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Wurzel Songs - Part 3 (G - J)

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 G to J. 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
Give Me England!
(Bob Barratt, Ed Welch)

This was the theme song from the film Confessions from a Holiday Camp and extols the virtues of taking your holidays in England rather than France, Spain, Italy... Sadly the film (starting Robin Askwith) was so much of a flop that the follow-up was cancelled. As a single release, it failed to chart.

45 rpm single (a-side); LP: Give Me England!, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: Top Of The Crops

Good Old Somerset
(Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, D. Wright)

Another homage to The Wurzels' home territory released as a track on the Golden Delicious album, and is the only song ever to have been co-written by the band's studio drummer Dougie Wright.

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. On different releases this is also spelt Good Ol Somerset and Good Ole Somerset.

CD-EP Ferry To Glastonbury; LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: A Taste of the West; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Gotta Have Tenderness
(Mitchell Torok, Ronnie Redd)

Issued by The Wurzels as a track on The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album. It's a C&W (as opposed to S&W) song - also recorded by Glenn Campbell.

LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker

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Haggis Farewell
(Tommy Banner)

An interesting song written by Tommy Banner, sung and arranged in the style of Tommy's birthplace in the extreme north of Somerset (Penicuik, near Edinburgh!). In the song Tommy reminisces about his early days down in Somerset when he came down expecting to join a pop group in 1967, only to find he had to dress up in Wurzel gear as one of Adge's backing band, drink scrumpy and learn the local lingo.

LP: Give Me England; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Hark At 'Ee, Jacko
(Adge Cutler)

An Adge Cutler song about a teller of tall tales in the pub; based on a bloke called "Old Dan'l Windell" - anyone know anything about him?

EP: Scrumpy & Western; LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Harvest Of Love, The
(Benny Hill, Mark Anthony)

Written by English comedian Benny Hill and Mark Anthony (a pseudonym used by the famous British songwriter/musician Tony Hatch), this song was a UK top twenty hit for Benny in 1963. Adge's version is fairly similar, and to be honest, not really an improvement on the original - but the song suits Adge down to the slurry and might have been written for him.

LP: Carry On Cutler!

Hey, Come With Me
(Tony Baylis)

Sloppy - sorry, sentimental - song written and sung by Gaffer Baylis, about the West Country.

LP: Give Me England

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I Am A Cider Drinker
(Hans Bouwens; new lyrics by The Wurzels)

A parody of the pop song Una Paloma Blanca (a hit for Jonathon King) - this was The Wurzels' follow-up to Combine Harvester and their second biggest hit to date, reaching #3 in the British pop charts. Still a favourite at Wurzels gigs, it has become almost as much of a scrumpy-drinking anthem as Adge's Drink Up Thy Zider.

The single was also the b-side of the re-isssued Combine Harvester in 1980 and the 2002 single Don't Look Back In Anger. There was also a version of the song performed by British Sea Power on the double a-side single release Remember Me in 2006. A live version of the song appears on Mendip Magic.

The song was remixed and reissued again as I Am A Cider Drinker 2007 with BBC DJ Tony Blackburn on vocals where it charted for a second time. Both versions appears on the The Wurzels Greatest Hits CD.

45 rpm single 1976 (a-side); 45 rpm single 1980 (b-side); 45 rpm single 2006 (aa-side); CD-single 2002 (b-side); CD-EP: I Am A Cider Drinker 2007; LP: Golden Delicious, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits, LP: Mendip Magic; 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

I Couldn't Spell !!**&@&**!!
(Wayne Carson Thompson)

More a country & western song than scrumpy & western. The word "!!**&@&**!!" is pronounced a bit similarly to the sound you get when you strangle a duck. The recording on Carry On Cutler! features a guest appearance by one of Adge's old Pillite mates, Rowley Ansell. The song was originally a US hit for Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs in 1968, and has also been recorded by Fred Wedlock.

LP: Carry On Cutler!

I Got Me Beady Little Eye On Thee
(Pete Budd, Rod Owen)

Sung by Pete Budd, on the b-side of the 1978 I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here single. About an owl in an tall oak tree - catchy song with a sing-along chorus. Lovely job. Rod Owen (who wrote this with Pete) was The Wurzels' musical director at the time.

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 Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001); CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

I Hate JR
(Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, Tony Baylis)

Of course, we all hated JR Ewing, but The Wurzels really hated him! A sort of C&W song about the star of the US TV series Dallas. Issued as a double a-side with I Love JR single on John Miles' label.

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

I Keep Smilin'
(Bob Barratt)

Issued as a track on The Wurzels' Golden Delicious album. Written by their producer Bob Barratt and sung by Tommy Banner. About a bloke who keeps on smilin' no matter what trials and tribulations he suffers - must be the scrumpy that does it!

LP: Golden Delicious, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker

I Love JR
(Ed Welch)

One side of a single (other side being I Hate JR). Wish they'd made their minds up...

45 rpm single (b-side)

I Shot JR
(Ed Welch)

The follow-up single to I Hate/Love JR...I suppose they must have meant it!

45 rpm single (a-side)

I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver
(Jim Andrews, Tim Barker)

Released as the title track of a four-song EP dedicated to the Cumbrian Eddie Stobart haulage company. The title says it all, really - about a bloke who wants to drive a truck for "the finest firm in 'aulage 'istory".

CD-EP I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver

I Wish I Was Back On The Farm
(Roger MacDougal)

This song was originally sung by George Formby in his 1940 film Spare A Copper. Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' version was issued as their third single. It tells the tale of a country lad up in the big city getting caught up in trouble - and the difference in behaviour between the pigeons in town and back on the farm...

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

If You Got Nothin' On Tonight
(Geoff Stephens, Roger Greenaway)

One side of a Wurzels' singles - a sort of Country & Western style song, reminiscent of the Bellamy Brothers' song If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?.

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

I'd Love To Swim In The Zuider Zee
(Stark, Christopher)

This has a good cider-drinking chorus:
I'd love to swim in the Z(u)ider Zee
Breast stroke and dive in the Z(u)ider Zee
Butterfly, backstroke, American crawl -
It don't matter, I can't swim at all!
Full to the gills, with pints, quarts and gills
Of the Z(u)ider Zee!

This was originally released on the compilation album Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee.

LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2000); CD: The Finest 'Arvest of The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler (2001)

I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here
(Ed Welch)

Sad tale of a Somerset man on holiday in France who realises he can't get his home comforts there - such as a hot meat pie, a pint of mild, and worst of all, a pint of scrumpy! Released as a single in 1978.

45 rpm single (a-side); LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, 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

I'm The Captain Of A Dredger
(Adge Cutler, Henry Davies)

Another of Adge Cutler's previously unreleased songs recorded by The Wurzels on their The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album.

The end of the chorus goes:
So let the farmer till the land and the clerk stick to his ledger
Yo Ho Ho an' a grubble griddle-oh! I'm The Captain Of A Dredger
.
I was previously unable to make out the words, but Pete Budd came to the rescue - probably the only person who could have. Thanks Pete!

LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!; CD: The Wurzels Collection

In The Haymaking Time
(Adge Cutler)

One of Adge Cutler's few sloppy and sentimental (I mean, 'romantic') songs, about a lost love...

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

It Wasn't Me
(Burrell, Ducent, Pizzonia, Thompson, Allen, Briown, Dickerson, Jordan, Miller, Oskar, Scott)

A re-make of the Shaggy featuring Ricardo 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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Jubilee Day, The
(Banner, Baylis, Budd, de Sylva)

Issued on the 1977 album Give Me England!, this relates to Her Majesty the Queen's Silver Jubilee of that year.

LP: Give Me England

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