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K:A E/2 | A A/2 A A/2 | A3/2 A A/2 | B B/2 B B/2 | c3 | w:Ah went to Blay-don Ra-ces, ‘twas on the ninth of Joon, d d/2 d/2d/2d/2 | c c/2 c/2c/2c/2 | B c/2 B A/2 | (G3/2 G/2) z/2 E/2 | w:Eigh-teen hun-dred an’ six-ty-two, on a sum-mer’s ef-ter-noon - Ah A A/2 A A/2 | A3/2 A A/2 | B B/2 B B/2 | c3/2 A A/2 | w:tyuk the ‘bus frae Balm-bra’s, an’ she wis hea-vy la-den, A- d d/2 d d/2 | c/2c/2c/2 e e/2 | e d/2 c B/2 | A A/2 c d/2 | w:way we went 'lang Col-ling-wood Street, that’s on the road to Blay-don. And it's (e3/2 e) c/2 | (A3/2 A) A/2 | B B/2 B B/2 | c/2 (A A3/2) | w:Ah - me lads - ye should a' seen us gan-nin’, d/2d/2d/2 d d/2 | c c/2 c3/2 | B c/2 B A/2 | G/2 (E E/2)E/2E/2 | w:Pass-in the foaks a-long the road just as they wor stan-nin’ - Thor was A A/2 A A/2 | A A/2 A3/2 | B B/2 B B/2 | c3/2 A3/2 | w:lots o’ lads an’ lass-es there, all wi’ smi-ling fa-ces d/2d/2d/2 d d/2 | c c/2 e e/2 | e d/2 c B/2 | A3/2 A/2 |] w:Gan-nin a-lang the Scot-swood Road, to see the Blay-don Ra-ces % W: W:1 W:Ah went to Blaydon Races, ‘twas on the ninth of Joon, W:Eighteen hundred an’ sixty-two, on a summer’s efternoon; W:Ah tyuk the ‘bus frae Balmbra’s, an’ she wis heavy laden, W:Away we went alang Collingwood Street, that’s on the road to Blaydon. W: W:ch W:Ah me lads, ye should a' seen us gannin’, W:Passin' the foaks along the road just as they wor stannin’; W:Thor wes lots o’ lads an’ lasses there, all wi’ smiling faces, W:Gannin alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races. W: W:2 W:We flew past Airmstrang’s factory, and up to the "Robin Adair", W:Just gannin’ doon te the railway bridge, the ‘bus wheel flew off there. W:The lasses lost their crinolines off, an’ the veils that hide their faces, W:An’ aw got two black eyes an’ a broken nose in gan te Blaydon Races. W: W:4 W:When we gat the wheel put on away we went agyen, W:But them that had their noses broke they cam back ower hyem; W:Sum went to the Dispensary an’ uthers to Doctor Gibbs, W:An’ sum sought out the Infirmary to mend their broken ribs. W: W:5 W:Noo when we gat to Paradise thor wes bonny gam begun; W:Thor was fower-an-twenty on the ‘bus, man, hoo they danced an’ sung; W:They called on me to sing a sang, aw sung them "Paddy Fagan", W:Aw danced a jig an’ swung my twig that day aw went to Blaydon. W: W:6 W:We flew across the Chain Bridge reet into Blaydon toon, W:The bellman he was callin’ there, they call him Jackie Brown; W:Aw saw him talkin’ to sum cheps, an’ them he was pursuadin’ W:To gan an’ see Geordy Ridley’s concert in the Mechanics’ Hall at Blaydon. W: W:7 W:The rain it poor’d aw the day an’ myed the groons quite muddy, W:Coffy Johnny had a white hat on - they war shootin’ "Whe stole the cuddy." W:There wes spice stalls an’ munkey shows an’ aud wives selling ciders, W:An’ a chep wiv a hapenny roond aboot, shootin’ "Noo, me boys, for riders." % % % % % % % % % % %]


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Song by Geordie Ridley

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