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Wurzel Songs - Part 4 (K - O)

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 K to O. 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
Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny
(Alex Glasgow)

Written by Geordie folk singer Alex Glasgow (perhaps best known for singing the theme tune to the 1970s UK BBC TV drama When The Boat Comes In), it warns young maidens of the evils that might befall them if they don't do what the title suggests... Sung by Tommy Banner, The Wurzels still perform this on stage today.

LP: The Combine Harvester, LP: Mendip Magic, 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)

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Let There Not Be Light
(Kevin Sheldon, Adrian Beecham)

Song about the time the locals were up in arms when the authorities decided to install a light in the bus shelter - it was felt that this would inhibit their activities while waiting for the bus...

LP: The Combine Harvester; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Little Darlin'
(Maurice Williams)

Little Darlin' was released on CBS in 1972 as single credited to Adge Cutler and The Wurzels, but this is a bit of an oddity. Apart from a Benny Hill-style spoken bit in the middle, it doesn't sound like Adge and The Wurzels at all. The song is a very un-Wurzelish song and is the old 1957 hit by the US group The Diamonds, done fairly straight apart from the aforementioned bit by Adge. CBS re-issued the single in 1974 after Adge's death.

The song was written by Maurice Williams who originally recorded it in the US with his group The Gladiolas - he later went on to have a big hit Stay with The Zodiacs in 1960.

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

Little Drop Of Home Made Wine
(Rod Owen, P. Evans)

The b-sider pf the If You Got Nothin' On Tonight single release. A rare song by The Wurzels which proves they don't only drink scrumpy and beer.

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

Look At 'Ee, Lookin' At I
(Adge Cutler, Henry Davies)

An Adge Cutler song recorded by The Wurzels after his 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.

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

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Mabel, Mabel
(Adge Cutler)

In Adge's words "a real love song from the old Arab quarter of Midsomer Norton" - a tale of "passion and pigs".

LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Malt 'N Barley Blues CD: The Wurzels Live; video: The Wurzels Live
Manooer LP: Freshly Cut
Market Gardener, The
(Adge Cutler, Henry Davies)

Another Adge Cutler song recorded by The Wurzels on their debut post-Adge album. Describes what happens when a market gardener takes a young lady into his garden to show her some of his produce... 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.

LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, 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)

Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty), The
(Edrich Siebert)

Another horticultural song, this time about a giant marrow - but chockfull of double entendres in the music-hall tradition. Written in 1952 - when it must have been considered very risque - by the prolific songwriter Edrich Siebert, it was originally called 'The Biggest Blooming Marrow in the World'. Has been recorded or performed by everyone from The Billy Cotton Band to Danny LaRue.

The chorus goes:
Oh, What A Beauty! I've never seen one as big as that before!
Oh, What A Beauty! It must be two foot long, or even more!
It's such a lovely colour, and nice and round and fat,
I never thought a marrow could grow as big as that!
Oh, What A Beauty! I've never seen one as big as that before!

LP: Cutler Of The West, CD: Cutler Of The West, LP: Vintage Zider; CD: Top Of The Crops

Mevagissey
(Pete Budd)

An album track written and sung by Pete Budd in homage to the seaside village of Mevagissey in Cornwall. The Wurzels subsequently re-recorded this song for their A Taste of the West album.

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: A Taste of the West

Middle For Diddle
(Kevin Sheldon, Adrian Beecham)

Song about a darts match and the gamesmanship employed in order to make sure your team wins...

LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Mixer Man's Lament, The
(Adge Cutler)

A song on the first album, about the time when Adge worked on building the power station (I always assumed it was the one at Oldbury, but apparently it was in North Wales - anyone know where?) mixing concrete. An interesting point is that the ganger's name has been overdubbed in the studio by electric guitar, presumably for legal reasons, as it's none too complimentary. Does anyone know the guy's name?

The Wurzels recorded a later version and they use the name "Old Les Stroud" - I don't know if this is the same bloke or not. If anyone knows any details please?

LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: Give Me England

Moonlight On The Malago
(Adge Cutler)

An Adge song singing the praises of "Bristol belles". For those who don't know, the Malago is a small tributary of the River Avon which runs through Bedminster, south of Bristol.

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites

Morning Glory
(Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett)

Written by Guy Fletcher & Doug Flett, who also penned hits for the likes of Cliff Richard, The Hollies, and Elvis Presley. However, as a single it failed to make the UK national charts after The Wurzels' big 70s hits. It has a catchy chorus which was rewritten as One For The Bristol City.

The lads still sing Morning Glory in their live gigs, and 1990s chart heroes Oasis were allegedly so impressed with the lads' version, they named one of their biggest hit albums after it (What's The Story?) Morning Glory. The Wurzels returned the favour when they released the Oasis song Don't Look Back In Anger which had the re-titled (What's The Story? It's One For The) Morning Glory on the b-side (which was the original 1976 single version nevertheless!)

45 rpm single (a-side); CD-single 2002 (b-side); LP: Golden Delicious, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits, 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: The Wurzels Live; video: The Wurzels Live; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Mother Nature Calling
(Tony Baylis, Reg Quantrill)

Issued as the b-side to the 1972 single Little Darlin' which is the only place you will ever find it, as it never arrived on album. As opposed the a-side, Mother Nature Calling is a bit more Wurzelish - even being written by a couple of the lads - and you can clearly hear that it is Adge singing the song.

45 rpm single (b-side)

My Somerset Crumpet Horn
(Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner)

Song about a strange instrument and what happens when a young lady comes around to have a go on it...quite possibly the rudest song The Wurels ever recorded! in fact, The Wurzels recorded this twice - on The Combine Harvester album and later (with the title Somerset Crumpet Horn) as a b-side of the single All Fall Down released in 1986.

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: The Combine Harvester, LP: I Am A Cider Drinker; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection

My Threshing Machine
(adapt. Dwayne Detroit)

This is a version of an old song, sung to a well-known folk tune and tells the sad tale of what happened when Adge took a young lady to show her his pride and joy - his threshing machine - in action, and the resultant mayhem when he let her have a go on it herself... The song was issued as the reverse side of the 1967 All Over Mendip single. I'd also like to know who the mysterious Dwayne Detroit was!

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

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Nellie The Bionic Cow
(Tony Baylis, Pete Budd)

Song about a cow which can provide milk in bottles, cans, etc - and what happened when a pesky government official attempted to take Nellie back to Whitehall...

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

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Oh! Sir Jasper
(adapt. Bob Barratt)

An old rugby song adapted by Bob Barratt, where the first chorus is "Oh Sir Jasper Do Not Touch Me!", and each subsequent chorus omits the last word of the previous one. On the live Cutler Of The West recording, Adge fluffs one of the omissions much to glee of the audience (and one would presume, the band!)

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

One For The Bristol City
(Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett; new lyrics by The Wurzels)

Rewrite of the song Morning Glory and adopted by Bristol City FC as their theme song. This was issued as a single in 1977, and re-issued in 2007 where it charted at #66.

45 rpm single (a-side); CD-single (a-side); LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels Collection

Ooh-Aah Just a Little Bit
(Taubre, Rodway)

A re-make of the Gina G hit single (which came in 7th for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest), all Wurzelled up, and released on their Never Mind The Bullocks album.

CD: Never Mind The Bullocks - 'Ere's The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Oom Pah Pah
(Lionel Bart)

A Wurzelised version of the Lionel Bart song from the stage show and film Oliver!.

LP: Carry On Cutler!, LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978)

Our Village Band
(Tony Baylis)

Catchy tune with a sing-along chorus.

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: The Wurzels Greatest Hits; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

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