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Friday, February 3, 2012

Billy Bragg's "Between the Wars"

One of Billy's best... timeless.

I was a miner
I was a docker
I was a railway man
Between the wars.
I raised a family
In times of austerity
With sweat at the foundry
Between the wars.

I paid the union and as times got harder
I looked to the government to help the working man
But they brought prosperity down at the armoury
"We're arming for peace me boys,
Between the wars."

I kept the faith and I kept voting
Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand,
For theirs is a land with a wall around it
And mine is a faith in my fellow man.

Theirs is a land of hope and glory
Mine is the green field and the factory floor.
Theirs are the skies all dark with bombers
And mine is the peace we knew
Between the wars.

Call up the craftsmen
Bring me the draughtsmen
Build me a path from cradle to grave,
And I'll give my consent
To any government
That does not deny a man a living wage.

Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by.
Sweet moderation,
Heart of this nation,
Desert us not, we are
Between the wars.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great lyrics.