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The Lag Song

  • (Ewan MacColl)

    When I was a young lad sometimes I'd wonder
    What happened to time when it passed
    Then one day I found out that time just lands in prison
    And there it is held fast

    When I was a young man I used to go courting
    And dream of the moon and the stars
    The moon is still shining the dreams they are all broken
    On these hard iron bars

    Look out of the window over the roofs there
    And over the walls see the sky
    Just one flying leap and you could make your getaway
    If only you could fly

    The prison is sleeping the night watch is keeping
    Its watch over seven hundred men
    And behind every cell door a sleeping lag is dreaming
    Oh to be free again

    Go write me a letter addressed to my number
    But say you remember my name
    So I'll be reminded of how the world outside goes
    And feel a man again

    Got time on my hands I've got time on my shoulder
    Got plenty of time on my mind
    There's no summer or winter when once you land inside here
    Just that old prison grind

    Repeat 1

    (as sung by The Dubliners / Luke Kelly)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1977:] Ewan MacColl wrote this song in 1965 for "In Prison", a BBC documentary film on Strangeways prison, Manchester. (Notes Peggy Seeger & Ewan MacColl, 'Cold Snap')

Quelle: England

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