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Wurzel Songs - Part 2 (D - F)

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 D to F. 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!

Dead From The Waist Down
(Matthews, Roberts, Jones, Richards, Powell)

A re-make of the Catatonia single, all Wurzelled up, and released on their Never Mind The Bullocks album. The song was planned as a single - entitled Make Love Not War (Dead From The Waist Down) - timing the release to take advantage of the strong anti-war feeling at the time. Events moved too fast, and it was decided that releasing an anti-war single during the week that the war started might backfire, and so the single release was pulled.

CD-single (a-side); CD: Never Mind The Bullocks - 'Ere's The Wurzels

Don Juan Of The West
(Tommy Banner, Tony Baylis, Pete Budd, Ed Welch)

Issued on the b-side of Drunk On A Saturday Night - sung by Tommy Banner.

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Don't Look Back In Anger
(Gallagher)

Following the Oasis tribute to The Wurzels - the smash album (What's The Story?) Morning Glory, named after one of the Wurzels' best loved songs - The Wurzels decided to return the compliment by recording one of Oasis' biggest 1990s hits Don't Look Back In Anger as a tribute to their favourite Manchester band. A straight cover lyrically, but definitely not musically, being performed in The Wurzels' inimitable style, the record reached the UK Top 60 during its first week of release, but surprisingly failed to crack the all-important Top 40 despite plenty of airplay and interest from the media.

This song has rather unlikely found its way into The Wurzels live set as part of their encore - with a little help from backing tapes; still, it always goes down well!

CD-single (a-side); CD: Never Mind The Bullocks - 'Ere's The Wurzels; CD: Top Of The Crops; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee
(Kevin Sheldon, Trevor Crozier)

Although not written by him, this song seems to sum up the Adge Cutler laid-back attitude to life, and is a song forever be associated with Adge, even though others have sung it. This was the band's fifth single on the Columbia label, issued in 1968 but not available on album until the 1974 compilation of the same name. A different live version was recorded by The Wurzels on their 1975 Wurzels Are Scrumptious LP. Anyone know when or where the original single 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, LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: Top Of The Crops

Dorset Is Beautiful
(adapt. Trevor Crozier)

Adge sang this on his third album to prove he wasn't racially prejudiced. Sung to the folk tune The Nightingale, with lyrics by Tevor Crozier.

LP: Cutler Of The West, CD: Cutler Of The West, Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978), LP: Vintage Zider

Down In Nempnett Thrubwell
(Adge Cutler, Henry Davies)

Another song co-written by Adge and Henry, which The Wurzels recorded live after Adge's death. There is no record of whether Adge ever recorded this song himself, and I suspect that Henry put music to Adge's lyrics after his death.

Nempnett Thrubwell is a sleepy Somerset village with no pubs - in spite of what Pete Budd says on the record! Tommy Banner sings the lead on this slow, restful number. The Wurzels subsequently re-recorded this song for their A Taste of the West album.

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

Down On The Farm
(Ian Whitcomb)

Written by singer/songwriter Ian Whitcomb, who also recorded it himself on a later album and single.

LP: Carry On Cutler!

Down Our Street
(Sammy King)

A nostalgic song about childhood, sung as a duet by Tommy Banner and Gaffer Baylis.

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker

Drink, Drink Yer Zider Up
(Roger Greenaway, H. Barter, R. Barter)

The title sounds familiar, somehow...! This song was released on the Golden Delicious album and features a wobble-board accompaniment by some bloke Pete and Tommy told me about, but whose name I've forgotten... I don't think 'twere Rolf Harris though!

This song appeared on the 2001 re-issue CD of Finest 'Arvest but not the original 2000 version, so if you are looking for this song, make sure you buy the right version!

LP: Golden Delicious; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Drink Up Thy Zider
(Adge Cutler)

This song that started it all - written by Adge Cutler and in his words "the National Anthem of North Zummerzet". According to the sleeve notes on Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites, Adge 'wrote Drink Up Thy Zider about 1958 and the song just spread'. It was also Adge Cutler's (as opposed to The Wurzels) greatest hit, being a huge regional hit in the West Country and even reaching no. 45 in the British singles charts in February 1967, receiving much airplay on the BBC. The song has been adopted as a theme song by Bristol City FC fans, and they still sing Drink Up Thy Zider after a home win.

A hymn of praise to Zummerzet's greatest product, the song has become a standard among scrumpy lovers and is still sung wherever two or more cider drinkers are gathered together. As an example for those who haven't heard it, the second verse goes:
Drink Up Thy Cider George, thee bissn't goin' far
Drink Up Thy Zider George, thee's gettin' quite a star
There's dung oe'r all thy taters
An' 'alfway up thy gaiters
An' there's still more zider in the jar.

The original recording of the song was recorded as part of the legendary session at the Royal Oak, Nailsea, on 2nd November 1966, from which Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' first album was taken. This was the one issued as a single, which got into the UK charts. It was re-issued the single in 1974 after Adge's death.

A second version was made by Adge & the lads on the Carry On Cutler! album - this is the cut that appears on most of their compilation CDs. An even later recording was made by The Wurzels in 1975 for their The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album, and a different live version also appears on Mendip Magic. A live version of the single formed the b-side to the 2001 Christmas single Come On Santa! and One For The Bristol City 2007 (no idea where either were recorded - if indeed they were different versions!)

On the Cutler Of The West and Carry On Cutler! albums (as well as the Don't Tell I Tell 'Ee compilations), it is the Webbington Country Club house band who play Drink Up Thy Zider to welcome The Wurzels on and off stage (so don't be fooled by the track listing!).

