None of the
above. Moorhouse not only composed all of the tunes on TRAVELLERS´
TALES but sings them as well, accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar
& harmonica (backed up by four other skilful musicians). The resulting
CD is a splendid achievement, a collection of deeply-felt, beautifully-sung
ballads, some serious and sad, others rollicking and bawdy.
The "various characters" include the denizens of a local pub who require all who enter to cheer them up with a ditty; the East Looe Boys who enjoyed brawling in the pubs and streets when young, only to end up dying for each other on in the World War; and Madame Whiplash, who introduced Alan and his chums to the pleasures of spanking and sex:
"Oh Madam Whiplash! With your stare cruel and despotic--How I find you so erotic, Madam Whiplash!
Clench your fists and look tyrannical, clasp my wrists into those manacles!
Madam Whiplash! Tie me up over there against your fender, I'm for the trap that's not so tender.
From behind your leather mask, You shall take me hard to task, Madam Whiplash. Oh you must thrash me again.
Madam Whiplash, you're what makes us Englishmen!"