Michael Rosen: Great Eastern Railway Excursions

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A POEM OR SONG OR CHANT

THAT CELEBRATES THE TWO GREAT DAY TRIPS

ARRANGED BY THE GREAT EASTERN RAILWAY

IN 1868 AND 1876

TAKEN FROM THE POSTERS OF THE TIME

Poem by Michael Rosen

Commissioned by HistoryWorks

For ‘Creating My Cambridge’ S106 Project

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Chorus 1: The DAY exCURSion to LONdon and BACK

Chorus 2: The day excursion to London and back

Chorus 1: FOResters FETE at the CRYstal PALace

Chorus 2: Foresters Fete at the Crystal Palace

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo [a mix of delight and the whistle of an engine]

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt [a mix of breathing out and the sound of an engine giving off steam.]

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Chorus 1: AUGust EIGHTeen SIXty-EIGHT

Chorus 2: August eighteen sixty-eight

Chorus 1: STARTing in CAMbridge at SIX-fifTEEN

Chorus 2: Starting in Cambridge at six-fifteen

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

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Chorus 1: STOPping at WHITTlesford, SAFFron WALden

STANsted NEXT, then BISHop’s STORTford.

Chorus 2: SAWbridgeWORTH and then it’s HARlow

ArrRIVing in LONdon at NINE o’CLOCK.

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

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Chorus 1: A SPEcial CHEAP ExCURsion TRAIN

Chorus 2: To WALton-ON-the NAZE and BACK

Chorus 1: AUGust EIGHTeen SEVenty SIX

Chorus 2: August eighteen seventy-six

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

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Chorus 1: EARly START at TWENty past SIX.

Chorus 2: CAMbridge, SHELford, NEXT stop LINton

Chorus 1: SAFfron WALden, BARTlow, HAVerhill

Chorus 2: NEXT stop CLARE, and THEN it’s MELford

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

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Chorus 1: ArRIVing at WALton at NINE forty FIVE

Chorus 2: GREAT Eastern RAILway’s DAY at the SEAside

Chorus 1:The WHOLE round TRIP will COST you 3 BOB

Chorus 2: “No LUGGage allOWED”; “No LUGGage allOWED”

Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo

Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

Jun 12, 03:08 PM
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