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Workers Song

  • (Ed Pickford)

    Come all of you workers who toil night and day
    By hand and by brain to earn your pay
    Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
    Have bled for your country and counted your dead

    In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
    We've often been told to keep up with the times
    For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
    And with slide-rule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed

    And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
    Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore
    And expected to die for the land of our birth
    When we've never owned one handful of earth

    We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
    We're the first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
    But we're always the last when the cream is shared out
    For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

    And all of these things the worker has done
    From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
    Aye yoked to the plough since time first began
    And always expected to carry the can

    (as sung by Dick Gaughan)

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  • [1985:] Have you ever noticed how, in times of War, the working class are the "heroic British (or American, or German, or Australian, or ...) people" yet, whenever we have fought for the right to vote, the right to work, the right to educate or any other right, we become "extremists" or a "politically motivated minority"? (Notes Dick Gaughan, 'Live In Edinburgh')

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