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The Old Man

Artist:The Dubliners  Album:Together Again 

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At the turning of the century I was a boy of five My father went to fight the Boers and never came back alive My mother left to bring us up no charity would seek So she washed and scrubbed and brought us up on 7/6 a week When I was twelve I left the school and went to find a job With growin' kids my ma was glad of the extra couple of bob I know that better schooling would have stood me in good stead But you can't afford refinements when you're struggling for your bread And when the Great War came along I didn't hesitate I took the royal shilling and went off to do my bit I fought in mud and tears and blood three years or thereabout Then I copped some gas in Flanders and was invalided out And when the war was over and we'd finished with the guns I got back into civvies and I thought the fighting done I'd won the right to live in peace but I didn't have no luck For soon I found I had to fight for the right to go to work In 'twenty-six the General Strike found me out on the street For I'd a wife and kids by then and their needs I couldn't meet But a brave new world was coming and the brotherhood of man But when the strike was over we were back where we began


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