigley)

Nostalgic song harking back to childhood, again from Dave Dutton and Bernard Wrigley. Lynda sings lead.

LP: Life Is A Game Of Chance

Where There's Muck There's Brass
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The famous northern saying forms a title for this Meeks-Radcliffe song - one of the band's best known songs, originally on the King Cotton album and re-recorded on the later CD Better Than Ever.

LP: King Cotton; LP: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; LP: Lancashire My Lancashire; CD: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Better Than Ever

While Children Sleep
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

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

CD: A Special Child

Who's To Blame?
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lynda sings lead vocals on this song which has echoes of the 1960s in the arrangement, featuring some great bass playing by George.

LP: Wish You Were Here

Wild Rover
(Trad.)

The well-known Irish folk song, sung in folk clubs everywhere during the 1960s and '70s, and maybe even today.

CD: Better Than Ever

Willie Pollard
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

One of the relatively few self-penned numbers on the Peddlers Of Songs album, this one has Lynda on lead vocals.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs

Wine Women & Song
(Trevor Chance, R. Turner)

A bit more wine than women or song seems to be the rule here! Rowdy vocals from Trevor, Eddie and George.

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

Winter Sun
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Pleasant country-tinged song sung by Lynda on the album Makin' Tracks.

LP: Makin' Tracks; CD: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece

Wish You Were Here
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

The group's homage to the king of seaside resorts Blackpool, with its sands, bingo, chips and beer. Humorous album title track with a great sing-a-long chorus. Re-recorded in 2007 for the It All Began album.

LP: Wish You Were Here; LP: The Very Best Of The Fivepenny Piece; CD: Where It All Began

Write Me A Song
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

Lynda sings lead vocals on this pop-oriented song.

LP: Telling Tales

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Song Title & Composer(s)

Track info / Notes

Yellow Faded Pages
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

John is the singer on this thoughtful song looking back to the singer's own youth.

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

You Had Been This Way Before
(John Meeks - Colin Radcliffe)

A ballad about being crossed in love, sung by Lynda.

LP: Both Sides Of The Fivepenny Piece

Your Song
(John Meeks)

Not the Elton John song, but a love song written as a solo effort by John, who sings it too. The arrangement is reminiscent of Fred Neil's Everybody's Talkin'.

LP: Peddlers Of Songs


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