"Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka " has a special place in my repertoire as it was the first Geordie song that I had learned whilst still in Geordieland and which I trusted myself to sing before my peers in the legendary The Bridge Folk Club
to a mostly Geordie audience. It has an added appeal in that I wrote an arrangement whereby the singer could be accompanied by a recorder quintet. This arrangement was duly performed in October 2012 at a private function, also at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne, by some male members of The North East Recorder Orchestra
much to the general amusement of those present.
The song itself is a delightful nonsense about "wor" [our] Geordie who managed to lose his ball bearing down a gutter. He went to extraordinary lengths including, amongst other items, a terrier, clothes prop and gun powder to retrieve the said ball bearing from the gutter's depths. All was to no avail and he finally blew up the gutter again without any success. The punch line is that the ball bearing was in his pocket the whole time. Just the sort of nonsense that I delight in with the added merit that it can really be belted out.
A pretty good version with piano accompaniment can be found in Singing Hinnies Book 1