The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

by Rum Doodle

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From seventeen hundred and seventy through to eighteen sixteen
They decided to build something pretty cool
So they chiselled from the lands with their dirty sweaty hands
A canal from Leeds to Liverpool for trade and money, business, profit, industrial
And that was why they built the Leeds & Liverpool canal
Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Two hundred years later the industry has gone
But history has left us with a prize
Waterfront apartments stand where they used to bring the coal on land
All that she carries is the cries of the past, long gone historical
As you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool canal
Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Up by Bingley Five rises, Dowley Aqueduct
Skipton Castle looming on Spring Bank
Lock keepers they keep the locks from Granary Wharf to Albert Docks
Levers pull gates open and cogs crank their way so the long barges they shall
Sail their way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Why don't you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

In the heatwave of the 70's we used to knock off school
And we'd fight like gypsies down by Newlay lock
In snake belts, tank tops, Oxford bags, Evo Stik & tab end fags
Liquid gold, laced up ox blood docs
It's like an old long distance pal
As we fought our way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
We fought our way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

In the year of 1943 seven airmen ceased to be
When a Wellington bomber fell out of the sky
Now in a lonely corner on the Keighley Skipton border
Above a Polish flag an eagle flies, lest we forget
Rest in peace they shall
As their spirits fly above the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Their souls they fly above the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

From village tales of Yorkshire Dales to Lancashire's red rose
The three peaks, rolling Pennine hills
By drystone walls, Methodist halls, dales and caves and waterfalls
Factories, dark satanic mills all line the banks
It's all so magical
As you make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Make your way along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal




Rum Doodle are a folk roots acoustic duo from Leeds, Yorkshire. They consist of Martin Brennan (vocals, guitar) and BB Tim (guitar). Their work can be found on Reverbnation and this song can be found on the album 'The Burren' which is available on Bandcamp. My thanks to them for permission to include this song, which was written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, on this website.