It’s elementary my dear sir
I saw a coin fly through the air
Down to earth it came to rest
And from that moment I was blessed
By landing over Wear water
It saved a calf from certain slaughter
For I took a gamble and I bought her
Saving me and the Butcher’s daughter
And as sure as I stand here with you
I swear I heard these words ring true
"Turn again Duck, Lord Mayor of Durham
Turn again Duck, turn, turn again"
There is a time and a place for all things
Turn, turn again
Take heed when your inner voice sings
And turn, turn again
Be prepared for whatever chance brings
Listen for the sound of luck’s beating wings
A flame caught on my failing luck
And a fire flared for bold John Duck
I rose to fortune and to Mayor
Yes, all the elements came right for me
Whether by design or naturally
But I made them work successfully
Whilst thanking all the stars that shine on me
For as sure as I stand here with you
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Helen Temperley's first illustration from the project 'The Butcher Baronet'.
This song was commissioned and specially-written for the upcoming project 'The Butcher Baronet', in collaboration with Lone Pine Pictures, about the 17th Century Durham City historical figure John Duck.
Other songs and tunes from this project include : -
'The Beer Token'
'The Butcher Baronet'
'Cloak and Hood'
'Flesh and Bone'
'Golden Journey: Through Air / Over Water / To Earth / On Fire'
'Here's to You, John Duck!'
'John's Jacobus (Inscription)'
'My Butcher Boy'
'Now I Dream'
'Old Duck's Main'
'Old Duck's Rant'
'Top of the Hill'