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Wurzel Songs - Part 6 (T - Z)

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 T to Z. 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 & 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
Tanglefoot Twitch
(Adge Cutler)

This is Adge Cutler's 1960s dance craze song from the first album session in November 1966.

LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Thee Cassent Kill Cooch
(Adge Cutler)

Excellent song from the first album. The title refers to "cooch" (or "couch") grass, which has a reputation with gardeners as being vernigh impossible to get rid of - the song is about a bloke who never gives up trying to get what he's after.

LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't?
(Adge Cutler)

Song about Flo & Joe and their little motor car which he has trouble manoeuvring in tight spaces. The title, translated from the original Bristolian, means "You are not going to get out of that one very easily". A true Cutler classic!

LP: Cutler Of The West, CD: Cutler Of The West, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites, LP: Vintage Zider

There's A Spider In The Bathtub
(Tony Baylis)

Written and sung - well, spoken really - by Tony Baylis.

LP: Golden Delicious

Tractor Song, The
(Idris & Evan Jones)

Yet another Wurzels parody, this time of the Australian band The Mixtures' Pushbike Song, which reached #2 in the UK in 1971 (The Mixtures' song, that is). Unfortunately The Wurzels' parody version failed to chart, but the guys did get to perform it on Cheggers' Plays Pop! though!

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 Wurzels Collection; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Tremble On
(Roger Cook)

A country 'n' western style song which sounds suspiciously like Johnny Cash.

LP: Give Me England!, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels

Tubthumpin'
(Abbott, Bruce, Greco, Holden, Hamer, Huter, Watts, Whalley)

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

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

Twice Daily
(Adge Cutler)

This Adge Cutler-penned song was originally recorded as part of the session for Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' first album at the Royal Oak, Nailsea on 2nd November 1966. The song was coupled with Drink Up Thy Zider on the band's first single, which reached #45 in the UK singles charts. Although "Zider" was popular in its own right, the record partly owed it success to the fact that Twice Daily was banned from the air by the BBC! As you could have predicted, this only helped to get the record into the charts. The song seems innocuous by today's standards, but its references to pre-marital naughty behaviour leading to pregnancy and a shotgun wedding was deemed too strong for the sensitive public by the prim Auntie Beeb of the 1960s.

A later recording was made by The Wurzels on the 1975 Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album, and a different live version also appears on Mendip Magic. Pete Budd still sings this at Wurzels' gigs, and it's as popular as ever!

45 rpm single (b-side); EP: Scrumpy & Western; LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites, LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!, LP: Mendip Magic; 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

Two Milk Churns
(David McDonagh)

Issued as an album track by The Wurzels, on the Never Get A Scrumpy Here album. An agricultural aria, as Adge might have called it...

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels

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Up The Clump
(Adge Cutler)

Adge's rock 'n' roll number, complete with Tommy Banner's Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano playing and a drummer - a novelty for The Wurzels in those days before they had a regular drummer. Up The Clump was released as a single in 1968.

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

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Verger, The
(Kevin Sheldon, Trevor Crozier)

Another Sheldon/Crozier composition (see Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee) recorded on The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album and sung by Tommy Banner. This ditty is all about the huge range of celebrities (all rather dated now!) who visit the church and sign the visitors' book, curiously always when the verger happens to be absent!

LP: The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!

Virtute Et Industrial
(Adge Cutler)

An Adge Cutler-penned song recorded on the first album. The song takes its title from the motto of the City of Bristol - Virtute Et Industrial; virtue and industry. These refer to the main emblems that are associated with Bristol, the Unicorn and the Ship, both of which feature on the city's coat of arms and which can be seen all over the city.

The Wurzels subsequently re-recorded this song for their A Taste of the West album, although sadly mis-spelling the title as Virtuet Industrial. However, as 'virtuet' can be translated from the Finnish as 'river', that could give the motto as 'industrialised river' - which is probably more accurate than the real motto!

This song is one of four which The Wurzels recorded which mention Bristol City football club in the lyrics. The song was also recorded in 1973 by Fred Wedlock.

LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978); CD: A Taste of the West

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When The Common Market Comes To Stanton Drew
(Adge Cutler)

Another Adge Cutler song from the first Royal Oak session of 1966; this was also the b-sider to Adge's second single The Champion Dung Spreader. This is Adge's vision of what would happen to the Somerset way of life if Britain should enter the European Common Market, an event some years in the future at the time. Some of his predictions have come true, others not... yet.

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

45 rpm single (b-side); LP: Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, LP: The Very Best Of Adge Cutler, LP: Adge Cutler's Cider Drinking Favourites; CD: The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels; CD: A Taste of the West; CD: The Wurzels Greatest Hits

Who Needs Summer?
(Ed Welch)

A soppy romantic song with plenty of harmonies. This was part of the band's live set prior to Adge's death, but never recorded until the 1975 Wurzels Are Scrumptious album. The song was part of the Adge Cutler & The Wurzels live set on their appearance on Folk 73 on the BBC.

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

Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)?
(Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin)

This song was co-written and originally recorded by American singer Barry Mann in 1961 - Barry's version was a US Top 10 hit. In the UK it was covered by The Viscounts who had a Top 30 hit with it. The Wurzels' version is done fairly straight, with Pete Budd showing his rock 'n' roll roots!

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

Why Does It Always Rain On Me
(Healy)

A re-make of the Travis hit single, 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

Wild West Show, The
(adapt. Bob Barratt)

A song about the exotic delights of the Wild West Show which appeared on the band's second album. Notice that it is Bob Barrett, the band's producer who is creditted with the song.

LP: Adge Cutler's Family Album, LP: Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1974), Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee (1978)

Willie Friese-Greene
(John Christie)

A song dedicated to the Bristol bloke who invented the movie camera.

LP: Give Me England!, LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels

Willie The Shake
(adapt. Adge Cutler, Tony Baylis, Tommy Banner, Reg Quantrill)

A parody of the 1968 Scaffold no. 1 UK hit Lily The Pink which appaeared on the album Carry On Cutler! album. According to producer Bob Barratt, this song contains some "startling, though probably mythical, revelations about the Bard of Avon" (as opposed to The Bard Of Avonmouth!). One of the few songs where each member of the band takes a turn at singing lead vocals. When you hear it you'll know why it's one of the few...

LP: Carry On Cutler!

Wish I'd Stayed A Bachelor
(Tommy Banner)

Written and sung by Tommy in the style typical of the extreme northern extremity of Somerset (i.e. Scotland!) Tommy sings how he wishes he'd stayed a bachelor, just like his old dad...

LP: Never Get A Scrumpy Here

Wurple Diddle I Doo Song (The Village Band), The
(Mart Fryberg, Theo von Donop, Peter Kirsten)

One of the few songs where Adge lets the members of The Wurzels sing lead vocals on a verse each. If you hear it you'll know why such songs are few... the words of this song are self explanatory and need no further comment.

The tune is an old German melody in 3/4 time (written in 1933) which Adge Cutler added lyrics of his own creation. For some reason Adge is never credited for the lyrics.

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

Wurzel In Love LP: Freshly Cut
Wurzel Rap
(Lee Sheriden)

Issued on a single in 1983 - as you may guess, it's The Wurzels attempt to cash in on the 1980s rap craze.

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

Wurzel Rock, The
(David)

Also known as Wurzellin' Time In Somerset, this little gem surfaced on the HMV Wurzels Collection CD. A typical Wurzels song, it is slightly reminiscent of the Malt & Barley Blues, which The Wurzels do a few bars of from time to time at their gigs.

LP: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels; CD: The Wurzels Collection; CD: The Wurzels Live; video: The Wurzels Live

Wurzels On Stereo
(Steve Fearn)

The b-side of the Wurzel Rap single.

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

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You Can't Kid A Kidder
(Malcolm Mason)

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

CD-EP I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver

You're Gorgeous
(S. Jones)

A re-make of the Baby Bird hit single, which Pete Budd seems to be singing to a horse (which is all rather strange). The lyrics are mostly the same as the original, except the Bristolian 'instamatic cameral'!

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

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