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Thread #35062   Message #4061870
Posted By: Jim Dixon
28-Jun-20 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Idlers and Skivers (Keith Marsden)
Subject: Lyr Add: IDLERS AND WASTERS (Corndodgers)
I ran across this on Spotify while searching for "Idlers and Skivers." I'm not sure what to make of it. I think it's meant to be ironic, but British irony often confuses me. This cuts a little too close to the bone to be in good taste, it seems to me, at least by American standards.

It can also be found on YouTube.


IDLERS AND WASTERS*
As recorded by The Corndodgers on "Skylarks" (2019)

We are idlers; we are wasters.
Can't be arsed to tie our laces.
Can't be bothered with the bother of it all.
We think the whole world is against us
Like the mothers who half-raised us.
We learn to steal before we learn to crawl.

Heave away, haul away, heave away.

We are idlers; we are wasters.
We have faces like potatoes,
And we don't have any doubt about the score.
We are animals and cannibals.
We'll find out if you're flammable.
We know exactly what our feet are for.

Heave away, haul away, heave away.

We are idlers; we are wasters.
We drink rum with whiskey chasers,
And we don't get out of bed till after four.
We are reckless; we are feckless.
We drink Special Brew for breakfast.
We're the people you find pissing on your door.

Heave away, haul away, heave away.

We are idlers; we are wasters.
We are trapped on our estates,
The least deserving of the undeserving poor.
We are layabouts and scroungers
In our scruffy council houses,
Good for nothing till you need to fight a war.

Heave away, haul away, heave away.

Heave away, haul away, heave away.

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* It's spelled "Waisters" both on Spotify and YouTube, but surely they meant "Wasters", right?