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Thread #9599   Message #2225105
Posted By: GUEST
30-Dec-07 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yesterday's Men (Phil Coulter)
Subject: ADD: YESTERDAYS MEN
YESTERDAYS MEN

'Twas Joey the weasel who gave us the wire
They're closing the factory down
We didn't believe him, we called him a liar
The redundancy letters came round
I read mine in silence and choked back a tear
'Twas hard to believe after twenty-five years


Farewell me companions me friends and me workmates
Farewell to the paydays the pints and the crack
For we gave them our best years
Now they're paying us back
By making us yesterday's men, sure as hell
They're making us yesterday's men


So we said our goodbyes by the factory gates
One cold Friday evening last year
And I saw it all there in the eyes of me mates
The sorrow, the anger, the fear
Like our fathers before us we worked there with pride
Now we fought back the bitterness burning inside


Now Johnny says she, give the kids a few bob
After all sure it is Friday night
Well how could I tell her I was out of a job
From now things were going to be tight
How well I remember, it cut like a knife
I was never a day on the dole in me life


The machines now are silent, the workbenches bare
And there's dust on the factory floor
They've boarded the windows, they've chained up the gates
And they've padlocked the factory door
And I'm on the scrapheap and I'm thirty-nine
Just one of the thousands shot down in me prime

Repeat Chorus

Farewell me companions me friends and me workmates
Farewell to the paydays the pints and the crack
For we gave them our best years
Now they're paying us back
By making us yesterday's men, sure as hell
They're making us yesterday's men
making us yesterday's
making us yesterday's
making us yesterday's men