#01980
Manchester Rambler (Ryan's Fancy)
#128 YouTube video by kelticknots
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, I've been over Snowdon,
I've slept up at Crowdon,
I've camped by the Waynestones as well;
I've sunbathéd on Kinder, been burned to a cinder,
And many more things I can tell.
Now my rucksack has oft been my pillow,
And the heather has oft been my bed;
And sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler; I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I earned all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
Well, I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

Now the day was just ending and I was descending,
Through Grinesbrook just by Upper Tor;
When a voice says, "Hey you," in the way keepers do,
He'd the worst face that I'd ever saw.
Now the things that he said were unpleasant,
In the heat of his fury I said:
"And sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead."

I'm a rambler; I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I earned all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
Well I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

Well, I once loved a maid, a spot welder by trade,
She was fair as the rowan in bloom;
And the blue in her eye mocked the blue moorland sky,
I loved her from April to June.
On the day that we should have been married,
I went for a ramble instead;
For sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler; I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I earned all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
Well I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

So, I'll walk where I will over mountain and hill,
And I'll lie where the bracken is deep;
I belong to the mountains, the clear running fountains,
Where the grey rocks rise rugged and steep.
Well, I've seen the white hare in the valleys,
And the curlew fly high overhead;
And sooner than part from the mountains,
I think I would rather be dead.

I'm a rambler; I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I earned all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
Well I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

I'm a rambler; I'm a rambler from Manchester way,
I earned all me pleasure the hard moorland way;
Well I may be a wage-slave on Monday,
But I am a free man on Sunday.

####.... Ewan MacColl ....####
Recorded by Ewan MacColl (Black And White - The Definitive Collection ©1986 Ewan MacColl Ltd).

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This arrangement recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dark Island - A Portrait Of Ryan's Fancy, trk#2, ©1971, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

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From Wikipedia:
Curlew - common name for the bird genus Numenius, a group of eight wader species, characterised by a long slender downcurved bill and mainly brown plumage with little seasonal change.

Mass Trespass Of Kinder Scout - notable act of willful trespass by ramblers, undertaken at Kinder Scout, in the Peak District of England, on 24 April 1932, to highlight weaknesses in English law of the time. This denied walkers in England or Wales access to areas of open country, and to public footpaths which, in previous ages (and today), formed public rights of way. Political and conservation activist Benny Rothman was one of the principal leaders.

A commemorative plaque now marks the start of the trespass at Bowden Bridge quarry near Hayfield (which is now a popular area for ramblers). This was unveiled in April 1982 by an aged Benny Rothman during a rally to mark the 50th anniversary. The trespass proceeded via William Clough to the plateau of Kinder Scout, where there were violent scuffles with gamekeepers. Several ramblers were arrested and some would receive jail sentences of 18 months, merely for diverging a few yards from a right-of-way.

The mass trespass had a far-reaching impact, some of which is still playing out today. Eventually, changes in the law would allow all citizens access to public footpaths, regardless of whether they crossed private land. This culminated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which legislates a limited right to roam over scheduled access land.



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