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In the Forefront
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Written for the soundtrack of D Bytheway's upcoming video about Alloa.
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World - Traditional Celtic
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Stuart Simpson
BerryBush Music
March 08, 2006
MP3 3.3 MB
128 kbps bitrate
3:36 minutes
Story behind the song
David Bytheway asked me to write it for a video heis working on. It's about Alloa's industrial past. The instrumental parts are there to give David a chance to fade in and out to suit the narrative and the visuals.
Lyrics
In the Forefront Alloa, you were always in the forefront, Your ventures, your trade, your worth can’t be denied. Hard working men all down through the years Thankful for the living you’d provide. They’ve breathed in your coaldust in a four foot seam, Hundreds of feet below the ground. Took the juice from the barley at the Cambus still, Coopered barrels with iron bands around. Your water made your ales famed the world around. The brewer’s craft was always to the fore – The names long gone now – Youngers and McLays Caponcroft, Forthbank, Arrols, Mills and Shore. You powered Paton’s mill to spin and dye the wool. And the spinsters and the dyers got their trades. The Hillfoots weavers busy at their looms Driven by the Ochils’ great cascades. Your potters they formed and then they fired the clay For the Gardeners and the Baileys at Kirkgate. The Plough and the Fame were built there in your yards At Forthbank many’s the keel was laid. They found employment by your busy docks, Loading big ships with woollens, glass and ale. Ships came and went with the turning of the tide, Holds groaning full and off to sea they’d sail. Their skill at the glassworks, foremost in the world, And has been for at least 200 years. The giant bottle furnace, manned both night and day, Stamps out bottles for the whisky and the beer. Alloa, you were always in the forefront, Your ventures, your trade, your worth can’t be denied. Hard working men all down through the years Thankful for the living you’d provide.
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