18th APRIL 2021

18th April 2021

A few days ago I wrote a song about a smuggler who was born in Beer, South East Devon, called Jack Rattenbury. I am now trying to concentrate on writing songs with a Devon theme. For the time being I have parked my comedy album idea despite having written enough songs for it. Later this year I am also hoping to release another album of songs that I have recorded with Phil Swann and Martyn Hillstead. The only thing that is left to complete this is the album the artwork and the addition of some vocals to a few of the songs.


Jack Rattenbury


Jack Rattenbury the smuggler

Was born in the village of Beer

Where his family lived in poverty

With no comfort throughout the year

Jack Rattenbury the smuggler

Was born in the village of Beer


His father was pressganged

And was never seen again

Jack was the oldest child

And sought work with the fishermen


Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer

Chased by custom officials

Of the risks he had no fear

Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer


He was a local hero

Giving money to the poor

With lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law


His memoirs were published

In eighteen thirty seven

And I wonder if Jack

Is a smuggler up in heaven

I do wonder if Jack

Is a smuggler up in heaven


Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer

Chased by custom officials

Of the risks he had no fear

Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer


He was a local hero

Giving money to the poor

With lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law

Lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law

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