"" Writer's Wanderings: Ferry Cross the Mersey

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ferry Cross the Mersey

Do you remember this song from Gerry and the Pacemakers? 

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

While thumbing through one of the travel books our kids have given us over the years (do they know we're spending their inheritance?), I came across several water trips that were recommended. There is a Mersey River in Liverpool. Liverpool? Doesn't that mean the Beatles? 

Yes. And the famous black and red ferries still run with several itineraries including one that is Beatle-themed. Check out the Mersey Ferry site for the information.

While I was wrong in assuming the Beatles had recorded the song, there were still lots of connections to the Fab Four and the Mersey. The bands that came out of that area of Liverpool were called the Mersey sound in music and there was a newspaper created called the Mersey Beat which was used to promote the Beatles and I assume other groups from the area. 

I guess the next time we are in the area we are going to have to ferry 'cross the Mersey and check it out.

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