Song Lyric Sunday – Mersey Sound

A blast from the past is the prompt from Jim Adams, the host of Song Lyric Sunday. He has asked us to find a song from the Mersey Beat era of the 60s. There are so many that came out of Liverpool at that time, including the Beatles, but for me one that song that describes the feeling of the time is ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey” by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry Marsden wrote the song.

The first video below was remastered in stereo and the second is the original song. Hope you enjoy them.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season!

The Song

The Mersey Ferry runs along the Mersey river from Liverpool to the Wirral Peninsula in England. It still runs, but these days is mostly a tourist attraction. Written by lead singer Gerry Marsden, the song is a nostalgic look at the area where he is from.

The music played by bands from the Liverpool area around this time became known as the “Mersey Sound.” This song came to symbolize the style, which was made famous by The Beatles and The Kinks.
In 1965, Gerry & the Pacemakers starred in a film called Ferry Cross The Mersey, which was based on this song. The song and the film took off together. The song reached the top ten in the UK in 1964 and in the USA in 1965. Many years later, the life of frontman Gerry Marsden was re-created in a stage musical, also called Ferry Cross the Mersey. The musical opened in Liverpool and was staged elsewhere, including Australia and the USA.

“Ferry Cross The Mersey” was remade in May 1989 as a charity version to help those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans. Featuring Gerry Marsden and other Liverpool stars such as Paul McCartney, The Christians, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Holly Johnson, it reached #1 in the UK and raised millions of pounds.

Fun Facts

The Mersey is a famous river in Liverpool, England, a city in which the Beatles began their musical career. But this song was begun by another group of Merseyside musicians called Gerry and the Pacemakers. “Ferry Cross the Mersey” was produced by George [now Sir George] Martin, who was responsible for almost all of the records recorded by The Beatles.

You can still catch the Mersey ferry and cross the river Mersey today. It sails from Birkenhead into Liverpool. And as sometimes happens with song lyrics, there is a dispute as to whether the word is “cross” or “across.” Some people write “Ferry, ‘Cross the Mersey,” meaning “across” the river, but the correct version is “cross.” It’s a command or request to the ferry captain meaning, “Please cross the Mersey.”

The Lyrics

Life goes on day after day
Hearts torn in every way

So ferry 'cross the Mersey
'Cause this land's the place I love
And here I'll stay

People, they rush everywhere
Each with their own secret care
So ferry 'cross the Mersey
And always take me there
The place I love

People around every corner
Seem to smile and say
We don't care what your name is, boy
We'll never turn you away

So I'll continue to say
Here I always will stay

So ferry 'cross the Mersey
'Cause this land's the place I love
And here I'll stay
And here I'll stay
Here I'll stay

Writer/s: Gerrard Marsden 
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


Courtesy of Songfacts

  11 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Mersey Sound

  1. December 18, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    The best of the best 💜

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Yes, I just loved his voice ☺️💕

  2. December 18, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I chose this one too.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Yay! It was very special wasn’t it Di? ☺️💕

      • December 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm

        It’s a lovely song. My Mum loved them singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

      • Christine Bolton
        December 20, 2022 at 8:59 am

        Yes it was a Classic.

      • December 20, 2022 at 2:16 pm

        🙂

  3. December 18, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Yes! Super song for the prompt! I’ve always liked this one. Interesting learning more about the Mersey and the area, too. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Barbara. I thought it was beautifully arranged and Gerry’s voice was amazing ☺️💕

  4. December 18, 2022 at 9:37 am

    I remember hearing this song Christine and it is iconic. Have you ever been on the ferry? The second video was very cool.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 19, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Jim. No, not the ferry on the Mersey but I did take the ferry from Liverpool to Belfast when I was a kid.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: