Barnsley Anthem

 
Performed by:
Ray Padgett
Recorded in:
Barnsley
Recorded on:
26/11/2006
Recorded by:
Ray Padgett
Genre:
Domestic
Keywords:
Dialect,
Poverty
 

Archival information

TYG:
69
Key:
E mix
Time Signature:
3/4-2/4
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
Barnsley Anthem
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
We’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders,
We’ve used all us coil up and we’re reight dahn to t’ cinders;
If bum-bailiff comes ’e’ll never finnd us,
Cos we’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders.

2
We’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders,
Door-’oil’s wide oppen as it’s oft bin afooer;
Fire-’oil it’s nearly reight chock full o’ cinders,
An t’ wife she’s aht callin’ wi’ t’ neighbour next dooer,
Cos we’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders.

3
We’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders,
Door-’oil’s blocked up wi’ ashes an’ cinders;
When t’ chap comes for t’ rent, will ’e be able to finnd us?
Ma comes wi’ t’ rollin’ pin, Pa wi’ t’ berlinders,
When we’re all dahn in t’ cellar-’oil where muck slarts on t’ winders.

winders = windows
bum-bailiff = court official empowered to seek entry and remove goods
’oil/coil = hole/coal
slarts = dashes
callin’ (to rhyme with Stalin) = gossiping
berlinders = bellows

Tune is Ach du liebe Augustin much used in Britain for children’s and bawdy songs.