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carmella
post 26th Oct 2004, 11:14pm
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Dorcas

What a great story you have told, thank you.

The Old Lamplighter

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago
His snowy hair was so much whiter
Beneath the candle glow
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

You'd hear the patter of his feet
As he came toddling down the street
His smile would cheer a lonely heart you see
If there were sweethearts in the park
He'd pass a lamp and leave it dark
Remembering the days that used to be
For he recalled when things were new
He loved someone who loved him too
Who walks with him alone in memories


He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago
His snowy hair was so much whiter
Beneath the candle glow
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago


Now if you look up in the sky
You'll understand the reason why
The little stars at night are all aglow
He turns them on when night is near
He turns them off when dawn is here
The little man we left so long ago
He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter of long, long ago


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post 26th Oct 2004, 11:20pm
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Hi Scotty
Our Aunt Nellie McGuire was our Dad's eldest sister and we used to go there a lot when we were young. They lived in the ground floor flat. As I remember from the early 50s Harriet St. was almost into the country. There was a pend across from the building and when we went through it, it was all fields and there was a burn that we used to cross using stepping stones, I fell in it a few times.

Our brother Davie used to stay there a lot as there were a few boys in the family and the only name I recall was James. Maybe August will know more as she keeps in contact with our cousin Helen McGuirewho lives in California.


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post 27th Oct 2004, 04:59am
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Thanks Carmella for the colourful display.
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post 27th Oct 2004, 12:18pm
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tongue.gif You're welcome Jock - anytime!

I made it even more colourful for you !!

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post 27th Oct 2004, 12:49pm
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Carmella, I am sitting here with the tears tripping me, that was one of my Dad's wee party pieces on a Saturday night. (Boy, I sure miss those sing songs). All I could recall apart from the chorus, was the two lines about the sweethearts in the park and leaving it dark. Thank you for taking the time to post it. G.B.
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post 27th Oct 2004, 01:03pm
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I had tears in my eyes too reading that,and I never even knew about Lamplighters until reading here.
Isn't it wonderful when memories recollect Gallusbisom....special.

That was great Carmella,sweetly haunting I'd describe it.


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post 27th Oct 2004, 04:50pm
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Carmella
that was lovely brought tears to my eyes just remembering Danny going round at night Happy times
thanks for sharing that
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post 27th Oct 2004, 07:26pm
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Carmella, what can I say, the words are beautiful to the song, and I have more than a few tears in my eyes,I can picture the dusk coming down and this wee lassie sitting on the stairs at the mouth of the close, watching the lamplighter go about his business whisleing to himself, I think the words in the song reflects the calming effect this mans job had on many people, without us realising it. thank-you for printing out the words . rolleyes.gif cathie
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post 27th Oct 2004, 09:28pm
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Well Cathie, I just thought it was a nice wee touch, glad it brought back a lovely wee calming vision to you.

We need more things like this - there is absolutely nothing wrong with nostalgia.

I love to see people smiling and happy and, when the occasion calls for it a wee tear as well, that includes men - there are times when this can be a great release of emotions both good and bad.


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post 27th Oct 2004, 09:48pm
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thanks for printing it Carmella I am like Jock it takes me too long to try to type it and the ppost so see you have made ma day and I love this song now I know all the words once again
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post 27th Oct 2004, 10:27pm
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I love to sing and know a lot of them off by heart, stumble a few times of course.

Anyway, it was my pleasure, if you want any more - just whistle [or sing] biggrin.gif

September 1 1971 Sole remaining gas street lamp in Glasgow was lit for the last time, bringing to an end the age of the "leeries", the lamplighters which started in 1718 with oil lamps.

I thought you all might be interested to know this!

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post 18th Sep 2006, 06:35pm
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I know this topic was from a few years back, but it brought lovely memories flooding back when I read it.
In our room and kitchen, my top bunk looked right out at the gaslight in the street. I lved to watch the leerie come along (he always seemed to be whistling, didn't he?) and reach up with his "lighter" (?) to light the lamp. It would shine right into our overcrowded room, and it always made me feel safe and secure. rolleyes.gif
You'll never get that feeling, I'm sure, from an electric light.


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post 18th Sep 2006, 11:46pm
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When he was through lighting the area he would empty his "lighter" at the nearest "stank". It was white powdery stuff (carbide I believe) and fizzed when we added water to it! ..............more memories biggrin.gif
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post 19th Sep 2006, 12:02am
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Thanks for bringing this Topic back up Sumac, it's great reading sure it is.

How ye doin Jock, funny how ye remember wee daft things like how it fizzed eh? laugh.gif


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post 7th Oct 2006, 11:47pm
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Wee Mags, Thinks my g'grandfather was a lamplighter, there's a photo of him in the Gallery, I would like to know if anyone else has any kind of photo of an old Glasgow Lamplighter.


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