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Abergavenny – Quentin E Klopjaeger

Abergavenny – Quentin E Klopjaeger (Having a Wales of a time)

Abergavenny

Abergavenny

Abergavenny is a town in Wales, sometimes referred to as the Gateway to Wales. Judging by the pictures on the internet, it is a rather charming town set amongst rolling green hills and features a ruined cathedral and the River Usk. However, this is a review of the song and not the town.

That said, knowing a bit about the town helps you understand why Quentin E Klopjaeger was so cheerful about going there (that and the fact that no one would know him as really being the famous Billy Forrest using one of his many aliases). There is a carnival atmosphere about the song with flutes and drums and brass bands.

Released in 1969, this is a cover version of the Marty Wilde hit (to those of you who grew up in the 80’s Marty was Kim Wilde’s dad) and follows that version quite closely. However in those days that was the main form cover versions took and we can proudly lay claim to a version as good as the original.

Where to find it:
Fantasy – Quentin E Klopjaeger (Polydor 277019), 1969
The Heart And Soul Of – Billy Forrest (Gallo CDREDD 654), 2001

Lyrics:

Taking a trip up to Abergavenny
Hoping the weather is fine
If you should see a red dog running free
Well, you know he’s mine

A chase in the hills up to Abergavenny
I’ve got to get there and fast
If you can’t go
Then I promise to show you a photograph

Ah, passing the time with paradise people
Paradise people are fine by me
Sunshine forever, lovely weather
Don’t you wish you could be…..

Taking a trip up to Abergavenny
Hoping the weather is fine
If you should see a red dog running free
Well, you know he’s mine

Ah, passing the time with paradise people
Paradise people are fine by me
Sunshine forever, lovely weather
Don’t you wish you could be…..

A chase in the hills up to Abergavenny
I’ve got to get there and fast
If you can’t go
Then I promise to show you a photograph
A little photograph, a little photograph
Up to Abergavenny

La-la-la-la……

(Written by Jack Geller & Frere Manston)

Website:

http://www.rock.co.za/files/klopjaeger_index.htm

Video:

Marty Wilde Version:

Links:

Abergavenny tourism:

http://www.abergavenny.net/

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