The Gangers Wife – Matthews & While
Written for the BBC Radio 2 documentary ‘Tales from the towpath – the building of the Manchester ship canal’

They built this house for those who work upon the great canal,
I am the gangers wife, I serve them all, they treat me well,
Theres ganger John and I and the men he works beside,
Brothers to each other and sons to me.
Once I saw no future, no family did I Know.
But now,

CHORUS

I am the gangers wife,
It is my name, It is my life,
And this is home to those who build the great canal,
Boys and men, home again, from the great canal.

We worship one and all, Sundays at the mission hall,
The children learn to read there every day,
But when sarurday comes round,
Its to the mission hall we`re bound,
To laugh and dance the working week away.
I take a dance with all the boys,
But save the waltz for him.
For,

CHORUS

I am the gangers wife,
It is my name, it is my life,
And this is home to those who build the great canal,
Yes I am the gangers wife,
It is my name, it is my life,
And this is home to those who build the great canal,
Boys and men, home again from the great canal.