Max Boyce's 'Ode to Barry Island'
By Ellyn Wright
24th Apr 2022 | Local News
For this week's newsletter-only story, we're sharing a song written by Welsh comedian Max Boyce.
In his 'Ode to Barry Island' Max Boyce reminisces about his childhood trips to our seaside spot.
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"I remember Miner's Fortnight when I was just a ladWe'd go to Barry Island, the weather always bad
In a brand new shirt and shoes that hurt,The one's mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.We'd catch a Western by the square, my bucket in my hand
Then all the fuss to get on the bus and we always had to standThen I'd be sick
And my shoes I'd kick,The ones mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.They'd put me by the drivers seat for me to 'ave some air
And my mother'd say"He's never this way"
She'd come and comb my hairThen I'd see the sea and I'd want to pee
And if I couldn't I'd cryWhen we went to Barry Island on that last week in July.
Our caravan, "The Waters Edge", 10 miles from the sea!And we'd drag the cases over and we didn't have the key.
We couldn't light the gas lamp, I've gone and marked my tieWhen I went to Barry Island on that last week in July.
I'm on the beach, It's SundayI've got a friend called Russ
I'll 'ave to buy another bucket,Left mine on the bus.
I've cut my foot, It's bleedinMy cousin says, "You'll die"
And we'll bury you in Barry Island on the last week in July.I'm going to the fair tonight, my bucket full of o' shells
The weather forecast's settled now, with dry and sunny spells.I've brought Mamgu a present and I'd wave the sea goodbye
My mother's found my plastic mac and the weather's nice and dryAye, that's how I remember Miner's Fortnight, when I was just a lad
I went to Barry Island and the weather always bad."