The Severn Princess

Words and Music by Don't Tell Johnny

A song about the last remaining Severn Ferry which connected England and Wales before the Severn bridge was built. Our good friend was part of a group that paid £1 for the ‘wreck’ and had it brought back from a boat graveyard in Ireland. It is currently dry docked underneath the A48 bridge in Chepstow.

Just over a mile, fair distance enough
Where the tide runs in quick, the cold water is rough
Steamboats once sailed but were lost with all hands
Only the brave cross between these two lands

Gone are the King and Queen and those that chose to ride the waves
Now car horns sound, their engines turn and life shifts up a gear
Gone are the simple days when England was a distant shore
The Princess sleeps beneath the bridge and she will sail no more

Remember the days? They’d load and unload
Who’ll wait at the quay when there’s two miles of road?
The work overhead is a permanent fix
Farwell sweet Princess – its nineteen sixty six

No way was home, when he came to town
The Queen fell apart as the King he went down
Sold and washed up at an Irish retreat
Condemned for all time, unused, obsolete

Gone are the King and Queen and those that chose to ride the waves
Now car horns sound, their engines turn and life shifts up a gear
Gone are the simple days when England was a distant shore
The Princess sleeps beneath the bridge and waits for ever more