Wednesday, December 14, 2011

End of Year Geordie Poem. An Epic

I posted this a few years ago in an effort to attempt to teach Potty Mummy how to do the Geordie accent. I actually wrote it back in the 80's while working (or not, obviously) in London. My late friend and fab blogger Lakeland Jo, with whom I worked, kept it for a few decades, (as one does with a work of pure genius) and here it is in the original format.


It's me ageeyan hinnies, A bet yiz forgot
It's Buggerallmoney - d'yiz care or wot?
Av had a bad year - yiz wouldn't believe
A just hoowop next year's got nowt worse up its sleeve

Forst there woz wor lass; she chucked iz in June
Am alreet noo, but a woz a bit doon
Iz everyone sez, there's more fish in the sea
But somehoo neebody fancies me

Then, a gorra black eye in a fight
A smacked someone's gob, hell's bells worra sight
A didn't desorve to be hoyed in the cells
Ind me mam fund oot - someone alwiz tells

Me mam hoyed iz oot so A kipped at me meeyat's
He was deed good ind helped iz get streeyat
Noo Av gorra flat of me oowan
Am alreet for spon; Av peeyad off me loowan

Am chuffed last years' ower A woz gettin a bit sick
it's teken it oot iv iz, even tho' Am thick
Al hev a gud Christmas ind treat mesell well
A suggest yiz al dee the seeyam iz well.

Mind how yiz gan noo.

A translation to come in a few days. 

8 comments:

  1. "Spon" is the word that's confusing me., but other than that I can follow it nay problem, pet!
    Interesting how the Teesside accent, which I'm obviously more used to, doesn't use certain sounds that you find on Tyneside. There's a more interesting cadence with the Tyneside accent, it "sings" more. Ours, by contrast, gets a bit more muddied by our proximity to Yorkshire.

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  2. Spon is short for Spondoolix, or Spondoolicks, which is money.
    And yes, I think the Tyneside and Teeside accents aren't really that alike apart from being Northern. So I would write "nee" problem, instead of "nay".

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  3. I won't even pretend I understood half of it, it's like another world up North...

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  4. I think I got most of it, but I'm really glad you're posting a translation so I can check my work!!!
    Fascinating how 'mates' becomes a 2-syllable word...have you thought of posting a reading of this on YouTube? : )

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  5. Nee translation needed fer me, pet. Yer canny good at poems, like.

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  6. It's easy. All you have to do is imagine Ant or Dec saying it and the understanding comes easily!

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  7. Nae translation necissary fur iz, hinny!

    Handed oot ter me meyates on Feassbyook! Ta, marra.

    Fhina, belangs Eshington! x

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