Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

 

The Butcher Baronet

 

Lyrics

Welcome to this city

So steeped in history

Where we’ll follow the trail of bold John Duck

So cloaked in mystery

Step into his buckle shoes

And come along with me

First we’ll raise a glass then raise him up

Out of obscurity


From Fleshergate he was cast out

By the Butchers’ Guild it seems

They sought to put an end

To all his hopes and dreams

But all poor determined dreamers

Will fight hard to defend

Their dreams to go from rags to glory

To the bitter end


Paint yourself a picture

For his likeness and his character

Have slipped through history’s net

John Duck who went from Butcher’s Boy

To Butcher Baronet


Here on Framwelgate Bridge he stood

In a deep despondency

Till a fateful raven woke him

From his dark melancholy

Would you have the drive to do

What John Duck did then?

Would you have the pluck

To chance your luck?

Would you turn and start again?


Throw a coin into the air

And where it lands see if your own luck can reflect

John Duck who went from Butcher’s Boy

To Butcher Baronet


Here on Silver Street there stood

His mansion on the hill

And but for mad town planners

It would be here still

We can now but imagine

The view he must have seen

Would all the works that he achieved

Be part of that rich scene?


Step into the Town Hall

For he became the mayor

The Butchers’ Guild must all have been

Tearing out their hair

But when he arose as Sir John Duck

It must have hurt them deeper still

To see him made a Baronet

At Haswell-on-the-Hill


Take a leaf from his book

Seize your luck and run with it

And be just like him yet

John Duck who went from Butcher’s Boy

To Butcher Baronet


We’ll repair at last

To a pub named the John Duck

And we’ll raise a glass or two

And another one for luck

And then we’ll raise another

Lest we all forget

The man to whom this song is set

The Butcher Baronet


Paint yourself a picture

For his likeness and his character

Have slipped through history’s net

John Duck who went from Butcher’s Boy

To Butcher Baronet


This man who went from Butcher’s Boy

To Butcher Baronet



(Gary Miller)


© 2018 Whippet Records

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Illustration by Helen Temperley © 2019

 

Illustration by Helen Temperley © 2019

 

Helen's initial illustration 'The Butcher Baronet' © 2018

 

Notes

 

Currently Unreleased