Wednesday, 27 March 2013

WEDNESDAY CLUB - David McWilliams - The Days of Pearly Spencer

To-day we have a dangerous journey, victory for the Scots and a tale of young love
A young Fred West
DAVID McWILLIAMS - The Days of Pearly Spencer (1967)


I played Badminton
 she was the top player from Nairn
 we were the best two players in the North, for our age
she invited me to a party in Nairn. 
I accepted the invitation,
I did not fancy her, I did not like her ankles for some reason,
but she had a brilliant back-hand disguise.

Her friend was a babe
so cute
so cute
the party was in a loft .
I remember 3 songs from that party
 Paperback Writer by The Beatles
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding 
and of course The Days of Pearly Spencer.

I had no way to get home
her friend said I could stay with her
all very innocent
 I slept on the couch
I was 18, She was 17.
breakfast was strange
her mum, I remenber was nice
she asked if I could drive down to Edinburgh
 the car was to be used by her sister
 my sister Rose also lived in Edinburgh,
so it was perfect
 I had just past my test
I had no driving experience
a dangerous journey
I was ready

The day came it was a Saturday 
I got the first bus through to Nairn
 the car was a Hillman Imp
 it was a freezing morning,
 I could not get the car started 
we had to call the AA. 
all that was required was to pull out the choke
 A disastrous start!!   

The journey was fine
but scarey driving through Edinburgh for the first time
we arranged to meet up in the evening
we were staying quite close
near the Meadows for you who know Edinburgh.

In the afternoon, I went to the first and only time I have been to  the home of Scottish Ruby
a game between Scotland and OZ.
we won 9 to 3
Scotland won
Scotland won

The evening was beautiful,
we got on great
she was so sweet

 she was so pure
there was a party at my sisters
I remember the song came on
it semed as if it was following us
we laughed
we held

We saw the dawn together
we were in love
me and my Pearly Princess!
me and my Pearly Princess!

We promised to see each other again
we were in love

I never phoned
I don't know why?
I don't know why?
she had slipped through the net of what could have been!.

Where are you now my Pearly Princess?
Where are you now my Pearly Queen?


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27 March 2013 at 11:06

Who knows Old Pa, perhaps she's out there somewhere reading your words. A lovely little remembrance, with, of course, a great tune attached.

(It took me a while to get past the first verse though, as I had to convince myself that your badminton partner's 'brilliant back-hand disguise' wasn't a 1960's euphemism for something altogether different.)

27 March 2013 at 11:20

TS - She also had a very good service as I recall....stop it!

31 March 2013 at 14:02

Love this song and what a story! Beatifully told in your Old Pa prose...I want more!

31 March 2013 at 19:09

I never really liked this song but reading this post puts it in a different perspective altogether.

31 March 2013 at 19:15

Meaning when I hear it I can visualise a house party, a Hillman Imp and a Pearly princess going to the home of Scottish Ruby.....!?

31 March 2013 at 19:49

Have you been drinking...congrats Andy on winning Miami by the way...what a match...where are you now my Pearly Princess...I can do romance!!