Song Lyric Sunday 19th April

Our theme this week:  Home Town or City where you were born, or where lived in, or some place that you relate to.

Now this is a toughie for me, because as far as I know there are no songs about Poole, Dorset, UK!
I thought outside the box and Ring of Bright Water came to mind (pool? Poole?), but settled on this.

Mary Hopkin was discovered on Opportunity Knocks in 1968, and signed by the Beatles Apple label later that year where she recorded Those Were the Days which became an International Number One hit.

In 1970, she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest singing Knock Knock, Who’s There written by John Carter and Geoff Stephens. It came second to Dana’s All Kinds of Everything which won for Ireland.
IMO, had Mary Hopkin sung this, she would have walked it, but this wasn’t an original song having already been recorded by the composer.

Written by Philamore Lincoln (aka Philip Kinorra , born Robert Cromwell Anson and also known by his other stage names, Julian Covey, Julien Covey), the lyrics are in the video.

Now you might want to know what this has to do with my home town.
Well, Poole boasts Europe’s largest natural harbour. Technically, it’s the largest in the world since Sydney Australia added a man-made bit.
Covering an area of approximately 14 sq miles, it is extremely shallow, with an average depth of just 19 inches. In order for the large ships and ferries to use the port, a main channel was dredged to accommodate them. (Source WIKI)
When we lived in Poole, I would walk the two miles to work along the Holes Bay road.
There are several islands in the harbour, the largest of which is Brownsea Island which is a nature reserve and home to a colony of red squirrels. It is also a haven for gnats, or was by my recollection of a visit there in 1963 with my school.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 19th April

  1. Not heard that one in so many years.

    • It seemed to fit for me anyway. Poole is a lovely place to visit (especially if you like Sunseeker yachts) but very expensive to live. Most people think we lived in Sandbanks or Canford Cliffs (aka Millionaire Row) but we had a modest bungalow on the other side of Poole 2 miles from the town centre where I worked for the bank.

  2. Good one! I hadn’t thought of Mary Hopkins in years. I remember seeing her on Opportunity Knocks 🙂

  3. This is a real lovely song Di.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    What a lovely song, I remember this well. Dana, Mary, the original girls from next door 💜

  5. Lisa Coleman says:

    I’ve never heard this song before. She has such a lovely voice.

  6. msjadeli says:

    I like the tropical feel to the song. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

  7. John Holton says:

    A lovely somg from a very lovely Mary Hopkin.

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