In addition there is a Disco Version (!), which was much sought after by collectors before its inclusion on the The Wurzels Greatest Hits and The Wurzels albums, and The Wurzels Collection CD.

45 rpm single (a-side); EP: Scrumpy & Western; CD-single 2001 (b-side); CD-single 2007 (a-side); LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: Cutler Of The West, CD: Cutler Of The West, LP: Carry On Cutler!, 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, LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits, LP: Mendip Magic, LP: Vintage Zider, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: The Wurzels Live; video: The Wurzels Live; CD: Top Of The Crops; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Drinking Man's Life, A
(Tony Baylis)

Gaffer Baylis's song about the trials and tribulations of being an alcoholic. The only cure is more scrumpy...

LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!

Drunk Again
(John Macey, Reg Quantrill)

The only composition by this songwriting team recorded by the band (to my knowledge anyway). A subject dear to the heart of Adge and the lads.

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

Drunk On A Saturday Night
(Pam & Chic Warner)

Another drinking song with a good old singalong chorus. This was recorded for the 1978 Never Get A Scrumpy Here album, and released as a single in 1980.

45 rpm single (a-side); LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001)

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Easton-In-Gordano
(Adge Cutler)

This was the opening song on Adge Cutler's second album, and is Adge's homage to the village of Easton-in-Gordano in North Somerset (now best known as a motorway service station!). It was recorded live at the Royal Oak, Nailsea, in 1967, and became the b-side of the band's third single release.

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

End of My Old Cigar, The (William Crump)

A music hall classic written by William Crump, better known as the famous British music hall composer and star Harry Champion. Never recorded by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, this song was part of the band's live set when they played on Folk 73 at the BBC.

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Faggots Is The Stuff
(Adge Cutler)

The song is a hymn of praise to this gourmet's delight, and tells of its health giving properties and the various historical characters who owed their success to it. For the benefit of those people already sniggering at the back, a faggot is a kind of meatball, a traditional dish in the UK, especially the South West of England, Wales, and the Black Country (and definitely not a bit of firewood or whatever else you thought it was); see the Wikipedia entry for faggots.

This song was written by Adge for a series of (radio?) commercials in 1967 for Mr Brain's Faggots which was (and still is) the best-known commercial brand of faggot. The company was based in Bristol (founder Herbert Hill Brain was Bristol born and bred), and owned by Irish company Hibernia when Adge wrote the song. The company closed it's Bristol factory in 2003, and went into receivership later the same year. Mr Brain's Faggots are now made in Hartlepool!

Issued on the B-side of the single Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee in 1968, I think it was probably recorded at the same session as the Cutler of the West album at the Webbington Country Club - can anyone confirm this?

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978)

Farmer Bill's Cowman
(Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook; special lyric: Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, Tony Baylis, Bob Barratt)

Another Wurzels' parody, this was based on the 1967 UK instrumental hit I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman by Whistling Jack Smith. The Wurzels' version reached #32 in the UK singles charts in June 1977, and was their last top 40 single (to date!).

45 rpm single (a-side); LP: Give Me England!, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: Top Of The Crops; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Farmer Jonesie's Travellin' Disco Show
(Moody)

Tommy Banner and Pete Budd tell me this was originally a poem that someone (Mr Moody?) sent in to The Wurzels. They liked it and set it to music. It's about a farmer who runs a disco in his spare time - 'course, all they varmers got plen'ay o' that, en'm?!

LP: Give Me England!, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Feed The Wurzels: Bristolian Band Aid
(Geldorf, Ure)

Charity single release featuring GWR FM DJs Bush and Troy, The Wurzels and various other local celebrities singing the Live Aid song Feed The World.

CD-single (a-side)

Ferry To Glastonbury
(Adge Cutler, Colin Thomas)

One of Adge's few restful songs - in his words "a bit of a jog-along number". Bob Barratt describes it as "the answer to Glastonbury's traffic problem" (not that Glastonbury has a traffic problem!).

Originally recorded live for the Carry On Cutler! album - and released as a single in 1969, a later studio version was recorded by The Wurzels for their Never Get A Scrumpy Here album. The Wurzels then 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 (a-side); CD-EP Ferry To Glastonbury; CD-EP: I Am A Cider Drinker 2007; LP: Carry On Cutler!, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites, LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: A Taste of the West; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Five Foot Flirt
(Cyril Tawney)

Humorous song written by well-known Devon folk singer Cyril Tawney.

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

Folk Song
(Ted Dicks, Myles Rudge)

A song about a plan to purchase a double bed, written by Ted Dicks & Myles Rudge who also wrote the hits Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred for Bernard Cribbins - who also recorded the original version of this song.

LP: Carry On Cutler!

Forget-Me-Not LP: Freshly Cut
Forty And Bone Dry
(Geoff Betsworth)

A country & western style track released on the Eddie Stobart EP.

CD-EP I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver

Freak-Out In Somerset
(New words & music adapt. Bob Barratt)

A Bob Barrett adaptation of the well-known rugby song Four & Twenty Virgins, this describes the dubious goings on at a freak-out where the participants have been indulging in too much of that Sixties hallucinogenic substance, scrumpy!

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album

Funky Farmyard
(Tony Baylis)

"Everybody's havin' fun, down by the chicken run" in The Wurzels' funky farmyard. Has a good "Ooh Arr!" type chorus. This was the b-side of The Tractor Song.

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

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