According to the 8-page James Weams' No. 1 Tyneside Song Book
(1887), song, a tale of love and Sally Gee, was penned by James Weams himself under the title of Lass on the Quay
. In the song, Sally Gee must have been something of a hag ( she has a cast iv hor eye, ..... gorra hump, walks with a stick ...., is as black as any craa
) but good hearted none-the-less and adored by the narrator. In trying to gain her affection, he becomes destitute and ends up doing six months in Durham Jail.
Oozing with Geordie humour, it is a firm favourite with the Tyneside Maritime Chorus
and I have particularly enjoyed Dave Brocksop's version which he often sung at The Bridge Folk Club
and other folk venues.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook