‘Shalford boy’ (an original song by Mark A. Wyatt)

 

 

This is a nostalgic song I wrote a few years ago, it’s about my sixties childhood in the pretty Tillingbourne Valley of Surrey, in the rural south-east of England. It’s not a poem as such, but then I always preferred the Dylan approach to song-writing, cramming the right words in to a limited space! Reading it again now I also think I may even have been ‘channeling’ the great Laurie Lee!

We liked to go fishing for some brown trout,

Or go and climb the great old oaks.

Sometimes we’d play soldiers in the woods there,

I guess I’m still that Shalford boy at heart.

 

In the summer we’d play cricket on the village green,

Come autumn, football down the park,

One winter the meadows near Guildford, they froze over

I guess I’m still that Shalford boy at heart.

 

We made bonfires and effigies of Guy Fawkes,

We’d push him on our go-karts down the road,

we’d shout  “Penny for the Guy!” Then we’d burn him,

My Dad and uncle Charlie, they got themselves merry on ‘Woodpecker’ cider and set off ‘Jumping Jacks’ and ‘Bangers’

I guess I’m still that Shalford boy at heart.

 

At Christmas all us kids we did go singing,

“Hark those Herald angels sing”!

If we got lucky we might have got a mince-pie,

I guess I’m still that Shalford boy at heart.

 

I was so lucky to grow up there,

Mum and Dad gave me a lovely start.

Sometimes when I close my eyes, I go back there,

I guess I’m still that Shalford boy at heart.

Written by Mark Anthony Wyatt some years ago but first published

in February, 2015.

Check out my web-site, it’s called  ‘It’s a Dark, Dark Night!’ (If you type that in to your search engine, just add ‘Wyatt’ after it and it will come up!)

or feel free to contact me on Facebook or on @moonwindbag1@hotmail.co.uk

Note; Any written work, music, images or videos that Mark Anthony Wyatt has created, remains his personal intellectual property!

Tillingbourne at East Shalford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mark Anthony Wyatt

Based on his Tillingbourne valley childhood in the sixties.

 

http://www.markanthonywyatt.com/

 

 

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