Most musical styles, even ones in vogue only briefly, get recorded anthems of sorts, even if many of these are somewhat contrived. "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was an anthem of sorts for Merseybeat music, if only because it was the only major British Invasion hit to specifically mention the Mersey. "Ferry Cross the Mersey" actually wasn't typical Merseybeat rock; it was a sentimental ballad with strings, not the cheerful rhythm guitar-driven rock'n'roll much more typical of the genre. But it was released at just the right time -- 1964 -- and was (and is still) taken to hearts by those who became besotted by Liverpool in the early days of the British Invasion. And it wasn't that bad a song either, starting with a gently rolling drum tap before a dramatic low note began a bittersweet guitar phrase that recurs throughout the verse. "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was modestly ambitious, for Merseybeat anyway, in lyrics that didn't detail the usual lightweight young romantic themes, but painted, if only in basic terms, life in the Merseyside and the singer's attachment to it. And since it was written and sung by a genuine Liverpudlian, Gerry Marsden, it wasn't just a contrivance; Marsden's sincere love for his hometown came across in his measured yet melodramatic delivery. The melodrama came out in stronger force in the bridge, where the tune became a little more uplifting and broad-sweeping, with Marsden almost proclaiming the lyrics about the natives' loyalty with a strident quality akin to a theatrical production. Marsden's pledges to stay in the land he loved might have had some real resonance with Merseysiders, who even in mid-1964 had already seen the most famous Merseyside rock band, the Beatles, leave Liverpool for good. "Ferry Cross the Mersey" has delicate, soundtrack-like strings and flute, produced by Beatles producer George Martin, before the Beatles had used strings on any of their records. And "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was indeed penned specifically for the movie of the same name, starring Gerry & the Pacemakers. The single would prove far more durable than the film, making the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic, whereas the movie's been forgotten.