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Wurzel Songs - Part 5 (P - S)

The Wurzel Songs pages list in alphabetical order as many of Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' songs as I have been able to find, and gives brief notes about each. This part covers songs beginning with P to S. Obviously there is no substitute for hearing them, but at least this might give readers who have not had that privilege some insight into the West Country humour unique to Scrumpy 'n' Western music.

For some of the songs I haven't been able to make out all the words. I've pinpointed where this is the case in the descriptions below. Also I've never heard some of the songs and don't know the composers of some of them. So if anyone can enlighten me with any of this missing information, or knows of any other songs not in the list, then please Don't Tell 'Ee - Tell I!

Song Title & Composer(s) Notes
Peter Crouch In Lederhosen

The Wurzels teamed up with Bristol GWR FM DJs Bush and Troy jumping on the bandwagon to record a charity World Cup song released to coincide with England's attempt to win the 2006 World Cup.

CD-single (a-side) - with lyrics!

Pheasant Plucker's Son
(Doug Taylor)

Sounds like it might be difficult to sing after a few pints of cider...

LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Pill, Pill
(Adge Cutler)

This is Adge's song about the Pill Ferry, which used to run from Pill in North Somerset across the River Avon to Lamplighters and Shirehampton on the eastern bank. This was a vital line of communication across the river - in the days before the M5 viaduct - which had probably run since medieval times, and was eventually discontinued in 1973 (several years after Adge wrote the song). The ferry has gone but the two pubs mentioned in the chorus (the Duke [of Cornwall] and the Star) are still there. There is a nice article about Pill with pictures of the ferry on the Dorset Rare Books website.

Pill, Pill was recorded at the Royal Oak session in 1966, and included on Adge's first album. The second verse goes:
Take me where it's warm and cosy
Down there with those happy boys
Where the cheeks are red and rosy
Cobblers, hobblers, hobbledehoys
When the stinging winter sleet
Creeps along the riverside and chills your feet
For miles around, you'll 'ear this sound
Comin' down Pill Street

The Wurzels subsequently re-recorded this song for their A Taste of the West album.

EP: Scrumpy & Western; LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: Mendip Magic; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: A Taste of the West; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Poor, Poor Farmer
(Regan)

A tale of woe about the financial hardships faced by farmers released as a single in 1971. I don't know when or where this was recorded.

45 rpm single (a-side); LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978), LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites

Pub With No Beer, A
(Gordon Parsons)

A well-known humorous country song. Adapted by Gordon Parsons from the original poem A Pub Without Beer by Australian Dan Sheahan, the song became a hit single for Australian country singer Slim Dusty in 1957 - and was the biggest-selling record by an Australian at that time. Various other artist have recorded it, some adapting it to suit their audiences - including Johnny Cash, Richard Clayderman, Rolf Harris and Midnight Oil! Adge's 1968 version gives the song a happy ending - who needs beer if the pub still has cider!

LP: Cutler Of The West, CD: Cutler Of The West, LP: Vintage Zider

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Remember Me

The Wurzels re-make of a track by the Brighton-based post-punk indie band British Sea Power. Released as a double a-side limited edition single with BSP performing I Am A Cider Drinker on the other side.

45 rpm single (aa-side)

Rig Jig
(Geoff Betsworth, Tommy Banner, Pete Budd)

An instrumental track on the Eddie Stobart EP, played by Tommy on accordion. Actually a reel, not a jig, but who cares?! Somewhat similar to Tommy's popular Somerset Jigolo, which he still plays at gigs today.

CD-EP I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver

Riley's Cowshed
(Stanley J. Damerell, Robert Hargreaves)

A "bit o' the old gold of the music-hall, or a colour summat like it", on the Carry On Cutler! album.

LP: Carry On Cutler!, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites

Rock Around The A38
(Tommy Banner, Tony Baylis, Pete Budd)

A Wurzels song about the A38, the major trunk road that runs through Somerset connecting the West Country to Bristol and beyond. Now quieter since the M5 was built it is still a trap for unwary drivers with its plethora of tractors trundling along. The song has a great hookline - "Let the cider flow!"

This song appeared on the 2000 CD released of Finest 'Arvest but was dropped from the 2001 re-issue, so if you are looking for this song, make sure you buy the right version! The Wurzels re-recorded the track for their 2004 CD A Taste of the West, and planned to release it on a CD-EP which never saw the light of day.

45 rpm single (b-side); CD-EP Ferry To Glastonbury; LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: A Taste of the West; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Rock DJ
(Williams, Chambers, Andrews, Pigford, Paris)

A re-make of the Robbie Williams hit single, all Wurzelled up, and released on their Never Mind The Bullocks album.

CD: Never Mind The Bullocks - 'Ere's The Wurzels

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Sally-Army Teacher
(Doug Taylor)

About a Salvation Army lady and the effect she has on the lads... ooerr!

LP: Give Me England!, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker

Saturday Night At The Crown
(Joe Henderson, Bob Barratt)

A pub singalong song on the Carry On Cutler! album. Previously recorded in 1968 by the impressionist and comedian Mike Yarwood - both his and Adge's versions were produced by Bob Barratt, who co-wrote the song.

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: Carry On Cutler!, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

School Days, Young Days
(Sammy King)

Issued as a Wurzels album track on Golden Delicious, this song features an attractive-voiced young lady, presumably Sue Martine who is credited on the album.

LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Shepton Mallet Matador, The
(Adge Cutler)

A tales about what happened to Jacko when he got back from his holidays in sunny Spain. According to the lyrics, the song Jacko is serenading the farmer's wife with is Cielito Lindo, as recorded by Acker Bilk. The Shepton Mallet Matador was originally recorded live at the Royal Oak in 1967 for the Family Album.

The Wurzels re-recorded it in 1975, and even did a promotional video to accompany it featuring the band dressed at matadors dancing around the Shepton Mallet Market Cross. The Wurzels then re-recorded the track again for their 2004 CD A Taste of the West, and planned to release it on a CD-EP which never saw the light of day.

CD-EP Ferry To Glastonbury; LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites, LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: A Taste of the West; CD: Top Of The Crops; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Sheriff Of Midsomer Norton
(Dwayne Detroit)

A real Western song (with cowboys and indians) written by the mysterious Dwayne Detroit. Sounds like a non-de-plume to I! Does anyone know who he is?

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

Short Time Livin'
(H. Spiro, A. King)

Issued as a track on the Golden Delicious album. Song about making hay while the sun shines.

LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels

Shovel It Here
(Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner)

Issued on the b-side of Coughin' Song single released in 1982. I'll only give you one guess as to what "it" is!

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: Freshly Cut

Sniff Up Thy Snuff
(John Macey)

On Adge Cutler's Family Album, Adge offered the other band members a chance to bring their own songs to the table. This is a John Macey composition (he also co-wrote Drunk Again on the same album). The chorus runs:
"Sniff, sniff, sniff up thy snuff,
There's a mine down in Yatton got tons of the stuff
".

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

Somerset Born And Proud
(Pete Budd)

Pete Budd wrote and sang this on the Combine Harvester album. As the title says, it's a homage to Pete's native county - and remains in the band's live set today.

LP: The Combine Harvester, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels

Somerset Jigolo
(Tommy Banner)

On the album Never Get A Scrumpy Here. An instrumental played on the accordion by Tommy Banner - and before anyone complains, the title's spelling is deliberate! Tommy still includes a similar instrumental medley in the stage act.

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: Mendip Magic, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Live; video: The Wurzels Live; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Somerset Space Race, The
(Adge Cutler)

Written in 1967, two years before the moon landing, Adge penned this tale about Somerset's entry into the space race. The chorus is:
Somerset's joined in the space race
We'm all reachin' out fer the stars,
A cow can calve or bust,
Wwe'm gonna get thur fust
We'm off, off to Venus and Mars

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

Sousaphone Sam
(Bentley, Orchard, Shaw)

On the 1977 Wurzels album Give Me England! about a bloke who "wants to be one of the band".

LP: Give Me England!, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker

Speedy Gonzales
(Buddy Kaye, David Hill, Ethel Lee; new lyric by The Wurzels)

This is a parody of the 1962 Pat Boone hit single of the same name. The band 'wurzelled-up' the song for their 1975 The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album, changing the words to give it a West Country feel. This shows a new direction for the band, something which would be more evident on the subsequent 1976 Combine Harvester album, and would give rise to their massive chart successes.

The Wurzels recorded two different versions of this song for different albums - each with different lyrics; the latter also being the b-side to the Give Me England! single release.

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: Give Me England!, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Springtime
(Banner, Baylis, Budd, De Sylva)

Issued as the b-side to Farmer Bill's Cowman, but only on compilation albums. This is a lively song celebrating spring that Pete Budd tells me it was recorded for an Esther Rantzen TV show (presumably That's Life).

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Super Rooster LP: Freshly Cut
Sunny Weston-Super-Mare
(Tom Hammaerle, Pete Budd)

Issued on a single as a homage to the Somerset seaside resort. The b-side was an instrumental version of the same song. The Wurzels subsequently re-recorded this song for their A Taste of the West album.

45 rpm single (a-side); CD: A Taste of the West

Sweet Violets
(Cy Coben, Charles Grean)

This song appeared on the second Adge Cutler album, recorded at the Royal Oak in Nailsea. Has an interesting structure, where the word at the end of each line is "oversung" by the first word of the next line - if you see what I mean!

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

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