Category Archives: Ken Okines

I’ll Never Go Riding Again!

A cautionary late Victorian tale of the public response to a new cyclist whose enthusiasm exceeds his skill. From my unique collection of bicycle songs and verse.

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Oh Dreedle Me

At the height of a party someone decides they’ll sing a folksong. Unfortunately it’s the gloomiest of dismal ballads, accompanied by bagpipes. From Sue Ashby’s book, Through the Knot-Hole, with my tune and running commentary. Sue is a musician, singer, … Continue reading

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As Rich As A King

I found the song written on a slip of paper in a book I bought at a charity shop. After copying it out I put it back in the book and gave it to another shop for someone else to … Continue reading

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Sunday Arternoon

Billy Cotton sang a song called ‘Sunday Afternoon Arter Dinner’ on his weekly radio programme in the 1950s. I’ve searched for a recording or any mention in print without success. All I remember is the title, so I built my … Continue reading

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Summer Breezes

My father joined the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen and told me almost nothing about his life at sea or of any other time, which is why the song is short. But it’s all true.

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Song Shepherd

All the songs I collected and some I did not, together with street rhymes, tunes, tales and monologues are here.  Thankyou to the few who write comments, ask questions, express approval, and to the many who just happen quietly by. … Continue reading

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Birthday Songs

Today is Saint Cecilia’s Day and my birthday. Hurrah! To celebrate everyone’s birthdays and the many hundreds of children I taught there are four songs today. As a teacher in several large primary schools the child or children stood in … Continue reading

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On Musick

The tune for William Vickers’ poem is mine. The photograph is by Emily, for which many thanks!

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After The Rain

The music is part of a longer work I wrote in 2008. I like the sound of an oboe. The top photo of The Barge in Hertford is where I met my wife-to-be 49 years ago, or more correctly, in … Continue reading

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Down In The City

In the 1974 I compiled a travelling theatre presentation which twenty of us took around England in a bus. The show, made up of songs, sketches and dancing, was called ‘Here In The Distance’ and explored, in a light-hearted way, the theme of relationships … Continue reading

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