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Thread #11671   Message #1371807
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Jan-05 - 04:30 AM
Thread Name: Richard Thompson: Your Favourite Song?
Subject: ADD: We Sing Hallelujah (Richard Thompson)
I got these lyrics from http://www.richardthompson-music.com/song_o_matic.asp?id=49. I heard it a number of times over the last week at San Francisco's Camp Harmony. It has a beautiful sound, but the lyrics are kind of a downer. I heard one person at Camp Harmony sing his own lyrics for this song - a far more uplifting version.
I don't think this song is related to And I'll Sing Alleluia - or is it?

-Joe Offer-



We Sing Hallelujah
Written by Richard Thompson
Appears on I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
Live! (More or Less)   (1976)

A man, he's like a rusty wheel
On a rusty cart
He sings his song as he rattles along
And then he falls apart

And we'll sing hallelujah
At the turning of the year
And we work all day in the old fashioned way
'Till the shining star appears

A man, he's like a briar
He covers himself with thorns
He laughs like a clown when his fortune's down
And his clothes are ragged and torn

And we'll sing hallelujah
At the turning of the year
And we work all day in the old fashioned way
'Till the shining star appears

A man, he's like a three string fiddle
Hanging upon the wall
He plays when somebody scrapes on the bow
Or he can't play at all

And we'll sing hallelujah
At the turning of the year
And we work all day in the old fashioned way
'Till the shining star appears

A man, he's like his father
Wishes he was never born
He longs for the time when the clock will chime
And he's dead for evermore

And we'll sing hallelujah
At the turning of the year
And we work all day in the old fashioned way
'Till the shining star appears

And we'll sing hallelujah
At the turning of the year
And we work all day in the old fashioned way
'Till the shining star appears