Sid Long



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  • The Sloth and the Greed, Pete Morton, from his first album Frivolous Love.
  • The Old Miner, Written by an old miner at Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Collected by John Moreton in the 1960s. Published in Songs of the Midlands (ed. Roy Palmer).
  • Old King Coal, John Kirkpatrick. Written for the documentary play The Dirty Hill produced at the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme.
  • Reynardine, Traditional. The version sung by Bert Lloyd on First Person.
  • A Most Unpleasant Way, Sir, Dave Goulder. Published in January Man and other Songs (1971) : “If like me you enjoy a walk in the rain, then you will understand why I indulge myself with fantasies like this.”
  • Old Horse, Traditional. Reworked by Martin Carthy and recorded on Out of the Cut.
  • She Moved through the Fair, Traditional. Adapted from “Our Wedding Day” by Padraic Colum and published in Irish Country Songs by Herbert Hughes.
  • Back in Durham Gaol, Jes Lowe. Published in Songs of Jez Lowe (1988). Inspired by the old Tommy Armstrong song, “Nae good luck in Durham Gaol”.
  • Down Where the Drunkards Roll, Richard Thompson. Recorded on I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight.
  • Searching for Lambs, Traditional. Sung by Mrs Sweet at Somerton, Somerset on 16 Aug 1907. Collected by Cecil Sharp.
  • The Derby Ram, Traditional. Tune: "Poole’s Rambles". Text from various sources; the “nostril” verse comes from a version sung by Mrs Margaret Jack Dodd at Beechgrove Virginia on 25 May 1918 and collected by Cecil Sharp.
  • Song Composed in August, Robert Burns. Tune: "I had a horse, I had nae mair". From The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (ed. James Kinsley). One of Burns’ earliest songs, linked to an association with Peggy Thomson of Kirkoswald, who lived next door to the school where Burns studied in 1775 : she “overset my trigonometry and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.”
  • Gone, Gonna Rise Again, Si Kahn. Found in the magazine New City Songster Vol. 18.
  • Perfumes of Arabia, Maggie Holland. From the album Down to the Bone. “Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” Macbeth
  • Just Like John Barleycorn, Pete Morton. Also from Frivolous Love.
  • Don’t Sit on my Jimmy Shands, Richard Thompson. From the album Rumor and Sigh.




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