RAILWAY HISTORY OF CAMBRIDGE

Rhythm, Rhymes & Railways

Historyworks is starting a new public art project in Cambridge, devised by the Creative Director, Helen Weinstein, which will run from the Spring of 2017 to December 2017, and we'll invite a large number of singers from local schools and community choirs to come together to perform new pieces for voice and body percussion which we will perform at Mill Road Fair on 2nd December 2017.

The project is called 'Rhythm, Rhyme & Railways' to tell the story of how Cambridge changed when the railway came in 1845. We are working with top writers, the renowned poet Michael Rosen, and the witty lyricist, Dave Cohen, who is the CBBC's Horrible-Histories Song-writer.  The choir MDs will be Mario Satchwell, Tizzy Faller, & Bethany KirbyThe choir MDs will be Mario Satchwell, Tizzy Faller, & Bethany Kirby; the project is funded by an S106 Public Art Award from Cambridge City Council to Historyworks Director Helen Weinstein has devised and is project managing 'Rhythm, Rhyme & Railways'.

As a Public Historian, Helen Weinstein has been leading the research about the railway, revealing stories about the workers and their families who serviced the railways in the early years during Victorian times, and finding stories from further afield to connect the local to the global, using many of the resources of the Mill Road History Society, such as the research on the railway cottages, and the fantastic archive based at the National Railway Museum in York.  We'll collect stories locally too to add to the narrative of the poems and online resources.

Please find in the tabs some of the new poems and songs, including a poem by Michael Rosen about Victorian day trips from Cambridge, and songs about One Railway Track, and a Cat Meditating on a Railway Track, with more songs in the composing pipe-line, which means this starter set of songs and poems will be added to very soon, so watch this space!


MICHAEL ROSEN’S CAMBRIDGE RAILWAY EXCURSIONS POEM

The poet, Michael Rosen, is collaborating on the project with Historyworks, and will be returning to lead workshops for schools and lyric writers in the Autumn. So far, he has written a poem or chant based on two posters from the Victorian period offering day excursions from Cambridge, one to London, and the other to the seaside, ending with the emphatic request, no luggage allowed! To see Michael Rosen perform the poem and read the words, view our film here:

CAMBRIDGE EXCURSION toLONDON AND BACK CELEBRATING TWO GREAT DAY TRIPSARRANGED BY THE GREAT EASTERN RAILWAYIN 1868 AND 1876TAKEN FROM THE POSTERS OF THE TIME

Poem by Michael Rosen

Commissioned by HistoryWorks For ‘Creating My Cambridge’ S106 Project


Michael Rosen's Cambridge Railway Excursions Poem - Adapted as a song by Bethany Kirby

You Can download a pdf or the score HERE

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

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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

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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.

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Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo  
Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt

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Chorus 1: The DAY exCURSion to LONdon and BACK
Chorus 2: The day excursion to London and back
Chorus 1:The WHOLE round TRIP will COST 3 BOB
Chorus 2: “No LUGGage allOWED”; “No LUGGage allOWED”

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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

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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

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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 SEA
Chorus 1:The WHOLE round TRIP will COST 3 BOB
Chorus 2: “No LUGGage allOWED”; “No LUGGage allOWED”

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Chorus 1: Oo-oo-woo  
Chorus 2: Psssshhhhhtttt


Michael Rosen's Hand on the Bridge poem - arranged as a song by Bethany Kirby

Lyrics

Hand on the bridge,
Feel the rhythm of the train.
Hand on the window
Feel the rhythm of the rain.
Hand on your throat
Feel the rhythm of your talk
Hand on your leg
Feel the rhythm of your walk
Hand in the sea
Feel the rhythm of the tide
Hand on your heart
Feel the rhythm inside
Hand on the rhythm
Feel the rhythm of the rhyme
Hand on your life
Feel the rhythm of time
Hand on your life
Feel the rhythm of time
Hand on your life
Feel the rhythm of time.

You cab download a pdf of the score HERE


This old freedom train

LYRICS

1: This old freedom train has been a long time coming

2: Ain’t nobody can’t afford it, so you’d better jump on board it

3: Gimme that freedom, gimme that freedom

4: Gimme that freedom, freedom, freedom (chk-a-chk), freedom, freedom, freedom (chk-a-chk)

 


Mill Road Railway Workers

LYRICS by CBBC's Horrible Histories song-writer, Dave Cohen with some script input from Historyworks:

As I was riding from Cambridge by train

All along down along, out along lea

I saw all the people who worked to maintain:

Two fitters, one shunter, stone breaker, boiler maker,

One railway examiner and all

Five drivers all stood by the wall

 

As I was travelling in my Cambridge carriage

All along down along, out along lea

I saw all the people who helped with my baggage:

Four porters, three clerks, two guards and inspectors

A tubby controller and all

A signalman high in his stall

 

As I was walking through Romsey one day

Thoday and Sedgewick Streets, all I could see

Was dozens of houses where railwaymen stay:

Two fitters, one shunter, stone breaker, boiler maker

Four porters, three clerks, two guards and inspectors

One labourer, a strongman, coal porter, not song man!!

The railway examiner and all

Too many of them to recall


Cambridge Navvies

 

You can download a copy of the score HERE

Lyrics

Verse 1
The Nav-vies were men who made the can-als,
For twelve hours a day they’d sweat with their pals,
Movin’ twenty tonnes of earth in a barrow up a plank,
And leavin’ it all at the /top of the bank.

Verse 2
The navvies were men who laid the train tracks,
Cutting through hills with a pick and an axe,
Lay-in’ the ties and covered them with stones.
Sun burning their skin and wind freezing their bones.

Chorus
Oh the navvies came to our town
from Ireland and Cornwall and all around
Oh the navvies united they stand
from Wales and Scotland and far away lands

Verse 3
When the whistle would blow, they’d off to their homes,
Built near the tracks so they’d not far to go.
For wages they’d get beef and a gallon of beer..
Then they’d drink and they'd stink all with a very good cheer.

Chorus
Oh the navvies came to our town
from Ireland and Cornwall and all around
Oh the navvies united they stand
from Wales and Scotland and far away lands

Verse 4
When they got near to Cambridge, they ran into a bind,
The colleges they said, (suddenly whispering) “noisy navvies must pay a fine”
(a little louder) So the navvies built the station a mile out of town…(loud again)
Where they wouldn’t disturb all the men in their gowns.
Well our train tracks and boat paths are amazingly loooooong (hold this note until everyone turns blue)
Built by the navvies the / heroes of song.

Chorus
Oh the navvies came to our town
from Ireland and Cornwall and all around
Oh the navvies united they stand
from Wales and Scotland and far away lands


Freedom Train - Rollo Dilworth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duexPeKM-Ks

 

 

 

All aboard!  Just get on board! Get on board!
All aboard!  Just get on board! Get on board! 
Shout hallelujah! All aboard the freedom train 
Bound for glory where peace and justice reign. 
One day we shall overcome, can’t go back to where we started from! 
Freedom train’s a comin’. Get on board. 

All aboard!  Just get on board! Get on board! 
All aboard!  Just get on board! Get on board! 

Shout hallelujah! Gonna ride to glory land 
On to victory, I’ll join that heavenly band 
In the land where I will sing, songs of the people will set me free. 
Freedom train’s a comin. Get on board. 

You can hinder me here, but you can’t hinder me there 
the lord in Heaven’s gonna answer my prayer 
I am goin’ home to see the elders there, 
To sing the songs of hope for freedom everywhere. 

Get on board, ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round 
We shall overcome--Oh Freedom 
Freedom train’s a comin’. Get on board.

 


Cambridge Railways - 1845

LYRICS by CBBC's Horrible Histories song-writer, Dave Cohen

1845

Cambridge railway

Station built beyond

our Mill Road

Wonder if the first train

to arrive

Came when the clock said

1845


One Railway Track (To the tune of one ginger beer)

One railway track, two railway track, three railway track, four railway track,
Five railway track, six railway track, seven seven railway track

You can't drive your train in my part of town, my part of town, my part of town,
You can't drive your train in my part of town, GO THROUGH ROMSEY! 

Railways built by Na-av-ies, Na-av-ies, Na-av-ies
Railways built by Na-av-ies, IN CAMBRIDGE TOWN!


Eagle Engine Number 9

Eagle Engine Number Nine,

Rolling down the Cambridge line.

At Ely Fens at half past nine,

Back once more get home on time!

All Aboard

Whooo Whooo!!

Mind The Gap

All Aboard

Whooo Whooo!!

Mind The Gap

All Aboard

Whooo Whooo!!

Mind The Gap.


Cat Meditating on a Railroad Track

CAT MEDITATING ON A RAILWAY TRACK (LYRICS & SCORE BY CAROL PRIOR) 

Download a copy of the score HERE

A cat med-i - tat-ing on a Rail -road track. 

Cat! You'd better get, You'd better get back, Don't do that! 


I Have A Song to Sing

I have a song to sing,/  Come let the music ring,/

I can do anything,/ I have a song/ what can go wrong,/ I have a song to get me along...


The Runaway Train

The runaway train came down the track and she blew,  she blew,
The runaway train came down the track and she blew,  she blew,
The runaway train came down the track, her whistle wide and her throttle back, 
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew. 

The engineer said the train must halt and she blew,  she, blew,
The engineer said the train must halt and she blew,  she blew,
The engineer said the train must halt -- he said it was all the fireman's fault, 
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew. 

The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,  she blew,
The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,  she blew,
The fireman said he rang the bell -- the engineer said he stoked the fire well!
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew. 

The runaway train went over the hill and she blew,  she blew,
The runaway train went over the hill and she blew,  she blew,
The runaway train went over the hill and the last we heard she was going still, 
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.


The Gospel Train Medley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jevKw96XWC4

The gospel train’s a’comin’
I hear it close at hand
I hear the wheels a turnin’
And rollin’ thro’ the land

Get on board
Get on board
Get on board
There's room for many a more

Whoo Whoo x2

I hear the train a whistle
The rich and poor are ther
No second class aboard this train
No differnce in the fare

This train is bound for glory, this train. 
This train is bound for glory, this train. 
This train is bound for glory, 
Don't carry nothing but the righteous and the holy. 
This train is bound for glory, this train.

She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes 
She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes 
Coming round the mountain, she'll be coming round the mountain, 
Coming round the mountain when she comes 

Oh when the Saints go marching in
When the Saints go marching in
O Lord, I want to be in that number
When the Saints go marching in

 

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