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North By North

  • (J. O'Connor)

    North by north they travelled, south by south
    For money in their pockets and food in their mouths
    Counting the pennies and biding their time
    West to the ocean, the end of the line

    They travel the long miles, those women and men
    Who only want a chance to start over again
    So easy to give up, so hard to get by
    They leave all their families and homes far behind

    Away from the north-west, its factory towns
    For to find a warm place to lay a body down
    So far from when they started, so little in hand
    Oh where did we go in this fruitful land

    They all used to work in the auto and steel
    Till the rug was pulled out, tell me how do they feel
    Towards the men who had held all their dreams in their hand
    They ran with the money and left them with sand

    I talked about change to a man yesterday
    We stood on the corner and this he did say
    I followed the rules and I never asked why
    Now the system's not working and neither am I

    (as sung yb Arthur Johnstone)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1989:] The Canadian band 'Shay's Rebellion' gave me the words of this song, which tells how American people had to move to try and find work when traditional industries closed down. It could easily be applied to thousands of people all over Britain today. (Notes Arthur Johnstone, 'North By North')

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