Cruising Down the River

(On A Sunday Afternoon)

Words & Music by Eily Beadell & Nell Tollerton*
Recorded by Russ Morgan, 1949 (#1)**

D        G         D          E 
Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon,

     A                           D       Fdim    A
With one you love, the sun above waiting for the moon.

    D      G       D         E   Fdim  E   Fdim    E
The old accordian playing a sen - ti - men - tal tune,

 D        G        D    E7    A7          D
Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon.


     D9   D7/9       D9     D7/9     D9     D7/9     G
The birds above all sing of love, a gentle sweet refrain;

     E7     E7/9     E7     E7/9       E7     E7/9        A7
The winds around all make a sound like softly fall - ing rain.

     D  Fdim G  Fdim  Gdim   D          E   Fdim  E   Fdim   E
Just two of  us  to - geth - er, we'll plan   a  hon - ey - moon

D        Gdim      B7   E7   A7     G  E7    A7    D
Cruising down the river on a Sun - day af - ter - noon.

*One source I have seen suggests that the authors were two middle-aged women who wrote the song to win a British songwriting contest in 1945. In June of 2005, I received confirmation of this from the neice of Lou Preager, the gentleman who actually conducted the contest and awarded the 1000-pound prize to two such women.

**Blue Baron also had a #1 hit with his version of this song the same year.

Recent visitor Howard B. was able to fill in the preceeding story with the following data:

"I can confirm that it was in fact written by two women, the winner of the competition "Write a tune for £1000". The two women worked at Kennards department store in Wimbledon, a place frequented by my mother in days gone by. I'm not so sure they were middle aged, as some suggest, they might have been younger, I'm not sure. But I well remember the event!"

Another recent visitor also wrote, saying, "I can confirm that the song was written for a nationally advertised song competition. The competition was indeed "Write a tune for £1000". I know this is true as my grandfather Howard Docker also entered this competition and was a runner up prize winner."

This visitor is also interested in locating who might have the songs submitted -- because he'd like to have a copy of his grandfather's entry. If anyone can help, let me know!

Yet another recent visitor, Rogger Nuttal, submitted the following:

"I can add a bit of first-hand knowledge to this entry.

"The song was written by two members of Tolly and her trio, who played in the genteel café at Elys, Wimbledon (not Kennard's, I think.) Think Hinge and Bracket - they wore long black gowns, and played an undemanding repertoire of light classics and popular songs on violins, cello and piano. I was at school nearby, and we used to drop in sometimes for a quiet giggle. They certainly seemed middle-aged to us, though that's unreliable - everybody looks middle-aged when you're fourteen.

"In the style of the time, each number was "announced" by placing a card on a little easel, like a proto-flipboard. After their success, about every fifteen minutes they put a card saying "Request" on the easel and played that damn song again."

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.