The Queen of the Midlands Rolls On

Dad’s been busy writing another River Trent song. It’s a historical journey along the River Trent. He hasn’t done a recording of it yet that he’s happy with (tireless on your behalf, dear readers, I shall keep nagging him). But here’s the lyrics:-

From Biddulph in Staffordshire she traces her birth
And through her long history men knew of her worth
The Celts and the Romans are long lost and gone
But the Queen of the Midlands rolls on, rolls on.
Yes the Queen of the Midlands rolls on.

Our first call is Burslem of potteries fame.
Birthplace of fine Wedgewood that still bears his name.
They shipped it all over. It sold by the ton.
While the Queen of the Midlands rolled on, rolled on; yes the Queen…….

Let’s pause now at Burton the home of good beer
The best ale in England from all that I hear.
They also make Marmite, so tasty and strong.
As the Queen of the Midlands rolls on, rolls on; yes the Queen…….

When she flows through Nottingham fine tales she might tell,
Concerning bold Mortimer and fair Isabelle.
He murdered the husband, but died by the son,
While the Queen of the Midlands rolled on, rolled on; yes the Queen…….

At Newark a castle stands, where she wandered past,
As a great one of England was breathing his last.
They say that twas peaches killed greedy King John
As the Queen of the Midlands rolled on, rolled on; yes the Queen…….

And so then to Gainsborough where Great Canute tried
With vain exhortations to turn back the tide.
They thought him so special but she proved them wrong
For the Queen of the Midlands rolled on, rolled on; yes the Queen…….

So Gentles you’ve listened to my Tales of the Trent.
If they’ve entertained you my time was well spent.
I’ll bid you farewell now and finish my song
While the Queen of the Midlands rolls on, rolls on,
Yes the Queen of the Midlands rolls on.

© 2012 Dave Collins, Nottingham UK

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4 thoughts on “The Queen of the Midlands Rolls On

  1. Pingback: Tales of the Trent, a song « Tales from the River

  2. David Wrench

    lovely well crafted song , I am facinated by a voyage by water down Trent since early this year from source to Spurn Point & Grimsby . i will promote it to the members of our Full English traditional music session at the Packhorse Inn, Longport , Stoke on Trent, Monday nights. ST4 4NA bridge 126 Trent and Mersey Canal. Great lakeside rural mooring for 12 boats 500m from pub at Westport Lake Environmental Centre run by Staffordshirr Wildlife Trust.

  3. Thanks David. I kind of take for granted that Dad is such a good songwriter and singer, cos I grew up with it. But he really is very good.
    It’s a shame we didn’t know about your trad music night earlier and we could have arranged to come along to that. But do come along to the event on Sunday night at Staffs Uni – all welcome! It’s at their Science Centre, ST4 2DF, at 7pm.
    Your journey down the Trent sounds great. Have you read Tom Fort’s book on journeying down the Trent by punt and boat? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Downstream-Across-England-Tom-Fort/dp/184605169X

    • David Wrench

      Thanks for the info link re waterborne journey down the Trent.done previously by Tom Fort. Will catch your events. David

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