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Thread #129436   Message #4062864
Posted By: YorkshireYankee
04-Jul-20 - 08:16 PM
Thread Name: Req: Songs of political despair
Subject: RE: Req: Songs of political despair
A couple more:
(Note: neither of the blue clickies worked when I tested them, but am including them anyway, in case it was a temporary glitch. They're both on Mudcat, if you do a search.)

Poverty Knock

Prospect, Providence, Perseverance
By Keith Marsden

The last verse is one of the most despairing I've ever heard (the rest of the song is about how the fellow singing it is looking forward to retirement after a lifetime of grindingly hard work):

Though the pension's low still the prices rise, my wife's going out of her mind,
And I'm no longer sure what it's all been for, the year long, lifelong grind.
And I'd dust so long that my lungs have gone, and I cannot get my breath.
I can't laugh or talk or even walk, and I long for the peace of death.